Manchester is now described as the “new London” and Northerners have been saying it’s a great place to live for years!
There are many reasons why working in Manchester is an amazing opportunity. With the economical growth of the city expanding year on year, major businesses are moving to the city including TV productions and clothing brands. From the beautiful architecture that can be seen from your desk, to the renowned music scene to enjoy after a day at the office; there are countless reasons why you should work in Manchester.
The Career Opportunities
Manchester is the fastest economically growing city in the UK with a strong job market. These days its economy is centred on the financial services and creative/cultural industries. Some of the biggest online brands such as Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing and Asos have made Manchester their home.
It is full of opportunities in the sector of your choice, with opportunities to expand and constantly grow your CV. You could start your career working for a high profile business or an innovative start up; and an apprenticeship is a great way to do both. No matter where you start your journey, you will gain invaluable experience from working in Manchester. There is also a great world of networking, with a constant hub of people to bounce ideas off and take inspiration from.
Social Hub of Manchester
The Northern Quarter
Big names such as the BBC and ITV have moved to Manchester, so it is no wonder that more people are dubbing the city “the new London”. But if it’s the independent and more unique side that your looking for, then The Northern Quarter is where you want to be. Where business suits mingle effortlessly with hipsters sipping cocktails and speciality teas, this arty area of Manchester is one of the city’s top selling points. The Northern Quarter is a favourite haunt with our Northern office, so whether you’re with us as an account executive, digital manager or an apprentice, you’ll get to know it well.
An Iconic Music Scene
Manchester is home to some of the most famous bands and artists in the world Such as Oasis and The Smiths, with new talent still breaking the airwaves. There is always something going on whether that is an intimate gig, a concert or open mic! Manchester is also home to one of the biggest festivals in the country. ParkLife has seen some of the biggest UK artists take the stage, bringing the city to life. This is a great way to meet new people and socialise outside of the workplace.
Great for Food and Drink Lovers
From the glitzy bars and restaurants of Deansgate to the the quirky and intimate in The Northern Quarter, you’re never too far away from an amazing place to eat and drink. No matter where you turn, you are sure to find something that will tickle tastebuds of even the fussiest eaters. Fancy an Italian? no shortage of pizzerias. Meeting up with a friend for a few drinks? The list of bars and pubs is endless. Whether you are going out with your co-workers for an end of week drink or celebrating a big milestone, you are sure to find the right place in Manchester.
The Best Shopping
Manchester is famous for its shopping. The Trafford Centre attracts people from all over the UK and is a unique shopping experience especially at Christmas. Living and working in a city as big as Manchester definitely has its charms and shopping has to be one of the best. The Trafford Centre even overcomes one of Manchester’s less appealing traits. As one of the biggest indoor shopping centres in the country, the rain doesn’t even have to come into the equation. If you like reclaimed vintage and quirky shops The Northern Quarter would be the perfect shopping experience for you. Afflecks Palace is the perfect mix of vintage and quirky, you’re never too far from finding an absolute gem.
Amazing History and Architecture
Manchester has hundreds of years of history, so you are never too far away from beautiful architecture or an important event. Avid book lover? Visit Chetham’s Library the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, or John Ryland’s Library making you feel like your in Hogwarts. Love history? Then your never too far from an important building or site. You can see the sites of England’s first train station and line specifically for passengers (Liverpool Road Station) now home to the Science and Industry Museum. Prefer the modern day? The £150 million Beetham Tower and the unique Urbis building, home to the National Football Museum all boast unique architecture. It is safe to say your walk to work in Manchester will never be boring.
The Lowry is amongst the cities most visited attractions. The artist Lowry made the industrial side of the North West famous, with the Lowry Art Gallery and Theatre constructed in his honour. It contains around 300 works by the artist, as well as many other contemporary works and visual projects in the building’s gallery and theatre. In central Manchester, you can see classic pieces in Manchester Art Gallery or the modern in Whitworth Art Gallery. But if galleries aren’t your scene, Manchester boasts some of the best street art in the North West. Wherever you go, art is a huge part of Manchester.
Manchester is a city full of surprises from its hidden gems to its architecture. More people moving the capital of the north and it is easy to see why. Many are realising that London isn’t the only city where you can make a name for yourself. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, university graduate or apprentice, you are sure to find your dream here in Manchester.