Manchester City Council

Wish you were here

Today is the meeting of the Executive Committee. There are a lot of important items but most of them sufficiently tedious - aren't all council committees totally tedious? I hear you say - for me not to dwell on them. The Chief Reporter, perhaps only reporter bearing in mind announcements earlier this week, from the Manchester Evening News puts in a brief appearance but clearly can't cope with the excitement as he only stays around for five minutes at most. Having said that I repeat that there are a number of important reports and you can access them all (except one) by clicking on the link immediately below Leader's blog on the Council web site.

Those of you that read the business pages or receive the daily feed from a number of business magazines will have seen lots of coverage this week of something called MIPIM. Yesterday Airport City was launched at MIPIM, today The Corridor (the new name for the City South partnership which in turn was the new name for the Oxford Road Corridor partnership) is launched. Why are thirty seven Manchester companies and organisations joining with the City Council and Marketing Manchester to spend a week promoting Manchester in Cannes on the Cote d'Azur.  MIPIM, or le Marche International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier to give it its full title, claims to be the world's premier property convention and exhibition. Delegate attendance is around 15,000 with a similar number of non-delegates on the fringes. Manchester has had a major delegation there for ten years now, this being only the second time in that period that I've not attended for at least part of the week. MIPIM came out of the last recession and has grown into probably the best single place to sell the city to the world as a development location as well as being one of the most time efficient places not just to network but to have meetings in minutes that would otherwise take weeks to arrange. Clearly the job of the City Council is to support Manchester business and that is even more important during the current global downturn. The City is pursuing a wide range of actions to help us, our people, our businesses beat the recession. One of them is to redouble our efforts to promote Manchester has a global city.

There are 7 responses to “Wish you were here”

  1. bicolouredpythonrocksnake Says:

    You missed the accent off 'marché'. A 'marche' is a step.

  2. Ali Abbas Says:

    Regarding Airport City, is it prudent to plan new developments on the assumption of a doubling of passenger numbers by 2030, especially given passenger numbers have stayed fairly constant since 2005, and given that any future growth of the aviation industry will be constrained by caps on greenhouse gas emissions and rising fuel costs? Would it not make more sense to maximise the income- and job-generating capacity of the airport within the limits of its current operational area and greenhouse gas emissions, and invest instead in providing jobs in the kind of low-carbon industries that will not be subject to the same regulatory and resource constraints, and will help us to meet our climate change commitments rather than hinder us?

  3. Richard Leese Says:

    bcprs is of course correct but I don't know how to do accents on my keyboard.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Sir Leese you could always use the apostrophy ' as an accent. Just a thought....

  5. David Ottewell Says:

    I want those five minutes back.

  6. Just Being Helpful Says:

    ctrl+alt+e = é

  7. Sir Howard Bernstein Says:

    Ali,
    The recession will slow down growth - we may even lose some passenger traffic in the very short term- but we must plan long term. We have seen fundamental changes in the structure of airlines and the cost of air travel giving access to more and more people who wish to travel and holiday or do business abroad. This trend will continue for many years whether or not there is to be more international regulation. Manchester Airport has a track record second to no other Airport in Europe in setting clear targets for reducing it's environmental impact- improving public transport access for workers and travellers, reducing the need for car travel, energy policies throughout the Airport are just a few examples. Airportcity with its excellent public transport links, including a new Metrolink line from the City Centre to the Airport will also help. Locating more development closer to the Airport, and nearer to labour markets for example next to places like Wythenshawe will reduce the need for travel and locate jobs in Manchester.

 

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