Posted on: 2nd May 2023
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Manchester has been named the tech capital of the United Kingdom. The city is renowned as a manufacturing powerhouse, both past and present. That makes an excellent base for companies looking for tech company office space.
At the beginning of the 18th century, Manchester was a market town with fewer than 10,000 people. So how did this small town evolve into a technology and manufacturing powerhouse?
It became the world's first industrial city, home to the Industrial Revolution. Thanks to its booming cotton industry, thousands of people moved to the bustling city to find work in the mills.
Manchester played a key role in other revolutions, including women's suffrage, heavy industry, the arts, sciences, and education.
Now, the city plays a key role in the fourth Industrial Revolution, focusing on rapid technological change. This sector is moving away from traditional production processes and now focuses on using digital technology like artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics.
Over the past decades, Manchester has emerged as the fastest-growing tech hub in the North of England. It is the biggest tech hub outside of London and the South East. Naturally, that makes it an attractive base location for businesses in the tech sector.
The city is home to over 1,600 startups and scaleups, which employ an estimated 60,000 people. 28% of the 50 fastest-growing digital tech companies in the North are located in Manchester. Manchester tech companies raised a record £532 million of funding in 2022, a 50% increase from 2021.
The city ranked number one in the UK's Top Digital Tech Cities in 2020. The Data City reported that the city has a broad and deep capacity and capability in Cyber, AI and Data, IoT, Advanced Digital, Ecommerce, FinTech and MedTech.
Greater Manchester also hosts three universities. These include the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Salford University. These institutions bring a diverse, educated talent pool to the region.
Now you've been introduced to this leading tech hub, discover our guide to the top Regus tech company office spaces in Manchester. It’s a great way to discover the kinds of office space tech companies are looking for in this great city.
1. Digital World Centre
Manchester has two main digital hubs, Media City in Salford and the Northern Quarter in the city centre. The Regus Digital World Centre office is located at the ever-evolving Salford Quays.
Over the past three decades, the Salford Quays area has been redeveloped into a world-class business, cultural and residential hub. Telecoms giant TalkTalk opened its new northern headquarters here. What better location to base your business than Salford, the fastest-growing economy in Manchester?
The Regus serviced office space at the Digital World Centre is at a prestigious waterfront location next to Media City. Media City was designed to provide a purpose-built home for creative and digital businesses. It was dubbed "the jewel in Manchester's digital crown" by Wired magazine.
The BBC, one of the biggest tech employers in the North of England, is based at Media City. The BBC R&D North research lab employs specialist research engineers, scientists, designers, and other innovators.
Media City is also home to ITV's production centre, the Salford Innovation Triangle, and other tech office spaces.
The Regus building has large windows offering inspiring views. It features meeting rooms, conference facilities, a 100-seat auditorium and exhibition space, a terrace and secure parking.
When it’s time for a break, there's a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. In just 20 minutes, you can reach Manchester city centre by tram or car. This in-demand location makes the Quays a desirable spot for offices to rent in Manchester.
2. Peter House
Head to Manchester's main square, St. Peter’s Square, and you'll find the Regus office at Peter House. Peter House is in the heart of the city's innovation and academic quarters. It's close to the Northern Quarter, one of Manchester's two main digital hubs.
You'll find Microsoft's office in this area on nearby Charlotte Street. In 2022, global health and care technology firm Tunstall Healthcare opened its new tech hub on St Peter's Square.
This outstanding location is close to cultural attractions such as the Museum of Science and Industry. Its proximity to Deansgate and St Peter's Square Metrolink station makes business travel and commuting a breeze.
The Regus Manchester office space at Peter House offers 10 stories of vibrant workspace. This post-war modernist building lets in lots of natural light thanks to its generous windows. A selection of rooms is perfect for meetings and training workshops.
The city centre address and grand entrance make this space ideal for dynamic, forward-thinking organisations. If our Peter House location sounds like a good match for your business, get in touch to get a quote or book a tour today.
Spinningfields is the city's bustling financial centre located on the River Irwell. It is also one of the most vibrant destinations for dining and entertainment. Its many unique eateries are ideal for after-work drinks or impressive business lunches.
The Avenue is located at Spinningfields, home to an impressive selection of designer stores. Thanks to the array of shared offices, private offices, commercial property to rent and residential property types, it has a buzzing community.
Spinningfields is at the heart of Manchester's FPBS (financial, professional, and business services) industry which employs approximately 20,000 people. Barclays and Deloitte are two of the large corporations based here.
Our Spinningfields location is one of the most sought-after Regus offices in Manchester. The Regus office on Hardman Street is located off the popular Deansgate, one of Manchester's liveliest areas all year round.
This impressive 16-storey building gives your business a towering presence on the city skyline. This column-free office design features outside seating, underground parking, showers, bicycle storage, and 24-hour security.
The area is becoming increasingly popular with tech companies due to its modern offices, central location and lively surroundings. To find out more about our Spinningfields serviced office, you can get a quote or schedule a tour now.
Head to Deansgate to get amongst the buzz of the city centre on Manchester’s skyline. You’ll find our Regus serviced office at 125 Deansgate, in the heart of Manchester’s business district.
125 Deansgate is located on the mile-long stretch that connects most parts of the city centre. It’s also in proximity to Spinningfields, Selfridges, and the Arndale Centre.
There are many ways to travel to and from Deansgate with ease. Trams run regularly to and from the Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop. Manchester’s busiest train station, Manchester Piccadilly, can be reached in 10 minutes by tram or approximately 20 minutes on foot.
Deansgate is home to some of Manchester’s best nightlife spots, popular restaurants, shopping boutiques, offices, and luxury apartments. Want to go for an after-work drink with the team? An extensive offering of Manchester’s trendiest bars is located in the area.
At 125 Deansgate, you’ll find 12 storeys of flexible designer workspace. It boasts an abundance of natural light, spacious offices, and multi-purpose meeting rooms. The fully equipped meeting rooms are perfect for hosting one-on-one with clients as well as presenting decks to your team.
This prestigious area is in high demand. It’s ideal for businesses that want to claim their spot on Manchester’s skyline with an impressive office in a thriving neighbourhood.
5. Trafford Park (Close to Manchester's reimagined Media City)
To benefit from all that Manchester has to offer without being in the busy city centre, Trafford Park is a great fit for your business. Trafford Park is an iconic purpose-built business park located on the southern side of Manchester.
Trafford Park offers great transport links. You can reach the city centre by public transport or by car in around 20 minutes. It has direct access to the M60, M62 and M6 motorways. Manchester Airport, the second biggest airport in the UK, is just a 15-minute drive away.
Trafford Park has impressive options when it comes to nearby entertainment. The third biggest shopping centre in the UK is a 10-minute drive away. You will find the Selfridges department store, high street shops, and a two-storey food court here. Trafford Park is also just two miles from the iconic Manchester United football ground.
The Trafford Park business park has attracted more than 1300 businesses, with over 35,000 people employed here.
Our Trafford Park serviced office space is a stunning glass-fronted building. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer plenty of light, and green spaces surround the office. It has 82 private offices and three meeting rooms for conducting business.
Manchester continues to prove itself to be an attractive hub for tech businesses. Get in touch to discover how Regus can help your business thrive in the Northwest and beyond.
Whether you need a traditional office space or a coworking spot, Regus business space for rent caters to small and large businesses alike. With impressive locations and tailored office packages, we'll find the right space to suit your needs and preferences.
Make an enquiry today to see how you can work your way with Regus.
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