Manchester Innovation Forum focuses on Manchester’s creative industries


Tuesday 8 December, 3.30 – 6pm
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at Elliot House, Deansgate, Manchester

The role of the creative industries in the Manchester city region will be the focus of the next Manchester Innovation Forum on Tuesday 8 December 2015.

The Forum will feature contributions from Professor Bruce Tether of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and leading local creative companies followed by a discussion.

The creative industries are one of the UK’s success stories. Collectively they directly account for over 1.5 million jobs, with a further million in the wider “creative economy”. Combined, this is not far short of the 3.1 million employed in the “high tech economy”. Creative industries have been growing rapidly since the mid-1990s, and unlike much of the rest of the UK economy did not fall into recession following the financial crash of 2007. These industries and the wider creative economy are an important part of the economy of Manchester, which is somewhat exceptional as a northern city, because the creative industries and creative economy are predominantly based in London and the South East of England.

After providing a brief overview of the state and significance of these industries, the speakers will discuss the role of the creative industries in Manchester, and how Manchester, perhaps in the context of the Northern Powerhouse can build on its existing strengths in the creative industries.

The Manchester Innovation Forum is a joint initiative between the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Alliance MBS and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

To register for this event please contact Paul Smith at


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