If you liked that lot, then you’re in for a treat! The stark contrast in the city means there is something for everyone. There has also been a huge, huge increase in the city’s GVA and with it happening so fast, it’s happened too fast to be in central government’s sample interval (so it’ll appear next time). The increases were in the region of 30% in 4 years, in no small part due to the attraction of more multi-billion pound companies to the city and of course, it’s position in the tech scene.
I grew up in Manchester. Make no mistake, there were times I hated it with a passion. It went through some difficulties in the 90’s, not least with gun and car crime. However, as much as I hate the city council and even campaigned against their library cuts, their 40 year stint at the helm, together with the organic tech movement, has allowed the city to really turn itself around and recently, at an astonishing rate!
The city has been bubbling under the radar for a while. Unnoticed by some of rest of the tech sphere even. As someone who is a die hard meritocrat, that got my goat.
I think I agree with a lot of other commentators that we are hopelessly bad at marketing ourselves, both as a city and perhaps, as people (and in my case, being too honest for my own good ☺). As a city of doers, we need less marketing to showcase our competence than most. However, all it needs is an ignition. A spark and it’ll explode. We are approaching that tipping point already.
Looking forward to reading and seeing more about your jaunts in the city.
Enjoy our kid!