Creative, Digital and Technology eCommerce

Manchester is the place where industry innovation, development and deployment happens.

The city is an eCommerce powerhouse that has nurtured several of the UK's homegrown retail tech unicorns including The Hut Group and Matillion.

With almost 3,000 eCommerce and related companies, including our high-growth companies, such as Missguided, Fanatics, Rentalcars.com and Pretty Little Thing, Manchester has what companies who are looking to relocate or expand in the city region need. 

The rise of eCommerce in Manchester is supported by the city's diverse ecosystem and strengths in complementary industries such as FinTech, AI and data, cyber security and service design. 

Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of turning the UK into the most advanced eCommerce market in Europe. Major success stories like The Hut Group and AO.com are joined by the greatest concentration of eCommerce start-ups in the UK.
— Lou Cordwell, Chair of Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP)

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

Manchester’s multi-modal connectivity is ideal 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. - creating an appealing hub for global eCommerce.

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