Manchester, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the Computer, has embraced the challenges of the 21st century with vision and enthusiasm. In the last decade, Manchester has accrued yet more outstanding global accolades.
In 2010, it was named Europe’s top city for business competiveness and ranked fourth in the world. It was ranked joint second as the most sought-after city in Europe for inward investment. In 2012, Manchester was highlighted as having the ninth-lowest tax cost for businesses of all industrialised cities. Its vibrant economy, wealth of opportunity and talent, have made it a magnet for thousands of local and international businesses including numerous FTSE100 companies. The vast Manchester Enterprise Zone to be based in and around a prestigious international airport testifies to a confident and progressive city.
Manchester is home to top ranking universities, to an internationally acclaimed and diverse music scene and to numerous theatres, galleries, and museums. Its superb sporting facilities were recognised when the city hosted the Commonwealth Games. It was ranked fifth ‘Best Sports City’ in the world (2012). Two world-class football teams ensure its legendary football prowess continues. A sophisticated transport infrastructure provides national and international links for both business and leisure. This world-class city provides an inviting environment for work, rest and play.
Above statistics have been taken from ‘Manchester, a great city to do business' www.manchester.gov.uk