Tony Wilson, legendary founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub captured it perfectly: “This is Manchester, We Do Things Differently Here.”
Dig around and you discover Manchester is the world’s first modern city. A city that gave birth to the industrial revolution, mass production, the socialist movement, the campaign for women’s rights, nuclear science and the computer.
Manchester is a city that believes in free thinking, challenging the norms and the power of ideas to change the world.
Manchester has always championed change and has always tried to look forwards not backwards. The move from the age of machines to the age of information has not been easy. But Manchester has embraced this and is now truly a modern city for the 21st century with the digital and tech economy at its heart.
No wonder the BBC chose to relocate vast tracts of its empire here and the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Amazon are setting up major tech hubs. Manchester has always been a young city boasting three top rank universities and a music school. This keeps the city dynamic, full of fresh ideas and cutting-edge trends.
It is surrounded by some stunning countryside which inspired the romantic poets and has two amazing football teams. But most of all it’s the people of Manchester that are its greatest attraction; friendly, a little ribald maybe, open, funny, not afraid to question but most of all welcoming of everyone.
Manchester has heart and soul, and it’s the heart and soul of Manchester that I love and that hopefully you will too if you visit.