A city ready for the future
The city has a population of 550,000 with 2.7 million people in the wider area, making it the second largest economy in the UK. The combined authority, a joint governance of 10 city councils, share a strategy for economic growth and work together to achieve this. This collaborative approach has enabled the region to be the first in the UK to have decentralised control over its health, social care, transport, skills and housing budgets.
Historically, Manchester was a flourishing city which played a leading role in world textile manufacture and production in the late 18th century, a position it maintained until the 1960s. Manchester has now transformed: physically, economically, and environmentally.
To become more productive, the city needs to continue to attract high-value industries, provide support for business and get more people working. Manchester is a city that supports innovation and there are a number of organisations, initiatives and funding opportunities designed to help the cities creative and digital businesses grow.
The Smart city agenda in Manchester has developed in recent years. Currently the city has a number of activities underway. Manchester is also home to the UK’s IoT Smart Cities demonstrator, CityVerve. CityVerve enables IoT testing at scale, providing a replicable model for other cities in the UK and beyond.