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Manchester tops latest economic growth ranking



Manchester has been ranked  as the number one growth city outside of London by leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton.

The report ranks the high growth score of English cities across economic, demographic and environmental spheres over an eight year period, from 2004 to 2012.

Manchester was placed first with a score of 205, with Birmingham second and Milton Keynes third.

Cities were also ranked in terms of ‘dynamism’ – focusing on the quality of growth in terms of contributing towards local economic value. Here, Manchester ranks third outside of London behind Cambridge and Reading.

The report goes on to stress the importance of collaboration around growth corridors, addressing functional, large scale, economic areas which have been at the heart of growth over the last decade and are likely to maintain a pivotal role in shaping that growth in the future. Prevalent amongst these is the Liverpool – Manchester – Leeds corridor.

In addition Manchester has one of the highest levels of economic and social growth, encompassing the following factors;

  • Large local economies
  • High level of employment
  • Young and economically active workforce
  • Good access to services and amenities


Chicago firm moves into Manchester Science Parks

Alderley Park

The company, Hermatogenix chose Alderley Park in Cheshire above 10 other sites across the UK and Europe.

The molecular services firm aims to create up to 50 jobs for scientists in the region within three years.

Manchester Science Parks chief executive Rowena Burns predicts that this is a sign to come and represented true foreign investment in the regions life sciences sector.

Hematogenix is based in Tinley Park, Chicago, Illinois. Its laboratories focus on cancer related testing and other molecular based tests that serve a variety of physicians including pathologists, oncologists, urologists, gynecologists, and cardiologists, among others.

The company’s managing director, president and chief executive Dr Hytham Al-Masri said: “We are not bringing any people in from Chicago. In the first year we will create up to 15 jobs.

“In the next three years we could create up to 50 jobs depending on how it works out with certain trials.

“All those people will be employed from the fantastic talent pool that exists in Greater Manchester and the North West.”

International businesses attracted to Manchester’s Airport City location

airport city

A recent survey conducted by Deloitte and Airport City Manchester, showed that international business from regions such as China and India are growing.

Another insight which the survey uncovered was that foreign businesses are more than three times likely to pick an airport location rather than a city centre when looking to expand their North West operations.

The survey from Deloitte and Airport City Manchester, which monitors and reacts to trends and changes in inbound international business traveller behaviour at Manchester Airport,  found that 20 per cent of companies that already had a presence in the north west were looking to expand, more than double that in 2013.

Lynda Shillaw, divisional CEO Property at MAG, which is a 50 per cent joint venture partner in Airport City Manchester said: “Manchester Airport is an established international gateway and a surge in the number of businesses looking to expand in the region is certainly something to be celebrated.

“What is most interesting to see is the wide range of sectors coming to the region, with manufacturing, TMT and healthcare the top three.

“Airport City Manchester is the perfect location to meet the requirements of such a diverse range of occupiers. Offering unrivalled connectivity regionally, nationally and internationally access to a strong talent pool and a positive quality of life is the ideal choice for any international business looking to relocate, with costs up to 40% cheaper than London developments.

“The demand is there, so our focus is to showcase how we can meet occupier requirements, demonstrating both the benefits of being at Airport City Manchester as an occupier and how easy the transition is for international businesses that choose to locate themselves here.”

With a significant rise in business travellers from India transport links between India and the North West are positive. India is one of the fastest growing economics in the world furthermore, with the development of Airport City Manchester; the north west should stand out on the global stage for business.

Flybe increases flights from Manchester to Amsterdam due to demand from business travellers


The year round routes to Amsterdam will start at the beginning of the 2014/15 winter season.

The flights will run daily from the 26 October in order to ease business travel for those travelling to and from Amsterdam.

These regular flight times have been introduced for business travellers who need to accommodate a full day’s diary.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s CCO, said: “Flybe is the largest scheduled airline by the volume of traffic movements at Manchester and, based on existing evidence, the demand for flights between there and Amsterdam is already extremely high.

“This is why we have conveniently scheduled our new flights to ensure the best possible times for our business customers and also for those making Flybe connections through our Manchester hub onward to Schiphol.”



Bury based set for international expansion


Bury based is set to create international versions of their website, and aims to be trading in 50 countries by the end of 2014.

The online retailer of designer sunglasses, watches and prescription glasses has already had a significant expansion into 20 countries such as South Africa, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Poland India and Canada.

The international sites are completely translated into the relevant language and have delivery and returns information specific to each country.

The company was founded in 2000 by David Allen and Jocelyn Anders; it is now the UK’s largest independent online retailer of sunglasses and watches.

David Allen, managing director, said: “We are strengthening our international presence in response to our loyal global customers.

“The business has also changed its delivery policy to ship to any country worldwide for free, further increasing the incentive for international customers to place sales and we can currently deliver to Australia faster than an Australian e-tailer. We pride ourselves on customer service and aim to continue serving our loyal customer base both in the UK and overseas for years to come.” has an extensive collection of over 35 designer sunglasses brands ranging from the high end and sought-after luxury labels such as Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Prada to the fresh, cool and edgy brands including Ray Ban, Carrera, and Police.

The Shade Station watch collection comprises of over 55 incredible brands ranging from the Marc by Marc Jacobs watches to the luxurious Michael Kors watches.



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