Manchester is THE place where industry innovation, development and deployment happens.

The city is an eCommerce powerhouse that has nurtured several of the UK's homegrown retail tech unicorns, such as The Hut Group and Matillion.

Why Manchester?

With almost 3,000 eCommerce and related companies, including our high-growth companies – such as Missguided, Fanatics, and Pretty Little Thing - Manchester has what companies who are looking to relocate or expand in the city region need. MIDAS, Manchester’s economic development agency, understands the eCommerce and digital sector and our team can also provide free, bespoke and confidential support along the way.  

The rise of eCommerce in Manchester is supported by the city's diverse ecosystem and strengths in complementary industries such as FinTech, AI and data, cyber security and service design. These specialisms, combined with the city's established skills in front and back-end development, data analytics and creative marketing, make Manchester the ideal environment for eCommerce firms to thrive.

Manchester’s multi-modal connectivity is ideal for logistics and distribution of goods both nationally and globally, with great rail and road links, direct flights to more than 210 destinations from Manchester Airport, and access to the Atlantic via the ship canal. - creating an appealing hub for global eCommerce.

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The report delves into the rapidly growing UK eCommerce market, with exclusive research into the deployment of new tech and the innovation that’s on the sector’s own procurement lists.




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