A new £2m tech incubator is set to help create up to 2,000 data science and technology jobs over the next 10 years.
The Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) scheme is backed by Manchester City Council and will support start-up businesses with services including access to finance, talent and markets advice.
Firms working in areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics, cyber security, cloud technologies, the internet of things, smart cities and digital health will all be eligible for support.
According to the 2017 Tech Nation report, the city region’s digital and tech economy is already worth £3bn a year and supports more than 60,000 jobs.
Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham helped to launch the initiative.
He said: “I want Manchester to be the UK’s leading tech and digital centre and this new tech incubator takes the city to another level, because if we are going to be a leader in this industry we have to build an ecosystem that supports businesses at every level, from start-up to the biggest players too. We also need to build a culture of collaboration across the sector, and the whole city region to achieve our ambitions.
“Manchester Science Partnerships is a great example of the collaboration we need, and I congratulate them on creating this amazing space, in such a fantastic location – right on the doorstep of our universities – and I am sure it will be a place where great ideas are brought to life.”
UK-India Tech Partnership
Matt Hancock, the UK’s secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, has spent recent days promoting Britain’s technology sector during a visit to India.
The digital secretary was in Delhi and Mumbai to launch the new UK-India Tech Partnership, unveiled during prime minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Britain. The scheme will pair businesses, universities and tech institutions in the two countries, and develop a new UK-India Tech Hub in Delhi.
Mr Hancock also confirmed regional link-ups. Initially, the Midlands Engine will link with the Indian state of Maharashtra, while the Northern Powerhouse will be linked to the state of Karnataka. Further partnerships are expected to follow.
He said: “The UK and India are global leaders in tech and by deepening our ties we can open up huge opportunities for business and citizens in both countries.
“Our new UK-India Tech Partnership will not only lay the foundations for new investment, growth and jobs, but it will also boost collaboration on the technologies of the future that will improve and revolutionise our lives.”
Main image ©Manchester Science Partnerships: Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham