The Smarter HQ Location
Manchester is a major headquarters location. Home to a growing number of global, European and national HQ offices. From gleaming skyscrapers with vistas over the Peak District and the Pennines, to rural business parks with views of Manchester’s rising cityscape. Tap into our smart, savvy, multilingual workforce and give your company a boost by choosing a cost-effective yet globally connected HQ location.
International property experts Cushman & Wakefield have ranked Manchester as the number one city to locate a new headquarters operation. The city region has all the key ingredients that modern businesses are looking for: proven track record; large and growing skills base; the ability to attract the best and the brightest; and doorstep connectivity to the rest of the world. Global headquarters located here include Umbro, PZ Cussons and The Cooperative Group, who are investing £100 million in a 325,000 sq ft iconic offices for 3,000 staff in the city centre. Manchester is the European headquarters for global brands like Brother and new arrivals Etihad from UAE and Aegis from India; and UK headquarters for hundreds of firms including Kellogg’s, Adidas, Siemens and Totesport.
Recent decisions to locate major parts of the BBC here and the growth of shared service centres for Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Royal Bank of Scotland, is proof of Manchester’s ability to provide the management and specialist skills needed for headquarters offices. The scale of our financial and professional services cluster demonstrates a very large pool of well-trained managers that is being added to each year with 30,000 new graduates from our five universities. Language skills are available in abundance with existing back-office teams already serving more than 20 different markets.
Alongside our amazing workforce, it is the unrivalled international connectivity that draws global businesses to Manchester. No other airport serves as many places as Manchester, with 220 destinations including daily flights to North America, the Middle East and Asia. Add to this the fast and frequent trains to most UK cities, more motorways than anywhere else, and office costs that are a third lower than London, it’s clear to see why Manchester is becoming the location of choice for headquarters.