Number 1 UK regional city for creative talent

Number 1 UK regional city for creative talent

CBRE, 2018

Creative and Media

  1. Manchester is recognised as one of Europe’s largest creative, digital and technology clusters and is home to a fast-growing £5 billion digital ecosystem.

    Home to Europe’s largest purpose-built digital hub, MediaCityUK, and with a heritage of broadcast and media production, marketing and advertising as well as specialist skills in service design, animation, gaming, augmented and virtual realities; Manchester is a place where creativity and technology are jointly driving the next wave of innovation in the creative and media industries.

    Manchester’s thriving creative, digital and technology community of more than 10,000 businesses including the BBC, Brown Bag Films, Mediacom and Dentsu Aegis. The ecosystem comprises companies at all stages, from start-ups and SMEs to global brands and homegrown unicorns that IPO above $1 billion; all of which converge and collaborate in the city’s creative, digital and media hubs.

    Global innovation foundation Nesta says the fast growth of the city’s creative sector is second only to the capital.

    MIDAS, Manchester’s economic development agency, provides free, bespoke and confidential support to creative and media companies looking to set up in, relocate to or expand in the city region.

    To find out more about how MIDAS can help de-risk your business investment in Manchester, get in touch with the team today.

    A Region Rich in Talent

    Manchester is a city region rich in specialist talent and skills that creative and media businesses thrive off.

    Being located in Manchester, businesses in the creative industries can access one of the largest commuter workforces in Europe, with 2.8 million people in the city region and 7.2 million people within a one-hour travel time – enabling firms to also tap into talent in strong neighbouring cities including Liverpool and Leeds.

    The existing 86,000-strong industry workforce is supplemented by a sustainable flow of graduates from the city region’s five universities – where almost 25,000 students are enrolled in creative, digital and technology courses – as well as industry-led apprenticeships and training programmes; providing businesses with access to a wealth of specialist skills.

    Social City Region

    Manchester gets together more than any other UK city outside of the capital. It’s where convergence and collaboration are driving creative and media innovation to create a wealth of new opportunities.

    The city’s strengths lie in how the creative, digital and technology sectors collaborate not only with each other but across industry sectors, working alongside established financial services, life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing businesses to create the next wave of innovation.

    Innovation in these areas is complemented by the city’s five leading universities, which have a proven track record for collaborating with industry on groundbreaking research and development.


    Manchester has been producing some of the finest animated content for over 40 years; from Cosgrove Hall’s Danger Mouse to The Furchester Hotel, a CBeebies and Sesame Street co-production.  Some of the world’s most highly acclaimed talent have grown within Manchester working for companies such as Mackinnon & Saunders, TT Games and Cloud Imperium. Their work is truly international and they produce content for the likes of Disney, Nickleodeon, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Lego, the BBC and Sony.

    Children's Content

    The region is HQ for the UK’s largest children’s commissioners, the BBC (CBeebies and CBBC) located at MediaCityUK. The city is also home to world-class companies working across post-production, visual effects, motion capture, augmented reality, gaming, app development and digital design. Access to commissioners, a comprehensive supply chain and talented staff, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, make Manchester the ideal location for companies looking to create multimedia, multi-platform content for children.

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    Manchester’s thriving ecosystem, passion for collaboration and its deep talent pool make it the perfect place for creative and media companies looking to drive the future of the industry.

    To find out more about how MIDAS can help your business investment in Manchester, get in touch with the MIDAS team today. You can also keep up-to-date with us via Twitter and LinkedIn.

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