THE LOOP

A vast network of cabling, stretching for 48 miles (77 km), will supply ultrafast connectivity with speeds reaching 1 GB/s and beyond to Greater Manchester.

  1. The Trafford Centre
  2. Manchester United Football Club
  3. War Museum – Salford Quays
  4. Media City – Salford Quays
  5. Beetham Tower
  6. Town Hall
  7. Library
  8. Piccadilly Station
  9. CIS Towers
  10. Etihad Stadium
  11. National Cycling Centre
  12. The Sharp Project.
  13. Manchester City Football Club

CITY FACTS

With a growing economy, excellent transport and communication links to the whole world, plus a booming cultural, arts and social scene, Manchester is the ideal city to secure your business success.

STATISTICS

  • Population: 2.5 million
  • GDP: £28 billion – 38% of the national GDP
  • Manchester has over 100,000 students at its four Universities, Manchester, Manchester, UMIST, Manchester Met and Salford.

TRAVEL

  • Manchester International Airport is the UK’s busiest airport outside London, with flights to over 190 destinations.
  • Manchester Airport handles 21 million passengers(and should hit 22m this year) and 112,000 tonnes of cargo every year
  • Hainan Airways now operate regular flights direct from Manchester to Beijing.
  • Manchester is served by four motorways (M60, M56, M62, M6) that provide direct links with Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.
  • It takes just two hours to get from Manchester to London by train.

INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION

  • Now with the largest single-site university in UK, Manchester’s university system has produced 25 Nobel Prize-winners amongst staff and students.
  • 19th century Manchester was the centre of the industrial revolution, and was known as ‘Cottonopolis’ on account of its global cotton trade.
  • Sir Freddie Williams invented the world’s first computer (called ‘Baby’) in Manchester in 1948.

MUSIC AND SOCIAL LIFE

  • The Phones 4U Arena seats over 20,000, and is the largest arena of its type in Europe.
  • Manchester is a highly innovative music city, having produced bands such as The Smiths, Oasis, The Stone Roses, New Order, James and The Verve.
  • There are over 500 licensed pubs and bars in Manchester city centre alone.
  • Manchester’s velodrome built to Olympic standard has been cited as the catalyst for British success in cycling since 2002.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • The Loop is a vast network of cabling stretching 48 miles within central Manchester.
  • Laid when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games, The Loop supplies ultra-fast connectivity, with speeds reaching 1 GB/s and faster.
  • The Loop is integral to Manchester’s bid to become one of the world’s top digital cities by 2020.