Unsurprisingly, Manchester is leading the North West in the tech industry, according to the Tech Nation 2017 report published this week, with £2.9bn of digital turnover annually. But why do Reading, Bristol and Bath have much larger digital turnovers than Manchester, asks Laura Storey.
While Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein made his annual voyage to the south of France for property convention MIPIM, leader Sir Richard Leese led a separate delegation to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, to promote technology businesses in the region.
Barriers to entry into the real estate market for tech start-ups, and the challenges around updating archaic systems for property companies, formed a large part of the discussion at a proptech event delivered by Place North West and Virgin Media Business.
Join with JLL, Deloitte Real Estate, The Co-op, Orbit, Bruntwood, Urban Splash, Tech North, Henry Boot, Property Alliance and many more at the Virgin Media Business property technology briefing on Thursday.
Manchester Science Partnerships and Allied London have each been awarded £2m of DCLG cash to deliver the Project Forward creative and digital workspace, following a competition run by Manchester City Council.