Manchester: The City to Scale


Recognised as the UK’s most entrepreneurial city in the Business Cloud report 2021 and home to six unicorn companies, Manchester has established a strong reputation as an economic powerhouse and a competitive place to do business.

I'm a firm believer that environment dictates results...there's something about the Manchester scene where there's a feeling of if one of us makes it we all make it.
— Amy Whitell- CEO Collctiv

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Six Reasons to Thrive in Manchester

1. Manchester provides access to a wealth of skilled talent, the vital component of scaling any business. With the largest commuter workforce in Europe and 115,000 students at the city’s five universities – SMEs of any size, scale or sector can recruit the right skills.

2. Manchester is home to a thriving community of rapid growth businesses, creating an ecosystem that is agile and sustainable enough to help small-medium sized business leaders address both present and future challenges of their fast-growing firms.

3. Manchester has the infrastructure, investors and investment mechanisms to support the growth of businesses. In November 2020, it became the second most attractive UK city for tech investment – with VC investment reaching $687.6m up from $199.1m in 2018.

4. Officially the UK’s Top Digital Tech City and a national leader across multiple industries, the breadth and strength of Manchester’s ecosystem provides endless commercial opportunities directly within and across different sectors and industries.

5. With up to 20% lower operating costs than the capital, Manchester offers all the benefits of a thriving ecosystem at a significantly lower cost – both for businesses that establish in the city and employees that live here.

6. At the heart of the UK and with Manchester Airport serving more than 210 destinations worldwide, Manchester has the best international connectivity outside of London - enabling the city to compete on a global level.

Whatever their product is today, we're going to help them along to the next stage....if I'm interested in R&D, Greater Manchester is my location. If I'm interested in deploying my technology, again Greater Manchester is going to be very supportive of that ambition.
— Amer Gaffar- Director, Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

SME Support and Great Incentives

The team at MIDAS provides a range of support services tailored to help SMEs establish, strengthen and innovate their business in Greater Manchester.

To arrange an informal meeting with a member of the team, contact us to find out more about the offers and discounts available for SMEs as part of our HELLO Manchester soft ‘landing’ package.

HELLO Manchester – Your ‘Soft Landing’ Package

This package helps SMEs to establish themselves and build up a customer base before making a significant capital investment in the city region. It provides free and heavily discounted offers including:

• Fully serviced office space
• Professional and legal services
• Membership with business development organisations

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