Powering Innovation

Laying claim to 25 Nobel Laureates and infamous for spearheading the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a deep-rooted history of discovery and invention. Today the city region’s unrelenting curiosity combined with its world class research institutes and renowned collaborative ecosystem continues to power its status as a leading UK city for innovation.

Manchester is the UK’s top digital tech city, a leading destination for Foreign Direct Investment and has recently been voted as the UK’s most entrepreneurial city offering pioneering companies - both large and small - the key ingredients to commercialise fresh and novel ideas.

We have been in Manchester for eight months or so and are already really close to launching a new product for the market. We are really impressed with the academic connections and expertise in the region, especially start-ups who really want to develop business. When you live innovation there is no better place to be than Manchester!
— Danilo da Silva Mariano, Business Manager, Innovation Outpost at Gerdau Graphene

Manchester, powering innovation

Manchester: The City to Scale

For SME’s, innovation provides a real opportunity to scale your business and recognised as a ‘Top 10 Global Emerging Centre for Start-ups’ – this is something else we do really well here in Manchester.  Find out more here about our ‘Manchester: The City to Scale’ offering and how your business could really thrive here.

As the birthplace of the first stored-program computer, Atomic Theory, In Vitro Fertilisation and Graphene, the opportunity to innovate here spans multiple sectors. Find out more about the innovation opportunities within your industry in Manchester below:

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Key Sectors

Manchester's breadth and depth of expertise enables cross-industry opportunities for collaboration and a world-class offer for the international investor.

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Net zero

Manchester offers access to world-leading research facilities, state-of-the-art…

10 Reasons to Invest in Manchester

Our Location Located at the heart of the UK, Manchester is one of the best connected and most accessible cities in the UK and Europe. Not only does it have a central position within the UK, Manchester…

This activity is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 as part of the GC Business Growth Hub Sectors Programme.


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