Graphene – leading edge science
Manchester has become the global focus for the study of Nanoscience, the development of recently discovered two-dimensional (one atom thick) materials. They will transform all aspects of life for coming generations, from water filtration to aircraft building. The eyes of the world’s scientific community are on the progress being made at the two new £60m Graphene research and development buildings at the University, less than one mile from Barclay House. Graphene has astonishing properties. It’s flexible, more conductive than silicon and 200 times stronger than steel. Tens of thousands of Graphene patents have been granted to Asian high-tech corporations.
Manchester represents the largest city region economy outside London and is the fastest growing UK economy outside London with an estimated GVA of £62.8 billion. 80 of the FTSE 100 companies and 50 international banks are represented in Manchester. It is one of Europe’s most economically stable locations, powered by the influx of talent and ability attracted by the Universities. Many of those who come to the city to study, find that they like it and remain, building their careers here.
Manchester is an incredibly well connected city, with excellent local, national and international links. Manchester Airport is the largest in the UK after Gatwick and Heathrow. Central Manchester is served by two mainline stations (Piccadilly and Victoria) and three commuter stations (Oxford Road, Salford Central and Deansgate). Manchester is a truly global destination.
Manchester is the cultural centre of the North of England, and the new home to the BBC. There is 3.23 million sq ft of retail accommodation in Manchester. There is a population of 2.6 million and 50% of the workforce live within 20 minutes’ travel time.