On a train at Euston heading north which is where I am now.
Two days ago I was in MMU's boardroom for a meeting of the Corridor Board. A remarkable amount of positive stuff given the overall economic climate. Work to convert and extend the former Eye Hospital into science based workspace should start soon. We discussed an ambitious but realistic masterplan for doubling the size of Manchester Science Park and an innovative bid for european funding under the ELENA programme to support our climate change action plan.
The night before I hosted an event for RBS Global Markets. They have already moved 100 jobs to Manchester and there are good prospects for more to follow. Later on Wednesday - yes I know this jumping around a bit - I meet with our Head of Research to discuss a piece of work on priorities in a climate of post global recession cuts before having a catch up with the Chief Exec of CityCo.
Then its up to the magnificent new Communications Academy on Rochdale Road. I'm there for a meeting with North Manchester councillors about the refresh of the area's Strategic Regeneration Framework but also a chance to see at first hand a real investment in the future of the area. The working day ends in the Irk Valley, just down the hill from the academy at Lower Crumpsall TRA. A good meeting with residents really making a difference to where they live.