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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.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has held a landmark summit 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.”

Greater Manchester’s digital and creative economy – key facts

  • There are 7,500 – 8,000 digital and creative businesses in Greater Manchester
  • More than 54,000 people are employed in the sector
  • They generate more than £3bn in economic output for the conurbation, making Greater Manchester home to the largest digital and creative cluster outside London
  • There are 15,000 creative, digital and IT students at the region’s four universities
  • Nearly 1,600 tech start-ups formed in Manchester in 2016
  • Greater Manchester is in the top 20 European digital cities
  • Our operational costs are 40% lower than London