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Manchester, UK - a business destination

"London is the capital of the UK, but Manchester is its soul" Rev Jesse Jackson

Manchester is the original modern city. Birthplace of everything from the Industrial Revolution and the computer to the football league and the passenger railway - it is truly a city of firsts.

Located halfway between London and Edinburgh, and at the heart of England's North West, Manchester is a great base from which to explore and do business in the UK.

Whilst best known for its football and musical exports - Manchester United and The Smiths among the most popular - the city's reputation as the conference capital of Britain continues to grow.

This follows over a decade of investment in the sector by the city. The focus of this attention has been very much on rebuilding and rebranding the area that is known today as Petersfield - the historic meeting place for 'Mancunians'.

Today, the area is home to not only the city's flagship conference venue, Manchester Central but also the home of the famous Hallé orchestra - The Bridgewater Hall and over 850 four and five star bedrooms in the form of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, The Midland and the Radisson Edwardian hotels.

It is the concentration of these facilities in a relatively compact area that has made Manchester such an appealing option to conference and event organisers.

Manchester Airport is another jewel in the city's crown. Its route network is unrivalled outside of London - with direct, non-stop flights to more than 200 destinations around the world.

Equally impressive is the city's domestic connectivity. Three trains an hour operate between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston - with a journey time of just over two hours. Regional services link the city with Scotland, the North East, Wales and the South West.

Within the North West itself there are excellent transport connections to Manchester's neighbours: the Roman city of Chester, the coastal resort of Blackpool, the port city of Liverpool and the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District in Cumbria.

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