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On 18 March 2021 the Our Manchester Strategy – Forward to 2025 was launched and details the priorities that everyone in the city – our public, private, voluntary and community organisations, and our residents – will work on together to put Manchester in the top-flight of world class cities by 2025.

The city has come a long way since the strategy was first launched in 2015, and within five years we made great strides towards its ambitious vision. However, many of our challenges have been magnified by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Manchester’s priorities for the next five years to 2025 have been reset to ensure we can still achieve the city’s ambition.

Throughout summer 2020, we asked our residents what Manchester’s priorities should be; over 3,800 residents, businesses, voluntary and community sector, public sector partners and wider stakeholders came together to give their views on what Manchester’s priorities should be. These are at the heart of Forward to 2025, and we will continue to work collaboratively to deliver them.

This reset has been overseen by the Our Manchester Forum, a partnership board of strategic stakeholders from across the city who oversaw the creation of the original Strategy in 2015 and have been monitoring its implementation ever since, and progress is reported annually in the State of the City report.

The Our Manchester Forum is chaired by the Leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Bev Craig, and is made up of partners from across the city. The Forum provides the strategic leadership to drive forward the city’s collective vision as set out in the Our Manchester Strategy.