Industry 4.0 Summit will be hosted at the magnificent Manchester Central Convention Complex (formerly known as G-Mex Centre). Visitors can expect first class hospitality, IT services, business offices, and a central location offering attendees great hotels, restaurants & shopping. Manchester has great transport links with an international airport serving North America, Europe & the Far East. It has rail and road connections to the whole of the UK. Manchester itself employs over 100,000 people in the manufacturing sector. It is where Rolls met Royce; where Ford started building cars in Europe and where Williams and Kilburn built the world’s first computer. And it continues to host the biggest brands of today including operations for BAE Systems, Siemens, Kelloggs, and McVitie’s.
- Over 100,000 people employed in manufacturing within 30 mile radius
- Focal point of UK government’s “Northern Powerhouse” development & investment
- Major local employers – BAE Systems, Siemens, Heineken, Thales
- The world’s 1st industrial city
- It’s where Ford built his first cars in Europe and where Williams and Kilburn built the world’s first computer
- Home of graphene – developed at Manchester University
- International airport flying to 190 routes around the world
- 1 hour train to Birmingham & Leeds, 2hr30 to London.
The Northern Powerhouse
The Northern Powerhouse is a proposal to boost economic growth in the North of England by the 2010-15 coalition government and 2015-20 Conservative government in the United Kingdom, particularly in the “Core Cities” of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. The proposal aims to rebalance the UK economy away from London and the South East. The proposal involves improvement to transport links, investment in science and innovation, and devolution of powers in City Deals. In October 2015 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK, former Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the Northern Powerhouse proposal had “Chinese backing”.