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Live, learn, work: How Manchester has positioned itself as a leading UK city

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Manchester has positioned itself as leading UK city with all the components to create the perfect work life balance.

In 2016, for the second year in a row, Manchester ranked as one of the best cities to live in in the UK, ahead of London, according to the Global Liveability Survey. As digital hub of creativity, entrepreneurialism and culture, it’s easy to see why the city oozes local pride.

With various new developments that promote integrated neighbourhoods being constructed, HS2 plans in the pipeline, and record numbers of new businesses registering in Manchester every year, the city’s economic growth shows no sign of slowing any time soon.

With connectivity and technology the focus of Manchester’s digital strategy, the city is quickly  becoming a major player in the global market. Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester council, commented: “Manchester has seen huge growth in the last decade, which can only mean that the city has been somewhere people want to live, work and visit for some years.

“Our ambition is to be in the top flight of international cities worldwide and our reputation as a cultural destination, as well as somewhere to invest in and work, has raised our profile as a global destination.”

Here we take a look at how the Northern Powerhouse city has positioned itself as a leading place to live, learn and work.


In terms of lifestyle, Manchester has a huge selection of cultural entertainment available. Art, tourism, culture and sport provide 16 per cent of employment in Greater Manchester and it also has the highest number of theatre seats per head outside of London, Manchester Evening News reports.

Across Manchester residents are provided with access to world-class arts and entertainment, from The Lowry to Manchester Museum and from Whitworth Art Gallery to the Palace Theatre.


As such a desirable city to live, learn and work in, demand for university places in Manchester is greater than ever before. Students flock to the city to have a taste of the thriving nightlife, quirky food outlets and wide selection of arts and entertainment culture.

According to the 2017 independent league table published by the Times Higher Education supplement, the University of Manchester ranks among the world’s elite for its international profile. Across the world, the university is ranked as the 20th best university in terms of international profile and is placed 10th in the UK.

In Greater Manchester there are more than 100,000 students, studying at the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Art and the University of Salford.


A survey by Manchester Digital found that in 2014-2015, 4,000 people left London to come to Manchester. In addition to this, out of the 300 digital professionals living in the region that were surveyed, one in five had relocated from the capital.

In recent years the growth of new industries and businesses in Manchester has been huge, putting it in strong competition with the south. Numerous developments of residential solutions that have a direct focus on the consumer make the north more desirable. In 2016 alone, almost 3,000 new businesses were registered in Greater Manchester.

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