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:

Material Gains

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…

    Advanced Manufacturing

Case Study - Kadant

About the company Kadant is a global supplier of high value, engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Bury manufacturing site provides sales and applications expertise along with…


Case Study - Vanguard

About the Company Global investment management firm, Vanguard, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Vanguard Group Inc., a leading provider of high-value investment services, whose mission is to help…

MIDAS was previously funded by ERDF. To find out more about our previous ERDF funded offer click here.