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Digital City Region

Portfolio: Digital City Region

Greater Manchester has sparked a new digital revolution which will connect people, businesses and communities. We will firmly establish our region as the UK’s number one digital city.

Digital Talent 

Our exciting new programme to develop the next generation of digital talent. Greater Manchester Combined Authority is looking for expert organisations to deliver a GM Digital Talent Pipeline Programme to get young people excited about digital skills from a young age, and build sustainable connections between education and the digital industry.

This exciting new programme is a key pillar of the wider GM Digital Strategy which aims to develop digital citizens, digital workers and the advanced digital skills needed across the whole economy.

We're currently looking for people to register their interest in delivering this programme of work.

Digital Summit

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham held two landmark summits to stake out the city region’s claim to be the UK’s tech leader.

Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I want Greater Manchester to be a digital city with a difference – one with a bold digital economy which actively encourages businesses to invest and grow, and also one where technology is used to deliver positive change, from connecting young people with opportunities, to tackling social problems such as homelessness. This bold vision places the needs of people firmly at the heart of technological innovation.

“We’re already ahead of the game on this. Right here in Greater Manchester we are on the digital frontier with some of the most cutting-edge tech firms in the world.  This gives us a remarkable opportunity to take that expertise and innovation, and work with local people to create a smart digital future which has a unique Greater Manchester stamp.

“We want to fuse technological advancement with culture, ethics, communities and places to build a world which is connected, creative and cooperative, and a modern and prosperous Greater Manchester where no-one is left behind.

“I don’t want Greater Manchester to be just a smart city – I want it to be the smartest city.”

Our digital and creative economy – key facts

  • GM’s digital economy is the largest outside London, generating £4.1bn per annum in GVA and employing 82,000 people.
  • There are 8,000 digital and creative businesses in Greater Manchester
  • There are 15,000 creative, digital and IT students at the region’s four universities
  • More than 54,000 people are employed in the sector
  • At the same time our operational costs are 40% lower than London.
  • Significant recent public investments include:
    • £24m to support delivery of the Government’s Full Fibre Network Challenge (which will see GM reaching 25% full fibre coverage) and Regeneris estimate will add £6.5bn to the GM economy over 15 years, or 10% of the GM economy.
    • Working with Siemens and partners across the North West to develop the £20m Made Smarter pilot which aims to increase the uptake of digital tech in manufacturing and put the region at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution
    • An ambitious Digital Skills Programme kick-started with a £2m investment by the GMCA and working closely with industry to grow and attract the right digital and tech talent.
  • Ambitious future plans in relation to GM as a 5G city-region.
  • Significant opportunities in terms of using digital to improve health outcomes by accelerating and supporting innovation into Greater Manchester’s £6.7bn devolved Health and Social Care system.

Download the digital strategy

Lead Member

Andrew Western

Cllr Andrew Western


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