Continuing our series on Great Places to Work, we are turning the spotlight on the Northern Powerhouse that is Manchester.
Manchester has a strong economic history being the home of the Industrial Revolution and this has continued today with the city and surrounding areas hosting the national and regional head offices of number of global brands including The Co-Operative Group, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Adidas, Britannia Hotels, Boohoo.com, Kellogg’s, Regatta, Astra Zeneca and Bank of New York Mellon.
In a recent survey by business psychologists OPP, Manchester was named one of the best cities to work in. Over 150,000 people commute into Manchester every day to work in thriving, growing sectors such as Business, Financial and Professional, Retail, Cultural and Creative and Science and Technology.
With the Worker Bee as the city emblem and a thriving economy, not to mention a wealth of music and arts venues, award winning museums and galleries, (oh and a couple of decent football clubs!), it’s no wonder Manchester is often described by Mancs and visitors alike as “buzzin!”
According to the annual Global Liveability Ranking, Manchester has been named the best place to live in the UK for the past two years, coming in at a very respectable 43 in the worldwide rankings.
But what is it about Manchester that stands out? In the city centre, a mix of old and new means that you can find homes to suit any tastes including brand new state of the art apartment complexes and sprawling flats situated in redeveloped Industrial era mills. Thousands of people live and work in Manchester City Centre enjoying the convenience of a short walk to and from work.
On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find suburban areas with their own unique style, such as West Didsbury. One of Manchester’s most picturesque suburbs, West Didsbury is a thriving community with many independent shops, bars and restaurants. Or you may prefer Levenshulme with its bustling, close-knit multi-cultural community feel and popularity with families. And don’t forget the surrounding towns and cities such as Salford, Stockport, Altrincham, and Oldham – with their own employment opportunities and all within 20 minutes’ commute into the city centre.
With excellent transport links, workers are able to live in areas that suit their style and needs providing a much needed boost to that all important work/life balance. And talking about transport links…
Getting around the city and surrounding areas is so easy thanks to the fleet of buses, trams and trains available.
Manchester lays claim to the busiest bus route Europe with the Wilmslow Road corridor providing a link to all of Manchester’s Universities, and the suburbs in the South of the City. Many regular commercial bus services run right across Greater Manchester day and night helping people get out and about.
The Metrolink network is one of the most successful light railway systems in the UK. It has an incredibly frequent service (every 5 mins at peak times) so commuters can just head to their nearest stop knowing the next tram won’t be far away.
In addition to the bus and tram network, the rail network connects Manchester City Centre to the neighbouring towns and districts of Greater Manchester including Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Wigan.
There is no denying that the city has a pretty impressive live music heritage, and it’s still home to many independent music venues such as the legendary Band on the Wall showcasing emerging and established talent from across the world. Also with many large venues such as United and City’s football stadiums, Old Trafford Cricket club and the Manchester Arena, the city is a stop off for major touring bands.
Manchester’s bars range from cosy and unique through to swish and stylish. The city has distinct areas such as the Norther Quarter, Manchester's hipster haven with its unique, stylish independent bars and restaurants or Deansgate Locks - a row of swanky chain bars housed in converted railway arches. Manchester’s famous Gay Village offers a camp, friendly welcome to all and in the Summer, the village has a real carnival atmosphere with people socialising by the canal-side outdoor seating areas.
For those looking to splash their cash in the shops, Manchester has the Arndale Centre with all the big brands, independent clothing stores in the Northern Quarter and upmarket designer brands on King Street. And that’s before you’ve driven or taken a bus or tram to the sprawling shopping and entertainment complex that is the Trafford Centre!
But Manchester isn’t just about partying and shopping, those looking for a more cultural experience will find plenty to please from the beautiful gothic architecture at John Ryland Library and Manchester Cathedral; to the fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth and not forgetting the opportunity to discover history and science at Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.
So what are you waiting for? Why not explore the latest career opportunities Manchester has to offer.