What can Manchester offer to expanding SMEs?

If you are looking to expand your small business into a major UK city, Manchester is an option well worth considering.

Thanks to its accessible location, networking opportunities, support from like-minded entrepreneurs and local authorities and a wide variety of office space and equipment in the local area to choose from, Manchester has plenty to offer a growing business.

Read on to find out why this vibrant city can be a great place to take your start-up to the next level.
Great accessibility
One of the best things about Manchester is that it is a highly accessible location, with excellent rail connections to other major UK centres. Whether you are entertaining clients from London, Liverpool, Birmingham or Leeds, it’s easy to get to Manchester with regular train services arriving at and departing from Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Victoria stations.

Manchester is also home to an efficient international airport offering regular flight connections to domestic and overseas destinations – perfect if you are planning to attend industry conferences around the country and abroad.

In addition, the city has an efficient, modern tram system, which offers a quick and easy way to get around the city – and centrally-located businesses may find that many other venues in the city centre are just a short walk away.
Plenty of resources
Manchester has plenty of serviced office spaces with flexible tenancy agreements to choose from – including many facilities in the city centre, as well as affordable options in up-and-coming areas like Salford Quays, which is home to the new MediaCity development.

In addition to flexible office spaces that can grow in line with your expanding business, there are also lots of local suppliers that can help your company make its mark.

For example, Kyocera has a business printer showroom in Manchester – and there are a number of other centrally-located retailers offering everything from furniture to office supplies to help you find your feet.

You’ll also find that Manchester council and several private networks offer plenty of support to new and growing business – the next section explores some of their helpful services in more detail.
Thriving business network
Whether your industry is the media, accountancy or anything in between, you will find no shortage of opportunities to connect with other professionals – including prospective clients, suppliers, employees and others who can enhance your network.

Networking events take place all over the city – you may want to check out the Manchester Business Club to find out more about what is going on and who you may like to connect with.

If your business is brand new, you may also find that Manchester council offers plenty of resources for start-ups, including information about where you can find childcare for your little ones while you are at work, as well as a comprehensive list of free business networking events scheduled in and around the city.

Manchester council also offers a dedicated Business Information Service to help organisations of all sizes thrive. While this is usually based within the city’s Central Library, it will operate from City Library while renovations and refurbishments are completed. The Manchester library network’s business resources include more than 4,000 factsheets, as well as information on how to write a business plan and grow your organisation.