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Innovate 2016: how has Greater Manchester changed the world?

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The team at the Business Growth Hub are thrilled to welcome Innovate 2016 to Manchester Central for the first time this November 2016.

Manchester Central
Manchester Central

The North West is home to an innovative business community with new discoveries every day in a wide range of sectors including digital technology, life science and advanced manufacturing.

Our long-standing partnership with Innovate UK allows our clients to harness the resources and opportunities available from a national innovation organisation; Innovate 2016 and Venturefest Manchester are just a few examples of this.

Manchester’s innovation strengths

From splitting the atom to the first computer and, more recently, isolating graphene, Manchester has a proud history of discoveries and inventions that have helped to shape the world.

Our pioneering city region has blazed a trail in science, technology and engineering, both nationally and internationally, for over 200 years. To the above list, you can add Britain's first 'true' canal, the first steam-powered mill and the world's first passenger railway.

It was in Manchester that John Dalton developed his atomic theory in the 1800s, and a few years later his student and protégé James Joule went on to develop the first law of thermodynamics.

And, of course, medically Manchester has excelled too, from developing the contraceptive pill to the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978.

It’s a Manchester tradition of innovation and discovery which shows no signs of drying up, as the city’s Eureka moments keep on coming, thanks to a succession of game changing Manchester businesses.

Business Growth Hub – driving local economy

Castlefield, inner city conservation area of Manchester
Castlefield, inner city conservation area of Manchester

The Business Growth Hub recognises the need to bring together and harness:

  • knowledge
  • innovation
  • skills
  • infrastructure

to drive the local economy.

By fostering the growth of current and new scientific and innovation-based sectors, the city will remain competitive on the global stage.

Our goal must be to raise productivity by supporting a high-performing innovation ecosystem – in this way we will be able to realise the full potential of our local science and innovation strengths.

Not only will this boost the Greater Manchester economy but it will also bring benefits for wider society and help to overcome challenges around:

  • healthy living and ageing
  • climate change and the environment
  • transport and energy supply

Manchester allows talent and ideas to thrive

Greater Manchester has some significant strengths that we are building on, in particular world-class:

  • life science and advanced engineering materials centres
  • digital
  • education
  • business and professional services.

These strengths are reflected in a number of leading-edge assets, which provide the infrastructure to allow talent to thrive and ideas to be realised.

For example, one of these is Media City in Salford, a creative jewel in the crown, which is now set to double in size over the next decade, after the approval of plans for a further £1 billion of investment in the site.

It is, of course, already home to the BBC in the North, as well as around 250 other innovative creative and digital businesses, such as ITV, Ericsson, University of Salford, SIS and The Landing, the UK’s only digital workflow centre.

A leading light in digital innovation

Home to a thriving community of small businesses, operating in areas such as broadcasting, education and gaming, Greater Manchester is a leading light in digital innovation.

It illustrates how the sector is flourishing. Similarly developments in health, advanced materials, energy and industrial biotech are also emerging. And in the words of Alan Turing:

We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

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