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July 2023

Greater Manchester's
key tech hubs


Digital skills in the education ecosystem will cement the UK's place as a global hub for innovation

Professor Janice Allan,
Dean of Salford Business School

Professor Janice Allan,
Dean of Salford Business School

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the demand for digital skills has never been greater. As technology continues to transform industries, businesses and societies, the need for individuals to be equipped with essential digital capabilities is paramount. By incorporating digital skills as an integral part of the education ecosystem, the UK can leverage its rich history of innovation and technological advancements to further enhance its position as a global hub for innovation.

The changing nature of work
Preparing graduates for future opportunities

Empowering graduates is empowering the UK

The time to act is now. The UK has the potential to become a global leader in the digital age, but it requires a collective effort from educational institutions, industry partners and policymakers. By making digital skills a priority and integrating them into the education ecosystem, we can unleash the full potential of our future workforce, drive economic growth, and solidify the UK’s position as a global hub for innovation.

To find out more about Salford Business School, visit: www.salford.ac.uk/salford-business-school

Professor Janice Allan

Dean of Salford Business School

Stakeholder view

Tech decision maker view: data snapshot

To get an understanding of how the Greater Manchester tech industry currently views itself, the region’s greatest strengths and challenges, and where it is heading, UKTN commissioned Censuswide to survey 100 decision-makers at technology companies based in the county. Here’s what they said. 

Highly favourable conditions
Sustained growth
Global recognition
Local government support
Growth expectations
Game plan confidence
Leading sectors
Sector potential

Boosting Manchester's tech prowess through project economies

Kai Ojo,
CEO, Planisware UK&I

Kai Ojo,
CEO, Planisware UK&I

Tony Robbins, the American author and coach, once famously said, “Most think the past equals the future. Decision is the ultimate power.” This got me thinking about the evolution of our beloved home, Manchester. The city has paved the way for several disruptive moments that have shaped innovation and technology for centuries. The UK’s first passenger railway ran from Manchester to Liverpool. Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence during his time at The Victoria University of Manchester. And Graphene, the world’s thinnest material expected to revolutionise computer screens, was discovered by two University of Manchester scientists.

All three examples highlight how Manchester has provided a foundation for innovative thought processes to flourish. However, as Robbins’ quote suggests, history is no marker for future success – but it can be a force for inspiration. Manchester has the platform to thrive and by using the correct methodology it can remain an established innovation hub.

Today, Manchester’s economy is frequently cited as being in a state of limbo with progression blocked by numerous forces. How does Manchester progress past this point? How can it continue to thrive in times of unanticipated change? This is where project economies comes into play. The PMI defines the Project Economy as “a fundamental paradigm shift” in the business world toward using projects to handle work and solve problems. Manchester’s position as the frontrunner of the north provides a good pedigree to adapt to this methodology, but it requires the correct decision-making. So, what is it about the Project Economy that can help Manchester thrive and why should you be interested?

Educate to Innovate
Get Manchester Moving
Sustainability focus

A critical stage

Manchester stands at a critical stage in its evolution, drawing inspiration from its rich history of innovation. As Robbins’ quote suggests, the city cannot rely solely on past achievements but must embrace a forward-thinking mindset to shape its future. By prioritising the well-being of people and the planet, Manchester can continue to build a sustainable and thriving ecosystem for businesses, residents, and visitors. Education plays a crucial role in preparing the city’s young talent for the tech industry. Together, we can help to bridge the gap to show the potential of the next generation. 

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Kai Ojo,

CEO, Planisware UK&I