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Living and Working in Manchester

March 31, 2021
by
Joanna Clare

Manchester, affectionately known as the ‘King of the North’, is a city which has the country’s fifth largest population of just over half a million and is situated in the North West, some 190 miles from London.

The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution certainly shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, once recognised for its expansive cotton mill trade, Manchester is now one of the fastest growing cities within Europe.

There has been a huge employment growth of recent with many large scale companies choosing Manchester as home. Just a handful of these companies include Royal London Insurance, Amazon, the BBC, Google, Siemens, the Hut Group, Financial Wellness Group, Betfred, Britannia Hotels, Pretty Little Thing, AstraZeneca, Kier group, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, SkyUK, AO.com and booking.com.

Around half of the highly skilled and talented 36,000 graduates from Manchester’s five universities are choosing to stay in the area further boosting the economy. Little more than a year ago, there was just over 30% increase in employment and this has more recently increased further by almost 8%. In the first half of last year, employment of 16-64 year olds was an impressive 75.8%.

In 2019, the Economist voted Manchester as the ‘Most Liveable City in the UK’. With excellent schooling and the cost of living being substantially cheaper than the more expensive south of England, you can afford to be choosy when it comes to selecting property, whether you are buying or renting. Properties are as diverse as the friendly, down to earth residents themselves. Whether you are looking for  a luxury apartment in the midst of the highly impressive nightlife or a tranquil family home surrounded by woodland and parks, you really can take your pick.

If you enjoy shopping then you certainly won’t be disappointed as shoppers flock to Manchester from all over the world to visit the vast shopping centres and once you start browsing, it’s easy to see why. You can then choose to unwind in one of the countless bars, cafes or restaurants which cater for all tastes imaginable.

If you fancy a change of scenery, Manchester Airport offers flights to around 200 destinations but if you prefer to stay closer to home then look no further than your own doorstep. Within a short drive you can enjoy the beauty of the Pennines with its breath-taking views and rolling hills, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. The Peak District, a highly popular National Park which spans an unbelievable 555 square miles, West Yorkshire, the Lake District and the traditional Sandy beach of Blackpool are all easily accessible.

If you are yet to be convinced then there’s a few little things that I haven’t yet mentioned that are certain to change your mind. It’s 12pm now and that means it’s ‘dinner time’. I’ve definitely been saving the best ‘til last... a generous serving of Lancashire hotpot (meat or meat alternative, onions and potatoes) followed by a hefty Manchester tart (a pastry made with jam, custard, coconut and a cherry on the top), washed down with a strong brew.

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