Manchester was the heart of the industrial revolution. Cotton from the city travelled to every corner of the world. Inventors and businessmen flocked to Manchester – hoping to make their mark in the world’s first industrial city. Then, through much of the twentieth century, industrial decline led to urban decay and the city centre was devastated by an IRA bomb. Yet, at the start of the 21st century, a culture of creativity and business drive has put Manchester on the world map again.
“FutureStory: Manchester and the North West” is part of a series of forward-looking books promoting a wider understanding of how globalisation is changing everyday lives and jobs in six cities and regions, that the Centre for Cities has been commissioned to produce by the Talent and Enterprise Taskforce (a DCSF / BIS initiative).