Once the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester remains the business capital of the North West. By 2020, it’s been predicted Manchester’s small and medium-sized enterprises will contribute near £14 billion to the region’s economy. This has led to Manchester being rated the UK’s second most important city.
The city of Manchester has something to offer everyone. It’s a great place to live, and a lovely city to visit and its large student demographic ensures the city maintains a fresh, lively atmosphere. Manchester’s locals, Mancunians as they are known, are certainly a friendly bunch. Their great appreciation for hard work and industry is represented by the worker bee which is displayed in their city’s coat of arms (the bee depicts Manchester as a city of industry). Of course, hard work is always balanced with plenty of fun in Manchester. It’s very unlikely you will have nothing to do, during a stay in this city.
If you enjoy browsing shops, then Manchester is the place to be. Manchester has a wide range of outlets and designer stores in large shopping centres, such as the Manchester Arndale, or the Trafford Centre a little further out of town. However, you’ll also come across some more unusual shops as you explore the city. Affleck’s indoor market in the Northern Quarter is the perfect place to pick up some unusual gifts. From top hats to tattoos, vintage video games to vinyl, there are so many treasures to discover in this eclectic shopper's paradise.