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Manchester’s growth as innovation and digital hub prompts recruiter Harvey Nash to open new office

Harvey Nash, the global professional recruitment and IT outsourcing group, today announced the extension of its UK office network by opening a dedicated recruiting hub in Manchester.

The new office launched in response to increasing demand in the region for technology experts. Recent economic trends for the North West of England have been positive and the emergence of a rapidly expanding technology sector in the area, including many web start-ups, has improved the employment landscape.

Jonathan Potter, Operations Manager for the new Harvey Nash office said:

“With organisations such as the BBC relocating a number of key departments to Salford Quays, and many other creative digital roles being created – by companies both large and small – it is a great time to be expanding into Manchester and the North West. We are confident that the skilled IT talent exists here to support our fast growing clients and we have already hosted a major CIO summit in the city to discuss the opportunities ahead.”

Harvey Nash is already retained to support a number of high profile brands with technology operations in the North West including The Co-operative Group, Yodel and Electricity North West. In addition, Adam Gerrard, Chief Technical Officer at The LateRooms Group, another Harvey Nash client based in the region, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Harvey Nash to Manchester where their expertise will directly support the continued growth plans of LateRooms.com and the wider LateRooms Group. I believe Harvey Nash will contribute to the creativity and energy that already exists within the business community here.”

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, said:

“We’re delighted that Harvey Nash is bringing its expertise in recruitment and IT to a new base in Manchester.  Their presence is an important addition to Manchester’s ongoing development as a major European digital hub.  Harvey Nash has strong relationships with an extensive database of clients in IT, software and technology – many of which now have a direct route to Manchester’s exceptional talent pool.”

Manchester is added to the Harvey Nash Group’s current UK and Ireland operations in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dublin, Surrey and a recently opened office in the City of London, Broadgate.

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Manchester's growth as innovation and digital hub prompts recruiter Harvey Nash to open new office

Harvey Nash, the global professional recruitment and IT outsourcing group, today announced the extension of its UK office network by opening a dedicated recruiting hub in Manchester.

The new office launched in response to increasing demand in the region for technology experts. Recent economic trends for the North West of England have been positive and the emergence of a rapidly expanding technology sector in the area, including many web start-ups, has improved the employment landscape.

Jonathan Potter, Operations Manager for the new Harvey Nash office said:

“With organisations such as the BBC relocating a number of key departments to Salford Quays, and many other creative digital roles being created – by companies both large and small – it is a great time to be expanding into Manchester and the North West. We are confident that the skilled IT talent exists here to support our fast growing clients and we have already hosted a major CIO summit in the city to discuss the opportunities ahead.”

Harvey Nash is already retained to support a number of high profile brands with technology operations in the North West including The Co-operative Group, Yodel and Electricity North West. In addition, Adam Gerrard, Chief Technical Officer at The LateRooms Group, another Harvey Nash client based in the region, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Harvey Nash to Manchester where their expertise will directly support the continued growth plans of LateRooms.com and the wider LateRooms Group. I believe Harvey Nash will contribute to the creativity and energy that already exists within the business community here.”

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, said:

“We’re delighted that Harvey Nash is bringing its expertise in recruitment and IT to a new base in Manchester.  Their presence is an important addition to Manchester’s ongoing development as a major European digital hub.  Harvey Nash has strong relationships with an extensive database of clients in IT, software and technology – many of which now have a direct route to Manchester’s exceptional talent pool.”

Manchester is added to the Harvey Nash Group’s current UK and Ireland operations in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dublin, Surrey and a recently opened office in the City of London, Broadgate.

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MIDAS Exceeds Annual Targets with over 3,000 Jobs Created by Projects in 2010-11

Manchester’s inward investment agency, MIDAS, has today released its end-of-year figures, which show the agency has once again exceeded targets – supporting the creation of 3,182 new jobs across Greater Manchester in 2010-11.

The investment and development agency also helped to safeguard a further 1,521 existing jobs, bringing the total number of jobs created and safeguarded to 4,703.

The jobs were created through the handling of 77 successful projects of which, 34 were investments from foreign markets including US, Europe, India and the Middle East.         

Angie Robinson, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “I’m delighted with the results MIDAS has achieved in 2011-12. Despite a particularly difficult business environment, we have achieved, and indeed exceeded, our targets for the year. We’ve successfully attracted global investors including Etihad, BskyB, Camwood, Fine Lady Bakery and RBS – the first investment banking project into Greater Manchester.

“On the back of a severe economic downturn, investors have been more cautious about making location choices and have had to ensure that decisions taken are the most cost-effective for their business. Initiatives such as ‘Hello Manchester’ – which offers a low-risk route market for small businesses – have helped us to demonstrate that Manchester can meet the financial requirements as well as offering access to a significant talent pool and excellent connectivity to market.

 “Looking ahead, MIDAS has set itself ambitious targets for the coming year. The changes to the public sector landscape have seen a national contractor appointed to deliver inward investment UK wide and work with agencies on the ground, such as MIDAS. MIDAS will remain the key point of contact for FDI delivery in Greater Manchester and we are increasing efforts even further to attract investors into the area, particularly from target overseas markets and in sectors with high growth potential.

“There are some very exciting developments being brought forward including MediaCityUK and the Airport City Enterprise Zone which add weight to the local offer and allow MIDAS to work with partners to position Manchester on the global stage.”

TAP Portugal launches new flight to Manchester

On June 1st TAP Portugal announced the launch of its inaugural flight from Manchester to Lisbon.  The launch event was attended by Angie Robinson, chief executive of MIDAS.   

The new route has opened up a wide range of potential business links with destinations in Europe and further afield in South America such as Madeira, Porto, the Azores, Rio de Janeiro, Natal and Recife.

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of MIDAS, said: “TAP Portugal’s new route is a fantastic addition to the Manchester Airport route network. It’s extremely important to Manchester – in terms of projects, Europe currently generates the most Foreign Direct Investment for the region. The business class flights from Lisbon will offer a great opportunity to develop links with Portugal.

“The Lisbon connection also opens up destinations further afield, in particular those in South America. Manchester has already been working closely with Brazil for example, to promote Soccerex – the world’s international football convention, which has staged its last two European Forums here and its Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro. The increased connectivity now available via TAP Portugal can only help to enhance such business relationships between these destinations.”

Carlos Paneiro, Vice President Sales for TAP Portugal, said: “The United Kingdom is the number one market for Portugal in terms of inbound tourism. Thus, the launch of direct operations between Manchester and Lisbon is very relevant to us as an airline, as Manchester is an important economic and industrial city in the UK, served by an efficient airport with a strong presence of major network carriers and able to accommodate air traffic expansion in the future”

The airline will run six non-stop flights a week offering full services in business and economy class. Early indications show that the new flight has received solid support from the market with a 75% load factor on the first service and approximately 15,000 customers booked over the coming months.

Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Having TAP Portugal announce a route to Lisbon from Manchester will not only give passengers access to Portugal’s capital city but TAP are also one of the largest carriers of passengers to South America from Europe and that opens even more destinations to our customer base in the North West. This adds another large European capital to our route network and we know it’ll prove popular with passengers from Manchester.”

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