Manchester is a city with a thriving economy and is considered to be one of the most exciting cities to live and work in Europe.
Some of the best ideas, discoveries and inventions have been made right here in the city.
The city has proved it’s ahead of the game when it comes to innovation, from the birthplace of the industrial revolution to a world-leading centre for science and discovery, and home grown pioneers, like atomic theorist John Dalton, physicist James Joule and the team behind the first computer.
Manchester has a lively and diverse cultural scene with 269 languages spoken here. It has an increasing number of galleries and museums including Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Museum of Science and Technology, and amazing theatres like The Opera House, Palace Theatre, The Royal Exchange and The Lowry.
Latest cultural addition, HOME, is the new arts hub of the North while a new £78 million theatre and arts venue on the former site of Granada Studios, will hold up to 5,000 people and provide a permanent home for the Manchester International Festival.
Manchester hosts a plethora of cultural delights and festivals to suit all tastes including the bi-annual Manchester international Festival (MIF) described by the New Yorker as probably the most radical and important arts festival today. And not forgetting the Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Pride, Parklife and much more.
Music is and always has been at the heart of Manchester and for music lovers there’s so much on offer. With the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis, some of the country’s biggest and most influential artists were born and raised here.
Alongside the artists, there are some incredible music venues, an eclectic club scene to larger spaces like Event City, Manchester Arena and the Bridgewater Hall.
Perhaps the most significant music story has been Factory Records, the brainchild of the late Tony Wilson, and the rise of the Hacienda, quite possibly one of the most famous clubs in the world in the late 1980s, launching a new generation of stars like The Happy Mondays.
Sport is part of the fabric of Manchester, and sports fans will not be disappointed by the choice.
Kicking off with football, it’s no secret that Manchester has two clearly established and successful football teams, and whether you’re red or blue, there’s no denying that they’re a huge part of Manc culture. Both clubs also have award winning tours and museums here.
Salford Quays is a superb waterfront destination that hosts a number of events including the Salford Triathlon while nearby, we have the Lancashire Country Cricket Club and the Chill Factor, the UK’s largest indoor ski slope.
Sport City in the northern suburbs houses an array of sporting facilities for squash tennis and netball, as well as the National BMX Arena and Manchester Velodrome, home to the invincible gold medal winning British Cycling Team.
Manchester has a fantastic reputation for food and drink. It’s nationally acclaimed urban Food and Drink Festival takes over the city in September and showcases the best in food and drink in the region, and includes innovative food trends, pop up bars and entertainment.
There are stunning restaurants, markets, cafes and delis selling food from all over the world. And from the Chinese restaurants in China Town to the legendary ‘Curry Mile’ in Rusholme, you will be spoilt for choice.
Manchester also has some wonderful vegetarian and vegan cafes, loads of Halal and Kosher retailers and the ‘bohemian’ Northern Quarter and Ancoats is well worth a visit with some brilliant bars, friendly cafes and independent eateries.
I love Manchester – I wouldn’t live or work anywhere else.
Alison Bagnall – MD The Apprentice Academy