The Manchester Strategy

If you were one of the tens of thousands reached by our consultation on how to make Manchester into the place you’d want to live, work, play and do business in 2025, thank you for being part of such a huge, inspiring response.

The strategy is the culmination of that response. People's commitment to the city, and their desire to see its future success, shine through it, and it’s a credit to all who contributed including:

  • Manchester residents themselves, in their thousands
  • the city’s army of volunteers (our city has around 100,000) from tiny clubs to business-scale operations, and community activists
  • a wide non-resident public – some of our city’s biggest fans – who work in the city or visit to enjoy our varied culture and leisure
  • business and civic leaders from the city and the city region who added their valuable insights, revealing the extent of their own crucial part in delivering Manchester’s success.

Responses from across the city were many and varied, but a few themes came through again and again. People of Manchester share the desire to see the city do well, to see Manchester use and value its green spaces, to have a clean city with one of the best public transport systems in the world, to preserve its historic buildings and support those in need.

We’ve summed up our vision for Manchester and the strategy's five themes.

In 2020 we held a consultation to renew our focus as we look forward to 2025. Read more about our renewed vision.


The strategy is for the whole of Manchester, overseen by a forum of Manchester leaders drawn from all the partners – public services, voluntary groups and communities working together for Manchester. Every year we’ll show our collective progress through a ‘State of the City’ report.

Download a pdf of the updated approach -  Our Manchester Strategy Forward to 2025.

You can also see the original Manchester Our Manchester strategy document.



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