Developing Good Jobs and Growth: Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy

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Focus of the strategy

Greater Manchester has always been a pioneering, progressive and ambitious place. We want our local industrial strategy to build on this legacy and set a bold and exciting vision for the future to unlock greater productivity and earning power across the city-region.

We want to identify where local strengths and leadership can make a difference to the economic opportunities and challenges we face. We want to support new industries to flourish where Greater Manchester is, or has the potential to be, a global leader. And we want to be inclusive and people-focused, enabling all our people to access jobs which are secure, fairly paid and fulfilling.

To deliver against these criteria we think that the strategy needs to focus on:

  • Supporting our globally competitive strengths. Building on our research strengths and emerging industrial opportunities in health innovation and advanced materials and capitalising on the creativity of our people, our digital and technology asset base, and our emerging capabilities in green industries.
  • Strengthening the foundations of our economy. Investing in our people, infrastructure, business environment, innovation ecosystems and places to enable all sectors and all places to be productive and prosperous.

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Greater Manchester has always been a pioneering, progressive and ambitious place. As the first modern metropolis we powered the industrial revolution; the co-operative and trade union movements were born in the city-region and have since spread around the globe; and the world’s first computer was built here, forging a path to the digitally-enabled world in which we all now live.

We want our local industrial strategy to build on this legacy of social and economic disruption. By recapturing the ambition of the past, combining it with our powerful public and private leadership and capacity to deliver, and coupled with the creativity of Greater Manchester’s people, we believe that Greater Manchester can drive forward as a global economic powerhouse and be recognised as one of the most pioneering and progressive city-regions in the world.

We therefore intend to develop a local industrial strategy which is:

  • Ambitious – articulating a bold and exciting vision for the future, backed up with a plan to deliver, to unlock greater productivity and earning power across the city-region.
  • Distinctive – setting out how we will respond to the economic opportunities and challenges specific to Greater Manchester where local strengths and leadership can make a difference.
  • Focused –supporting industries to flourish where Greater Manchester is, or has the potential to be, a global leader.
  • Inclusive – people focused, enabling people to access jobs which are secure, fairly paid and fulfilling, with opportunities to progress and develop.
  • Evidence-based – grounded in a robust analysis of local opportunities and challenges, including the Science and Innovation Audit and the Independent Prosperity Review.

To deliver against these criteria, we are currently focusing on two key objectives:

  • Objective 1: Supporting our globally competitive strengths. Building on our globally competitive research strengths and emerging industrial opportunities in health innovation and advanced materials – and capitalising on the creativity of our people, our digital and technology asset base, and our emerging capabilities in green industries – will be essential if the city-region is to continue to attract investment and create new businesses and jobs for the future. Through this we will be pioneering emerging sectors, creating significant global competence and additional value for our local economy as these new sectors grow and flourish.
  • Objective 2: Strengthening the foundations of our economy. Strengthening our people, infrastructure, business environment, innovation ecosystems and places will be important to enable all sectors and all places in Greater Manchester to be productive and prosperous. We need to grasp global opportunities emerging from changes to world markets and develop industries of the future, while also ensuring competitiveness and job quality in our high employment, low productivity sectors.

1. Do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right focus for the Greater Manchester local industrial strategy?

2. What is the most important thing our local industrial strategy should focus on?