A delegation of Manchester-based business representatives has recently launched the investment portfolio for the city-region to a Chinese audience of entrepreneurs and investors in Beijing.
The portfolio produced by the Manchester China Forum is available in Mandarin and English and showcases opportunities to buy into, collaborate and develop partnerships around some of Greater Manchester’s most exciting developments.
It was officially launched in Beijing today at the China-Britain Business Council’s (CBBC) annual outbound conference – the flagship event for enabling Chinese and British companies to identify practical opportunities and realise investment partnerships around the world in a variety of sectors.
Manchester’s presence at the CBBC Outbound Conference is supported by a partnership that includes Addleshaw Goddard, Allied London, Deloitte, JLL, Manchester China Forum, Marketing Manchester, MIDAS and Manchester Airport.
Rhys Whalley, executive director of the Manchester China Forum, said: “Chinese investors frequently request examples of specific opportunities in the UK so we’ve purposely tailored Greater Manchester’s investment portfolio with this specific audience in mind. It should go some way towards helping to whet the appetite and facilitating those important initial conversations.
“The portfolio is intended to evolve as new opportunities emerge and is also designed to emphasise the messages we have for potential investors; that Manchester offers a viable and appealing investment alternative to the UK’s capital, with significant cost-savings and a growing infrastructure that is backed by strong leadership.”
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and China Forum Chair, added: “Manchester has a rich property offering for international investors and occupiers alike. Couple this with an international airport, with over 200 destinations and incredible connectivity, then the city is well placed to meet global real estate demand. Plus from December Manchester will be the only airport outside of London with a direct route to China, making connectivity to the Far East even easier.
“It is with great pride to see the China Forum launch its portfolio today, which in a short timeframe has achieved so much and strengthened our links with this great country.”