Manchester

Manchester is the North West’s forward looking and inspirational city region. It is a world class business and investment location with all the benefits and attractions of a vibrant European metropolis.

Recognised around the world for commerce, culture and two premiership footballing giants, the fastest growing regional capital in the UK with an economy equal to that of Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield combined. Manchester benefits from a world class, multimodal integrated transport infrastructure that provides fast and affordable connectivity throughout the conurbation and to the rest of the world.

Manchester offers people a great place to live, work, visit and critically, a fantastic place for business. The city has an incredible talent pool of people and with the recent relocation of the BBC to Manchester’s MediaCityUK, Tomorrow Project and other global businesses with eyes on Manchester, this is set to rise. Manchester’s airport and transport infrastructure compete on a global level and it boasts a diverse and high quality portfolio of business properties. The city has
transformed itself into one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting cities in which to live and work, boasting an increasingly diverse economy and a real sense of investor confidence.

Manchester is ambitious, visionary and passionate about the future. Always at the forefront of pioneering business ideas and new ways of working. Manchester is investing billions of pounds to create exciting, modern and attractive environments that will be at the forefront of new industries and innovations. There’s a different scale of opportunity here that opens a world of possibilities for all businesses. Manchester is a great place to expand or locate a growing
business, and so do the BBC, Google, The Co-operative and thousands of other Manchester success stories.

Manchester has the largest student population in Britain and, with a head count of around 105,000, one of the very largest in all of Europe. The University of Manchester is the largest
single site university in the UK and has a student population of 39,000. This includes around 8,000 international students who come to the city from 180 different countries.

In terms of further education Manchester city region has more than 20 colleges and institutions all of which have varied specialties. The total student population for the city region is almost 400,000; over 100,000 of which are studying across the regions five universities: Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford, Bolton and University Centre Oldham.

The presence of such a vast student body, plus all the attendant academic, professional and support staff, makes the education sector an enormously important driver of demand for both short and long term rented accommodation.

Manchester is home to two of the largest shopping centre’s in the UK, the Trafford Centre and Arndale Centre plus a wide range of designer boutiques, independent stores and all the major brands including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Hermes, Belstaff, Armani, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Manchester has over 300 restaurants serving every type of cuisine, from restaurants by the two Michelin starred chefs Simon Rogan and Michael Caines at The French and Abode respectively, to celebrity chef Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House part of the hugely successful Living Ventures group with establishments across the city. Plus institutions like San Carlo providing a diverse and exciting restaurant scene.

Culture and leisure run through the core of Manchester from theatre and galleries to live music venues including the Manchester Arena, to cocktail bars, sky lounges and award winning large and boutique hotels. Manchester is the UK’s second city on many levels and a great city to visit, live or study in.

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