England’s second city is a foundry of revolution and culture. From its industrial past to its flourishing state as a modern bustling metropolis, Manchester has innovation and creativity in its very DNA.
Home to a myriad of cultural superstars, from global music phenomenons Take That and Oasis, to footballing powerhouses Manchester United and Manchester City. The latter two being the biggest Premier League clubs in England, winning 15 Premier League titles and 17 FA Cups between them.
In fact the city is a true sporting hub, having hosted the Commonwealth Games, the UEFA Champions League Final, the Ashes cricket series, the Rugby World Cup and the Rugby League World Cup in the last 15 years.
But if sport isn’t your thing, there’s more than enough going on in Manchester to keep you busy. Explore local and global history at the likes of the Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North; take in the remarkable artwork found at the Whitworth Art Gallery, The Lowry and the Manchester Art Gallery; or have a night out on the town at one of Manchester numerous, pubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theatres or music venues.
Being surrounded by such varied sources of inspiration, the creative and digital industries have thrived in Manchester. The city abounds with start-ups mixed in with the big players like the BBC and ITV, who have made homes for themselves at the MediaCityUK in Salford, a newly rejuvenated part of the city. On top of this, the likes of Adidas, Gazprom and Google have UK headquarters or regional offices based in the city.
Between these exciting business communities and the thriving tourism industry Manchester’s economy is booming. It is the second most-visited city in England (London being the first) boasting the third largest economy in the UK, the city generates an impressive gross value added (GVA) of £56 billion. This is turn attracts high levels on investment. Which is why Manchester is one of the key cities within the Northern Powerhouse project.
Part of this incredible city’s appeal is its location. Those who want to delve into the Great Outdoors, there’s the Pennines and Peak district nearby to explore. And for anyone who is city-bound, getting there is easy. With links to major motorways including M56, M60, M61, M62, M66 and M67, access via car from Manchester to all areas of the country is easy. Whilst the creation of the HS2 high speed train line, which will call at Manchester Piccadilly (one of the city’s two major rail stations), will reduce train journey times between London and Manchester to just over one hour! This will improve what is already a solid public transport system, with train routes connecting areas across the North of England with the likes of Glasgow, Southampton and Birmingham. The city is also serviced by its popular tramline and the iconic canal.
Manchester is also home to the UK’s third largest airport, Manchester International Airport. One of only 17 airports in the world to operate Airbus A380 flights (London Heathrow being the only other airport in the UK to do so), this major travel hub flies passengers all across the globe.
Taking everything into account, it’s no wonder Manchester has become such a draw to tourists, residents and knowledgeable property investors.
If you want to learn more about investing in Manchester then why not read Why Invest in Manchester.