March 2017

Spotlight on Corridor Manchester at MIPIM

Corridor Manchester was featured strongly at the MIPIM international property conference in Cannes in March 2017.

The city has positioned itself as a progressive space; an original modern city” and that “we set up Corridor Manchester with a shared interest in making that part of Manchester one of Europe’s best innovation districts”.

Chris Oglesby, Corridor Board member and Chief Executive of Bruntwood

During the session, Manchester Science Partnerships announced the name of its newest and most technology-enabled building. Located in the Corridor Manchester area, due to open in late May, the 70,000 sq ft Bright Building on Manchester Science Park will be the nerve-centre of digital innovation in the North West, the HQ of  CityVerve, the UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator, and Mi-IDEA, a post accelerator and open innovation centre for fast-growth technology businesses, operated in partnership with Cisco.

Thomas Renn, Managing Director of MSP said that the name was chosen to reflect the building’s status as an incubator of bright ideas, and the natural home for people working in the growth sectors of tomorrow.

A key feature of the Bright Building is also the significant space dedicated to collaboration and social activities to support an even more connected community on campus and with the wider Innovation District. It also features a fitness studio, cafe-bar and event space with capacity for up to 200 people.

The Bright Building, which has been part-funded by the North West Evergreen Fund (backed by the European Regional Development Fund), and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, is located within the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone, which provides significant financial benefits for businesses looking to locate here.

Qualifying businesses moving to the Bright Building before March 31 2021 may be eligible for a total of £275k in business rates relief over a period of five years, through the Corridor Manchester Enterprise Zone.

Manchester Science Park is home to a thriving and diverse community of more than 160 high growth science and technology businesses, ranging from start-ups to global corporates.