According to the latest European Digital City Index, which is compiled by Nesta, the UK Innovation Foundation, Manchester has made Europe’s Top 20 cities for digital innovation for the first time. This is testament to how forward-looking Manchester has become regarding all things digital and its importance in becoming a leading world city.
The index looks at how European cities support digital entrepreneurship and Manchester has been ranked 16th out of 60 cities for young digital companies and start-ups.
London, Stockholm and Amsterdam took the top 3 spots but Manchester’s 16th position still sees them ahead of Edinburgh (19th), Birmingham (23rd) and Cardiff (40th). Of course, Manchester benefits enormously for being the location of MediaCityUK which houses the BBC, ITV and 250 more businesses in the media/digital sector. Manchester’s Northern Quarter is also no slouch when it comes to digital innovation with over 150 start-up companies in the digital and creative sector being located there.
On track to become a Top 20 Global City
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester council and economic strategy portfolio lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “Manchester has always been ambitious. We are on track to become a top 20 global city, so it is welcome that Nesta recognises the progress we have made in the digital field.”
Sir Richard added: “Greater Manchester has gained momentum and will no doubt improve its position further with the development of new initiatives through our Internet of Things demonstrator, CityVerve. We’re also very active in creating supportive hubs for software engineers and tech entrepreneurs to enhance our tech ecosystem.”