Manchester: the city to scale

The City to Scale

  1. Recognised as a ‘Top 10 Global Emerging Centre for Start-ups’ by Genome 2020 and boasting five unicorns that have scaled here including Boohoo, AO and THG (now valued at £6 billion), Manchester has a mature scale-up ecosystem that helps firms drive productivity and profitability.

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  2. The way the ecosystem has developed over the last few years, it’s drawn a credible workforce both in terms of experience and skills. Having spent several years running a business in Manchester, I think it’s a great community and the proof is in the fact that in those years we have grown significantly.

    Kevin Mountford – Raisin

  3. Six Reasons to Thrive in Manchester

    No matter what industry or field your company operates in or whether your company employs 20 or 200 people, Manchester has the key ingredients to help your business grow:


    Access to talent

    Manchester provides access to a wealth of skilled talent, the vital component of scaling any business. With the largest commuter workforce in Europe and 100,000 students at the city’s five universities – SMEs of any size, scale or sector can recruit the right skills.


    Established ecosystme

    Manchester is home to a thriving community of rapid growth businesses, creating an ecosystem that is agile and sustainable enough to help small-medium sized business leaders address both present and future challenges of their fast-growing firms.



    Manchester has the infrastructure, investors and investment mechanisms to support the growth of businesses. In November 2020, it became the second most attractive UK city for tech investment – with VC investment reaching $687.6m up from $199.1m in 2018.


    Commercial opportunities

    Officially the UK’s Top Digital Tech City and a national leader across multiple industries, the breadth and strength of Manchester’s ecosystem provides endless commercial opportunities directly within and across different sectors and industries.


    Cost effective

    With up to 40% lower operating costs than the capital, Manchester offers all the benefits of a thriving ecosystem at a significantly lower cost – both for businesses that establish in the city and employees that live here.



    At the heart of the UK and with Manchester Airport serving more than 210 destinations worldwide, Manchester has the best international connectivity outside of London - enabling the city to compete on a global level.

    Manchester innovates across a variety sectors and in 2020, a world-first AI study found that Manchester outperforms all other major UK cities in the fields of AI and data, advanced materials, cyber security, construction tech, eCommerce, IoT, MedTech and service design. In addition, Manchester is also home to the UK's largest regional FinTech ecosystem.

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  4. What I find most exciting is the opportunity to work at the leading edge of science on new technologies that can potentially change the world.

    Andy Goodwin – First Graphene

  5. SME Support and Great Incentives

    The team at MIDAS provides a range of support services tailored to help SMEs establish, strengthen and innovate their business in Greater Manchester.

    To arrange an informal meeting with a member of the team, complete the short form below or at the top of this page to find out more about the offers and discounts available for SMEs as part of our HELLO Manchester soft ‘landing’ package.

    HELLO Manchester – Your ‘Soft Landing’ Package

    This package helps SMEs to establish themselves and build up a customer base before making a significant capital investment in the city region. It provides free and heavily discounted offers including:

    • Fully serviced office space
    • Professional and legal services
    • Membership with business development organisations

    To find out how your business could benefit from these great offers complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

  6. Sector campaigns

    The strengths of the city are captured in these campaigns.

  7. Manchester is the 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 - with the key ingredients to commercialise fresh and novel ideas.
  8. Digital in our DNA
    Manchester; the city to scale for Digital and Tech business
  9. Through support offered by the GC Business Growth Hub, MIDAS can also provide you with access to a 100-strong team of advisers who provide scale-ups and SMEs with free, end-to-end account management support to unlock your business potential.

    • Facilitated more than £220m in finance
    • Worked intensively with 11,000 businesses
    • Supported 5,000 start-ups
    • Scale-up Institute-approved Global Scale Up programme
    • First growth hub in the UK
    • Largest growth hub in the UK

    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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