Manchester City Council

Business & investment Economic intelligence

Surveys, market research, statistics and forecasts

- The Manchester Intelligence Hub provides economic statistics about Manchester and offers links to local economic strategies, national research and statistics plus advice on research, evaluation, commissioning and procurement.

- The 2012 Manchester Business Survey showed many firms performing well, with stable or increasing turnover and investing in innovation. However, it also highlighted several enduring weaknesses that remain in the Manchester economy in particular, nearly three-quarters of firms neither engage, nor plan to engage, in international activity. Access to finance continues to be an issue, as does low skills for both employers and employees. Broadband usage is high, but firms are not currently aware of, or maximising, the potential benefits of superfast broadband. The majority of employers are aware of business support that is available, however work is needed to raise awareness of the full range of support and to encourage further take up.

 - Manchester Library Business Information Service has one of the largest collections of market research and statistical resources in the North and offers access to a database of over £2million UK businesses. Library members can access some services online.

- Economic policy, assessments and forecasts (external site).

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