Blame it on the Weather

A busy day but not quite the way I had originally intended.

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Out and About

My responsibilities at the Council include external relationships, something I've been quite busy with over the last couple of days. Yesterday evening I went over to Liverpool to see my good friend Joe Anderson to discuss the programme for next year's Festival of Business.

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Manchester Most Vibrant

A good news story from yesterday's Financial Times which surprisingly doesn't seem to have been picked up by our local media. Research company Experian have used census and other data to identify Britain's most vibrant urban area and it will be no surprise to those of us that live here that Manchester came out number 1 pushing Kensington, London, the previous number 1 down to second place. The last time this study was done was based on the 2001 census and that the city has jumped from 21st to 1st place is a measure of just how far we have come. Does it matter? Well the reason Experian do this is to and I quote from the FT now "help business identify areas with the most attractive demographic trends". The clear message to business is bring your jobs to Manchester, grow your business in Manchester, start your business in Manchester and that is important.

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I normally find myself playing catch-up on the blog, but just for a change I'm ahead of time as I'm going to talk about tomorrow. Full Council meets tomorrow. After almost three years of exile in the Great Hall tomorrow's meeting will be the first in the Council Chamber since December 2010 as the refurbishment of the Town Hall extension draws to a close.

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Party Conference

A combination of the steady increase in hotels in the city coupled with the investment to make Manchester Central the best exhibition/conference venue in the country has meant that for a number of years now we have had the capacity to host increasingly large conferences. Not many come any bigger than the major party political conferences and particularly that of the party of government.

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