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City GuideManchester - to be updated

The City

Manchester is a thriving city in the north west of England, a city of action, famous for the origin of women’s suffrage and the invention of the computer through to a significant music scene.

Economy

Manchester is seen as a competitive business location as the city is constantly innovating and developing. MOre recently it is excelling in 3 cutting edge sectors; life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and creative and digital media. Manchester is home to Europe’s largest clinical academic campus and several medical research institutes. In terms of manufacturing, there is a growing focus on engineering advanced materials, such as graphene. In addition, Manchester is at the centre of driving digital innovation and creative growth.

Transport

When in Manchester, take advantage of TfGM, the advanced public transport system. There is a free bus service which links the main rail station, shopping districts, and business areas or you can hop on one of the Metrolink trams, which are so frequent they don’t need a timetable! Additionally, rail networks will connect you to Greater Manchester’s neighbouring districts and further afield.

Education

Manchester has a number of universities in and close to the city. The University of Manchester, a Russell group university, ranked in the top 30 universities worldwide. There is also Manchester Metropolitan University, one of the largest universities in the UK. The University of Salford, Royal Northern College of Music, UMIST, Victoria University and a number of other higher education establishments, make Manchester the most vibrant of UK student cities. Manchester is known to have the largest student population outside of London, with over 100,000 students. 

Retail

Manchester has a number of shopping centres, you will find an unrivalled selection of international brands combined with the best of British department stores. These shopping centres include Arndale Shopping Centre, Trafford and Lime Square Shopping centre. Or, for something different visit the boutique district around King Street or outside of the city try Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

Leisure and sport

Arts, culture, sports, music, fine dining, Manchester has it all. For a dash of culture, visit the grand John Rylands Library. Or explore the city’s industrial past by heading to the Museum of Science and Industry. Otherwise, you can enjoy some brilliant live music in one of their quirky venues with an amazing atmosphere. If there are any football fans out there, don’t miss out on a chance to get a tour around the Manchester City and Manchester United Football Club stadiums.

Hotels

In Manchester, you’ll find a variety of accommodation available in all styles, standards and price budgets. Whether you are looking for something and affordable to complete your family city break or maybe you’d like to splash out on something more lavish and luxurious with infinity pools to be the perfect addition to your celebratory weekend. This is a city where you can be sure to find something to suit everyone’s needs and tastes.

City Key Facts & Figures

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Population

547,600

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GVA (billions)

£ 1,764

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Working Population

71%

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Employment Rate

73%

Top 5 Business Sectors in Manchester

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Business Count by Size (%)

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Key Employers

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Employment by Occupation (%)

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Local Transport

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  • Main Roads: A635, A56, A6, A6010
  • Manchester Victoria Station
  • Market Street Station
  • Piccadilly Gardens Station
  • Manchester Metrolink

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  1. Manchester Airport
  2. City Airport and Heliport
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