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Portfolio: Economy

Sir Richard Leese, has been appointed Deputy Mayor and will lead on business and economy issues, including:

Finance and Investment

The Greater Manchester Investment Fund is a series of investment funds aimed at encouraging business growth and investment in property and infrastructure. Our ambition is for Greater Manchester to become a financially self-sustaining city, sitting at the heart of a Northern Powerhouse with the size, the assets, the skilled population and political and economic influence to rival any global city. We are hugely optimistic about our future as a place to invest.

Good Employer Charter

We are currently developing a Greater Manchester Good Employer Charter to support employers to reach best practice, helping them to grow and provide the good jobs we need. You can shape the charter and the way it will work. 

Supporting Greater Manchester businesses 

There are around 105,000 companies in our area. But we want more! So we're making it easier to set up new enterprises, and are helping existing businesses develop and grow. We are working alongside the Manchester Growth Company (MGC) to bring trade, investment and growth to Greater Manchester and we're helping people get the skills and training they need to get started.

Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, was set up in 2011 and has since helped thousands of businesses across Greater Manchester. They support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services including expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes and access to finance advice.

Lead member

Sir Richard Leese 

Sir Richard Leese


Business Growth Hub


Phone: 0161 359 3050


Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership


Information on Economy