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NEWS 22nd February 2017


Manchester will welcome the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Mr Koji Tsuruoka to the city on Tuesday 21st February. The visit aims to celebrate the region’s relationship with Japan, whilst showcasing Greater Manchester as an investment and business destination for Japanese investors, especially in the areas science, innovation, infrastructure and transport. Japan is an important partner…

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“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

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Manchester is the place to do a deal. From New York and London, they come to be closer to the action; bankers and lawyers; surveyors and developers; financiers and accountants. The scale of opportunity here puts us in a different league. There’s a quarter of a million people working in the biggest regional financial and professional services hub in the UK. Manchester’s dynamic and growing economy, together with our connections to London and other global centres, creates a world of new opportunities.

Manchester provides the optimum location for national and regional offices. Relocating or consolidating back and middle-office operations here delivers significant cost benefits and operational efficiencies. RBS employs more than 7,000 people in the city, including the new European Operations Centre for RBS Global Banking and Markets.  Some of Manchester’s biggest investors are home-grown, like the Co-operative Group which includes significant banking and insurance operations. The group has been in Manchester for 150 years, and its spectacular new £100 million headquarters demonstrates a commitment to invest here long-term.

Manchester has the scale of commercial activity; an unbeatable choice of premier office developments; but most importantly, it has people with the right skills. More than 250,000 work for international banks; big accountancy firms; dozens of major law firms and hundreds of consultancies that support the Manchester economy. Our skills pipeline includes 30,000 graduates every year from local universities, including Manchester Business School, which is ranked number one in the world for accounting research and first in the UK for business research. Our links with the world’s leading financial centre was demonstrated when the Lord Mayor of the City of London said that ‘Manchester is part of the Square Mile and the Square Mile is part of Manchester’. And with fast and frequent trains to London and direct flights to New York, Frankfurt, Geneva, Singapore and 200 other destinations, you can serve a global client-base from Manchester.

To find out more about financial and professional services in Greater Manchester, please contact:

Andrew Toolan, Business Development Manager:

Andrew Toolan

Business Development Manager

Specialist in international trade and development in the financial & professional services sector in the UK & North American markets.

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