Over your lunch it is worth reading the below very compelling article on further investment into Manchester.
Whilst traipsing a golf course with a friend over the weekend we spoke on the subject - working as a Partner for a national planning and environmental consultancy based in Manchester city center I thought he would be well placed to bleed (err) gain insight from. Interestingly, his company is actually scaling back the amount of work they are pursuing south of the M56. To paraphrase him, the volume of work on our doorstep, both residential, commercial and industrial means we don't need to hunt too far off patch. I then three putted.
The article does highlight some serious issues the city and wider government need to address to, hopefully, prevent a "bubble" similar to that of Greater London.
Ever since George Osborne dreamt up the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester has been in the national limelight, held up as a shining example to other cities as the sort of fully-fledged post-industrial revival the north has long been seeking. As the city – and particularly the city centre – vies to compete with the capital, some of the boom signs associated with London are starting to materialise here, too: an explosion of new restaurants and bars, tower blocks that scrape the skies and even a new elected mayor. But equally some of the capital’s high profile problems are making themselves felt too.