Manchester attracts London’s digital professionals

Manchester is the ideal location for digital professionals, according to a new report by Manchester Digital.

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A new report has uncovered professionals’ thoughts on Manchester’s thriving digital sector, with two thirds of respondents saying they think the city is a good place to set up a business.The #RelocateMCR report by trade association for digital businesses in the North West, Manchester Digital, questioned 300 digital professionals from Manchester on their views on living in and working the city. The research, which aims to encourage more digital professionals to relocate to the region, found that four in five professionals working in the digital sector in Manchester would recommend the city to their friends. 77 per cent of respondents said they view Manchester as a digital hub, while 63 per cent stated they enjoy the range of networking events on offer in the sector. 

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In addition, the report revealed that the city is a popular location for relocatees, particularly from London. An overwhelming majority (80 per cent) have relocated to the Manchester from elsewhere, and of these, one in five have moved from London. Overall, 80 per cent said they intend to stay in Manchester in the mid-term.This follows Manchester being voted the most liveable city in the UK for the second year running in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Survey.Commenting on the findings, Katie Gallagher, managing director at Manchester Digital, said, "Our new report has really confirmed what we at Manchester Digital, and lots of the professionals based here, already know about living and working in Manchester."We found that a huge number of people who work in the digital and technology industries have chosen to relocate to the city. And the pull isn't just across the UK, we are attracting talent from Europe too. The fact that most people would recommend working here to a friend, and so many people believe it’s a brilliant place to launch a start-up, gives us hope that more and more skilled professionals will move here and work with us to continue to grow the region’s booming digital and tech sector."

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