Greater Manchester's Local Industrial Strategy

Good Jobs and Growth - Greater Manchester's Local Industrial Strategy

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the UK Government have agreed to work together to develop one of the country's first modern local industrial strategies. The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy will outline a set of long-term policy priorities to help guide industrial development and provide a joint plan for good jobs and growth in Greater Manchester. GMCA and the Government wish to co-design the Strategy with business, the community, the voluntary and social enterprise (CVSE) sector and citizens. For the Strategy to be a success it must be a collaborative plan that builds on the productive approach taken to create Our People, Our Place - the Greater Manchester Strategy.

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The Foundations

In Autumn 2017, the UK Government published an Industrial Strategy White Paper which identifies five foundations of productivity - Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places - which are the essential attributes of successful economies and societies and form the basis around which the Industrial Strategy is structured. The Strategy also identifies four grand challenges - AI & Data Economy, Clean Growth, Future of Mobility, and Ageing Society- which will shape the UK's economic future and must be embraced to ensure all the opportunities that they present are harnessed.

A central feature of the national industrial strategy is the importance of place and the need for local industrial strategies to bring together the five foundations of productivity and the four grand challenges if the UK is to raise productivity, earnings and wellbeing, locally and nationally.

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review

GMCA's commitment to basing strategic choices on the highest quality evidence available has been re-affirmed by the establishment of the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review led by a panel of independent leading economic experts. 

The panel will scrutinise Greater Manchester's existing evidence base and oversee the commissioning of new research that can fill key gaps in understanding. This approach will ensure that the Local Industrial Strategy is underpinned by a strong understanding of the foundations of productivity, and the drivers of increased prosperity, across Greater Manchester. 

On the Prosperity Review panel is:

  • Professor Diane Coyle: Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge, and Chair of the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review
  • Stephanie Flanders: Head of Bloomberg Economics
  • Professor Ed Glaeser: Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato: Professor in the Economics of Innovation, University College London
  • Professor Henry Overman: Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics, and Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
  • Darra Singh: Government and Public Sector Lead at Ernst and Young (EY)

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.