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NEWS 21st September 2016

£1.5m Foundry Film Studios open in Salford

              Doors have opened at the new £1.5 million Foundry Film Studios in Salford. The 8,000-square foot purpose-built venue on Ordsall Lane has been designed for the creation of TV and advertising content, as well as photo shoots and events. Its 10-strong staff is being led by managing director James Shannon, who…

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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 a hardwired playground for geeks and techies. At least, that’s what the world’s biggest IT firms tell us. The talent-hungry choose to invest here because the brightest brains choose to live and study here. With five thousand computer graduates every year and the UK’s largest university computing department, Manchester is the info tech capital for hardware, software and IT services. But what else did you expect from the birthplace of the computer?

Convergence and collaboration are driving IT and Manchester is at the centre of the action. Our creative and digital scene opens up possibilities to work with global broadcasters and content creators. International healthcare companies offer opportunities around medical technologies, telemedicine and eHealth. And our professional services cluster and super-fast telecoms infrastructure offer all the hard and soft infrastructure you need to succeed. IBM first chose Manchester in 1925. They’ve been investing ever since and recently opened a new systems software development lab. Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Fujitsu, Logica, BT and Sunguard have all invested in Manchester.

One of the biggest concentrations of computing talent in Europe can be found around Manchester’s universities. More than 5,000 computing graduates each year are fuelling the growth of the sector. The talent pool here is wide and deep and includes 50,000 IT workers in the city and a further 50,000 in the wider region. Manchester’s home-grown IT companies are pioneering new solutions; firms like Outsourcery, who deliver cloud services to smartphones and UKFast who provide secure data centres across Manchester.

For more information about the ICT industry in the Greater Manchester, please contact:

Hannah Tracey, Business Development Manager, Hannah.tracey@midas.org.uk

Hannah Tracey

Business Development Manager

Specialist in the ICT and digital sectors.

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