Innovation Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is ready to deliver levelling up through innovation

Innovation Greater Manchester is delivering an innovation ecosystem across the city-region that will help level up our communities, generate the solutions we need to achieve net zero, and create the conditions for more businesses in more places to benefit from global exporting and inward investment.

Innovation Greater Manchester can help deliver Greater Manchester and Government’s shared aim of increasing science funding more broadly across the UK. We need to work together to attract the projects and investment that will stimulate a more productive regional Greater Manchester economy.

Innovation ecosystems in places like Greater Manchester cannot be driven top-down. To ensure investment lands in the right places, we need a new arrangement backed by and designed with businesses, investors, R&D organisations, and local and national Government.

Innovation Greater Manchester is led by business and modelled on international best practice. It is a sustainable model that ensures pioneering businesses receive the support and investment they need.

Innovation Greater Manchester is the most developed blueprint in the country for levelling up through innovation. We’re delivering a range of projects and initiatives – with more to come as we build a world-class ecosystem.


A new research centre located in the Rochdale-Bury Gateway North industrial park that will drive innovation among the UK’s advanced machinery manufacturers.

Crescent Salford

Crescent is where industry, education and community come together to shape the future of Salford and beyond. This £2.5bn development opportunity will see the creation of a new innovation zone where applied research, innovation and technology will help us live better and smarter.

ID Manchester

A new £1.5bn innovation district in Manchester city centre developed by the University of Manchester and Bruntwood SciTech, providing 2.6m sq ft of commercial workspace for innovation-led businesses.

Made Smarter

A comprehensive programme of support to help manufacturers innovate, adopt new technologies and upskill their workforce.

Innovation Greater Manchester Think Tank Roundtable

A roundtable discussion addressed by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and featuring some of the UK’s leading think tanks underlined the role for Innovation Greater Manchester in levelling up the North.