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Manchester soars 11 places in list of the world’s most innovative cities

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Creative, Digital and Technology

Manchester has jumped 11 places in the 2018 Innovation Cities Index, ranking above destinations such as Shanghai, Beijing, Copenhagen and Madrid.

Manchester, which is home to the largest creative, digital and technology cluster outside of London, is the only British city outside of the capital to feature in the top 50, securing 34th position.

Data firm 2thinknow compiled the index after assessing cities against 31 segments of their industries and economy as well as 162 indicators for innovation, before scoring them against three key factors: cultural assets; human infrastructure; and networked markets.

The news follows the recent announcement that Amazon will establish operations in Manchester, creating 600 highly-skilled “Silicon Valley” jobs in early 2019 and that TalkTalk is relocating its headquarters to Greater Manchester; as well as the announcement made earlier this year that GCHQ will establish a major base in the city.

Tim Newns, CEO of MIDAS – Manchester’s inward investment agency, said: “This ranking further cements Greater Manchester’s status as a world-leading hub for technology, research and innovation. We are fast becoming the business location of choice for innovative global brands as well as start-ups, thanks to the wealth of knowledge, expertise and opportunities to collaborate available within the city.

“Greater Manchester is already home to companies including Access Pay, Boohoo, AO.com and Jaguar Land Rover; but it will soon be joined by Amazon and GCHQ – world leading organisations that have recently announced major investments in the city region, creating hundreds of jobs.”

Tokyo took the top spot in the rankings, with London coming in second, followed by Silicon Valley in third. Only five other cities jumped more than 10 places as well as Manchester, all of which were in the USA – Orlando, Oakland, Denver, San Diego, and Austin.



MIDAS is Manchester’s inward investment agency and its role is to attract new investment and employment to Greater Manchester.

MIDAS, which is part of The Growth Company, undertakes targeted lead generation campaigns that promote the region’s key sectors to national and international markets, using a strong research base to determine both the companies targeted and the development of the propositions by which they market the city region. They work closely with potential investors and deliver a free package of sector-specific, tailor-made and confidential advice.

Working in partnership with the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester, MIDAS provides services such as relocation support, assistance in finding property solutions and advice on recruitment and training as well as assistance with securing grants.

For more information on MIDAS please visit: www.investinmanchester.com
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