Greater Manchester Spatial framework

Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment (the spatial framework) has been put together by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which comprises the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the leaders of Greater Manchester's ten local councils.

This plan is about providing the right homes, in the right places, for people across our city region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester.

The plan talks about jobs and homes, but it’s about so much more than bricks and mortar. It's about reducing inequalities, improving the lives of our residents, and transforming Greater Manchester into the world-leading city-region we know it can be.

Local Industrial Strategy

Greater Manchester and the UK Government agreed one of the country’s first modern local industrial strategies in June 2019. The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy outlines a set of long-term policy priorities to help guide industrial development and provides a joint plan for good jobs and growth in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Prosperity Review

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review was established to undertake a detailed and rigorous assessment of the current state, and future potential, of Greater Manchester’s economy. Ten years on from the path-breaking Manchester Independent Economic Review (MIER), it provides a fresh understanding of what needs to be done to improve productivity and drive prosperity across the city-region.

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 and Support

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. Visit the Business Growth Hub to find out about the support available to businesses

Business Advisory Panel

The panel’s members will advise the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Business & Economy, Sir Richard Leese, on actions they feel the city-region should be taking on issues affecting business.  The panel has representation from each of Greater Manchester 10 boroughs and membership is evenly split between women and men. 

Greater Manchester Forecasting Model

Consistent, sophisticated and robust information on the current and likely performance of Greater Manchester, in terms of the economy, is a vital tool in the development of strategies and plans to accelerate economic performance.

The Greater Manchester Forecasting Model (GMFM) consists of forecasts for all ten districts in the conurbation, as well as data for Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, the North West.

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