Greater Manchester sets next chapter towards being a world-leading digital city region

Greater Manchester sets next chapter towards being a world-leading digital city region

Greater Manchester has set out how, over the next three years, it will build on its increasing status as a world-class digital destination – with data and technology playing a crucial role in making the city region a greener, fairer and more prosperous place.

Originally launched in 2020, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) along with stakeholders and communities from across Greater Manchester’s digital and tech sector have come together to refresh Greater Manchester’s Digital Blueprint for 2023-26.

The 2023-26 blueprint has been launched against a backdrop of Greater Manchester’s world-class digital ecosystem and economy that is going from strength to strength, with unprecedented growth in investment and recognition of Greater Manchester as a global hub and digital city of the future.

Inward investment in Greater Manchester’s tech companies has leapt forward since 2017-8, increasing by over one thousand percent by 2022, and the city-region is in the vanguard of work nationally and internationally in the areas of digital inclusion, AI, security, infrastructure and digital public services.

This blueprint will embed and accelerate that progress, refreshing the region’s strategic commitments to put people, our environment, and place firmly at the heart of plans. It outlines how GMCA and partners will improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s residents and for people and communities to feel empowered by the opportunities a digitally fuelled city-region brings.

The blueprint details how GMCA will continue to use technology and data to make this a greener, fairer, more prosperous city region, with the Digital Blueprint setting ambitions and outlining an approach to meeting them, over the next three years.

The refreshed blueprint was launched at DTX Manchester – the UK’s biggest digital transformation event in the North, on the 17th of May. Speakers included Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, GMCA Lead for Education, Skills, Work, Apprenticeships; Adele Every, Managing Director Public Sector, Cisco UK & Ireland, and Katie Gallagher, Chief Executive of Manchester Digital.

Andy renewed his ambition and commitment for Greater Manchester to be a digital city-region with a difference, putting people, the environment and place at the heart of plans and aiming for a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable approach that builds on the region’s greatest assets.

Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, GMCA Lead for Education, Skills, Work, Apprenticeships & Digital said:

“Greater Manchester has fastest-growing digital economy in Europe, and we’re home to a thriving £5 billion digital ecosystem. Over the last three years we’ve built on that Greater Manchester spirit of doing things differently and leading the way – and the next three years will be another exciting chapter.

“We continue to grow as a world-leading digital city region and remain committed to being open, innovative and connected, empowering our people and communities to thrive. We’re building responsible, data driven public services and creating connected, inclusive and sustainable places.

“Together, we want to better the lives our people and for everyone to feel empowered by the opportunities being a world leading digital city region can bring. By putting people, the environment and places at the heart of our plans, we are taking an inclusive and sustainable approach to being an international digital powerhouse!”

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