Home to the UK’s greatest concentration of eCommerce start-ups

Home to the UK’s greatest concentration of eCommerce start-ups

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The Home of eCommerce Growth

  1. Manchester is firmly at the forefront of the UK eCommerce industry having produced numerous homegrown eCommerce unicorns (companies that IPO at or above $1 billion) including Boohoo, The Hut Group, AO.com, AutoTrader and On the Beach.

    In recent years, these indigenous firms have been joined by world-leading eCommerce companies such as Amazon, Moonpig, Booking.com and MoneySuperMarket.

    It is an exciting time for eCommerce companies in Manchester. The city’s retail tech industry has seen phenomenal growth in the number of online retailers establishing offices in the city and in recent years it has developed the greatest concentration of eCommerce start-ups than anywhere else in the UK.

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

    To find out what makes Manchester the home of eCommerce expertise and how MIDAS can help de-risk your business investment in the city, get in touch with the team today.

    Why Manchester?

    Manchester is an eCommerce powerhouse where industry innovation, development and deployment happens. There are almost 3,000 eCommerce and related companies based in Manchester – more than 1,000 more than the next regional city.

    As well as nurturing five homegrown retail tech unicorns, Manchester is home to many more high-growth eCommerce companies including Missguided, Fanatics, Rentalcars.com and Pretty Little Thing.

    Manchester’s multi-modal connectivity makes it the ideal location for logistics and distribution of goods both nationally and globally, with great rail and road links, direct flights to more than 210 destinations from Manchester Airport, and access to the Atlantic via the ship canal; making it the preferred hub for global eCommerce firms.

    Supported by Specialists

    The rise of ecommerce in Manchester is supported by the city’s diverse ecosystem and strengths in complementary industries such as FinTech (with payment specialists including Worldpay, Klarna, Adyen and Clearpay all having a base here) as well as cyber security and service design, an emerging industry the city is establishing itself as a leader in through its work in user experience, AI and PaaS.

    These specialisms, combined with the city’s established skills in front and back end development, data analytics, marketing, advertising and PR make Manchester the ideal environment for eCommerce firms to thrive.

    In addition to producing a steady stream of highly-skilled graduates to provide sustainable talent pipeline in addition to the 86,000 already employed within the  city’s creative, digital and tech sector, Manchester universities are also conducting more research into eCommerce and its supporting fields than any other UK city outside of the capital.

    Get in Touch

    Manchester is a city that supports innovation and there are numerous organisations, initiatives and funding schemes designed to help businesses grow in the city.

    The services provided by MIDAS save businesses money, time and effort. We can help businesses relocating to or expanding in Manchester establish a foothold in one of Europe’s leading ecosystems for eCommerce.

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

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