Manchester takes a bite of the Big Apple - MIDAS

Manchester takes a bite of the Big Apple

Google, IBM, American Airlines and Goldman Sachs are just some of the companies in New York who joined the Manchester Business Club following its launch in the city last week.

Around 60 new members joined the Club after the event on 12 May at Soho House. MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency, and Manchester Airport launched the Manchester Business Club in New York as part of a continued drive to build links between Manchester and leading global city economies.

Sir Harold Evans

On the night, Sir Harold Evans – originally from Newton Heath in Manchester – entertained guests with his fond memories of his home city, giving the audience an insight into living and working in Manchester.

Sir Harold talked about his autobiography ‘My Paper Chase’, covering his early life and his time in the British newspaper industry. As well as starting his career at Manchester Evening News, he served as editor of The Times and The Sunday Times. He is now editor-at-large of The Week magazine and was honoured with a knighthood in 2004.

The New York branch of the Manchester Business Club is the third in the series and the launch event was attended by Manchester Airport, MIDAS, Marketing Manchester, UKTI and North of England. Other attendees included representatives from Continental Airlines, The Rocco Forte Collection, Radisson, The Palace Hotel and The Midland Hotel, all of whom signed up to become members.

The event comes after successful launches of Manchester Business Club in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and total membership of the club is now over 600 people.

Manchester Business Club focuses on working closely with foreign-owned companies based in the Manchester City Region who have located there to enjoy costs up to 40% lower than London, a strong and diverse talent pool, attractive commercial properties, superb universities and colleges and a world class airport and transport connections.

Membership of Manchester Business Club provides benefits including high-level networking, exclusive events and knowledge sharing. Members also have access to Manchester Airport’s Escape lounge in Terminal 2 and, from July 2010, access to the new Escape lounge in Terminal 1, fast track facilities, exclusive car and valet parking and retail offers.

Manchester Business Club is free to join, by invitation only. For more information visit:

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