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Regional spotlight: Manchester’s digital transformation

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Manchester is the largest city region economy outside London. Its vibrant tech sector plays an important role in that growth, which is in turn underpinned by robust digital infrastructure.

Greater Manchester is a £5bn digital powerhouse with sub-sector strengths in cybersecurity, AI, ecommerce, fintech, gaming and creative.

It has proven fertile ground for the more than 10,000 digital and tech businesses based in Greater Manchester, who collectively raised a record £532m from investors in 2022, according to Dealroom data.

Of those, around 1,500 are high-growth companies – more than in the West Midlands, West Yorkshire or the Edinburgh area.

Its innovative businesses generated more than 69,000 creative, digital and tech sector roles advertised in Greater Manchester last year.

MediaCityUK at Salford Quays, home to the BBC, has helped put Greater Manchester on the map, attracting swathes of talented creatives, entrepreneurs and skilled workers to the region. It is also a case study of the area’s digital transformation over the past decade....