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Living and Working in Manchester

The distinctive city of Manchester is affectionately known as the King Of The North. It has a large and growing population, being situated in the north west of England, approximately two hundred miles from London. Greater Manchester consists of ten individual metropolitan boroughs. Most but not all of Manchester is in the historic county of Lancashire.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
January 26, 2024

The distinctive city of Manchester is affectionately known as the King Of The North. It has a large and growing population, being situated in the north west of England, approximately two hundred miles from London. Greater Manchester consists of ten individual metropolitan boroughs. Most but not all of Manchester is in the historic county of Lancashire.

Manchester has its own international airport which is located just south of the city centre. A direct train journey from Manchester Piccadilly station into London can take a little over two hours and the city is extremely well connected by road to the rest of the UK.

Manchester is widely accepted to have been the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It was an industrial powerhouse which transformed the city and influenced the rest of the world with new ways of working and living. Once recognised for its hugely extensive textile and cotton mill trade, this exciting and vibrant city is now a leading business destination within Europe and is highly successful in attracting investments throughout numerous industry sectors.

Manchester is a key location with many international and highly successful companies have chosen Manchester as their headquarters with the number of businesses here having rapidly expanded over recent years. The region is overflowing with opportunities and currently the most productive sectors are highlighted as financial and professional services and tech and life sciences.  Other flourishing sectors include advanced manufacturing, creative and media, digital and technology and life sciences and healthcare, while current and future knowledge intensive industries such as AI, cyber, Fintech and geonomics are continuously being promoted and expanded.

Manchester is the ideal environment for both individuals and businesses to flourish. It is a dynamic, forward thinking, innovative and prosperous city which is teeming with expertise and talent. It is the most globally influential city in the UK after London. The city is a powerful leading force and there is a well known saying that describes Manchester perfectly - What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow!

Manchester has been voted on more than one occasion as being one of the most liveable cities in the world, one of the best cities in the world, one of the best cities for business, one of the top five best cities to live and work in … the list goes on! Being in the city of Manchester is a truly unforgettable experience!

With a focus on excellent education and world class universities both in Manchester and the surrounding areas, one can understand why this city attracts so many highly skilled and talented individuals. There are no less than five popular and well regarded universities to choose from in Manchester which are research centres of excellence and clusters of knowledge and expertise. Additionally, it has been recognised that over 90% of Manchester's schools are rated as either good or outstanding and almost half of residents are educated to at least degree level.

Fans of the most popular sport in the world will not be disappointed as this is home to both Manchester United and Manchester City football teams but if, on the other hand, you enjoy a spot of retail therapy then you will be far from disappointed as shoppers flock from all over the world to visit Manchester's famous shopping centres. You can then choose to unwind after a busy day in one of the countless assortment of bars, restaurants and cafes which cater for every taste and budget imaginable. It is little wonder why Manchester was, up until recently, voted the UK’s best city for retail and leisure, three years in a row.

Within a short distance of the city, you can enjoy the splendour of the Pennines with its breathtaking views and rolling hills which are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. The Peak District with its expansive National Park, the wild charm of West Yorkshire and the traditional seaside town of Blackpool are also all easily accessible.

Living and working in Manchester is an experience that blends excellent professional prospects, cultural diversity and a high quality of life. The city’s dynamic atmosphere along with its interesting history makes it a perfect destination for everyone.

The next event being hosted by The UK Careers Fair will be held on February 2nd 2024 between 10am - 2pm. The venue is the stunning Britannia Hotel in Portland Street, M1 3LA. The Britannia Hotel is a beautiful Grade 2 listed building, situated in the heart of Manchester with car parking available nearby.

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