Manchester City Council

Increasing Investment

A day of meetings today (what a change). Firstly with the other AGMA councils and the board of Manchester Enterprises, the city-regions economic development agency. The councils in Greater Manchester already have a strong track record of liaising with each other and working together to build the economy of the city region. And now, with working closely with Manchester Enterprises, it's good to see the private sector can joining this united approach. Then I have some internal city council meetings to get updates on various projects, making sure the investment we put in is bringing a good return for our local communities. And finally, a meeting about the developments taking place at Manchester Central, the new name for the former GMex and MICC conference complex.

Conferences and major events are now big business for the city of Manchester; the conferences keep our hotels and restaurants busy (I understand too that there's a phenomenon called delegate drift which involves spending in local shops!). Conferences also allow us to promote Manchester to get further investment and of course we want delegates to make return visits, not just on business but with their family and friends for entertainment and cultural visits.

To keep attracting major conferences to Manchester means having first-class facilities. Soon the first of three phases of major works will begin at Manchester Central to make sure it can continue to compete with the best. Phase 1 will give a new entrance to the middle of the complex, but for the public, the most interesting phase will probably be phase two which will give the old station building a far, far more attractive new entrance.

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The blog of the leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Richard Leese.

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