Salford Quays from the river lit up at dusk, Manchester, England.


The Gateway to the North, where Rolls met Royce and the city that split the atom and changed the world.

Getting here

The ‘Gateway to the North’ is one of the most accessible cities in the UK.


Manchester International Airport is the largest airport in the UK outside of London. More than 70 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 global destinations including almost every major European city, as well as global hubs such as Beijing, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and New York.


Trains from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre take around 20 minutes. They run every 10 minutes. Average journey time from London to Manchester is two hours and one hour, 30 minutes from Birmingham.


Manchester is connected to the south via the M6 motorway. Driving from London to Manchester takes around three hours. From Birmingham, it’s around two hours.


Icon of DNA molecule. UK life sciences sector

Life sciences

A city of firsts, Manchester has a decorated history in medical advancements. Its universities have strong track-records of working with industry and provide a climate where innovation can grow and prosper. 

Manchester has Europe’s largest clinical academic campus, and is home to several medical research institutes; Europe’s biggest cancer treatment centre; and the largest clinical trials in the world. 

The city also boasts a unique health innovation initiative which helps companies gain an important foothold, working with the NHS.

Icon of robot arm. UK expertise in advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing

Manchester’s heritage in manufacturing extends over many decades, with over 116,000 people now employed in the sector. Today, manufacturing reflects the development and adoption of some trailblazing technologies, with an expanding focus on advanced manufacturing and materials such as graphene.

The scale of opportunity for advanced manufacturing in Manchester is limitless. Thousands of companies choose to base their research, design, development and manufacturing here. Global players like Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Hitachi, Thales and Siemens have invested heavily in the region.

Icon of digital sector

Creative and digital

Manchester is one of Europe’s most successful creative, digital, tech and media hubs and the industry is growing faster here than anywhere else in the UK. No other European city has invested into this sector more than Manchester, with over £33.5 billion of investment made by both the public and private sector during the last few years.

The city’s key strength lies in how its various physical and geographical clusters – MediaCityUK, Corridor Manchester, Manchester Science Partnerships, The Sharp Project, and the Northern Quarter – collaborate. 

Collectively they work to break down traditional vertical sectors, creating countless innovation opportunities around media production, software development, augmented reality, digital health, e-commerce, gaming and data analytics, to name just a few.


Where to stay

There are 10,652 bedrooms within Manchester city centre - many within 10 minutes of the city’s key conference venue, Manchester Central. The wider Greater Manchester area offers a total of 25,362 bedrooms.

5* hotels 501 bedrooms
4* hotels 4,559 bedrooms
3* and under properties 4,463 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing) 1,129 bedrooms



Manchester’s venues range from historic landmarks to a first-class convention centre, conference hotels and a raft of unique and unusual options.

Manchester Central
The Edwardian Manchester
Hyatt Regency Manchester
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
Emirates Old Trafford


Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK. Use its unique character to create an exciting and motivating incentive itinerary.

The National Football Museum
The Lowry
Manchester United
Manchester City stadium tour

Dining & social

Manchester Cathedral
The Monastery Manchester
The Midland Hotel

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