Why Manchester?

Easy accessibility – from across the powerful north west & adjacent regions.

In the heart of the Northern Powerhouse business community – the Central Manchester location provides multi-modal connectivity from Liverpool/Merseyside – Blackpool/Burnley – Preston – Warrington – Sheffield – Leeds – Bradford – Stoke – Blackburn- Cheshire- Lancashire- Staffordshire- Yorkshire- Cumbria- North Wales …..

Smarter Business Tech LIVE is set to deliver the largest  business technology & solutions event for the 2nd largest region nationally (North West), representing 7m+ people and the fastest growing business community in the UK.

There are 3.2m people working in the North West in 285,500 businesses.

source: neweconomy, Greater Manchester key facts, Jan 2016

The North West economy generates £150bn of gross value added (GVA) on an annual basis (a common measure of economic output), accounting for 9.4% of GVA output in the UK.

source: neweconomy, Greater Manchester key facts, Jan 2016

In the heart of the Greater Manchester business area

There are 1.4 million people working in Greater Manchester in around 105,000 businesses.

source: neweconomy, Greater Manchester key facts, Jan 2016

On the doorstep accessibility from across the hugely important Greater Manchester regions – collectively recognised as the UK’s fastest growing economy outside of London.

The ten local authorities of Greater Manchester – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan – represent the largest functional economic area outside London, with a population of 2.7 million and gross value added (GVA) of £56 billion.

Source: MIDAS, Manchester


Hotbed of Entrepreneurship

Manchester has the fastest economic and demographic growth of cities outside the capital and is ranked as a start-up hotbed, the #1 city to start a business in the UK outside of London.

Source: Start-ups Cities Index, 2014; ebay Report, 2015

Manchester polled in first position as a hive of start-up activity on the back of its impressive business support, access to finance, talent pools, and office stock.

Source: Start-up Cities Index 2014