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Manchester ranked UK’s top regional creative location outside of London

Manchester is the UK’s leading regional creative location outside of London according to a new report.

‘Creative Regions’ has been published by global real estate advisor CBRE and showcases the top 25 areas other than the capital when it comes to the creative talent market.

Locations in the report are identified as having the key ingredients to progress and develop as future destinations for creative industries such as publishing, film, media, digital, computer programming and information services.

Manchester is said to have scored consistently highly across 15 weighted metrics for the ranking, with the city’s positive attributes including the largest number of creative industries businesses, the largest millennial population, a deep talent pool with a highly skilled graduate workforce and access to universities with strengths in research and computer science.

The presence of creative and digital hubs such as The Sharp Project, MediaCityUK and Corridor Manchester are also said to bring significant benefits for networking and knowledge sharing in the city.

Elsewhere in the North West Liverpool charted at joint 17th place in top 25 creative regional locations, alongside Bracknell and Milton Keynes.

John Ogden, managing director of Manchester CBRE, says: “The tech phenomena looks set to continue in the UK. Technology and creative industries in general are not affected by regulatory restrictions or fears over single market access. Contrary to common perception, a large number of these companies are based outside of the capital and this will continue to be the case going forwards.

“Evidence shows that regional cities such as Manchester also have the critical mass of talent necessary to compete successfully in this sector. Other attributes drawing creative industries businesses to Manchester, include quality of life, moderate cost of office space, salaries and favourable cost of living.  Indeed, given the growing cost of higher education, and the cost of living in London, the large regional centres are increasingly proving an attractive proposition for graduates and employers.”

The ‘Creative Regions’ top 25 creative regional locations:

1. Manchester

2. Reading

3. Edinburgh

4. Cambridge

5. Glasgow

6. Oxford

7. Birmingham

8. Bristol

9. Brighton

10. Leeds

11. Belfast

12. Southampton

13. Newcastle

14. Nottingham

15. Sheffield

16. Newbury

17. Bracknell

17. Liverpool

17. Milton Keynes

20. Cardiff

21. Portsmouth

22. Slough

23. Coventry

24. Norwich

25. Leicester