Startups in Manchester

Startups in Manchester tracked on a monthly basis within a ten mile radius of the mighty Manchester City Hall.

New Businesses Born Last Month


Total new company registrations went down from 2,246 to 2,008 ▼-11% between May and June.

Startups in Manchester are plentiful! This is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Cooperative and Free Trade movements, The modern city continues to be innovative and is recognised as a leading European business destination and is the most successful in attracting direct foreign investment outside London.

Strengths include:
• Research, manufacturing and advanced engineering
• Life sciences
• Energy
• Environment
• Financial
• Professional business services
• Creative
• Digital and technology

Manchester drives the country’s growth and prosperity by creating a GVA of £62.8 billion. The metropolitan boroughs of Manchester comprise the most economically diverse city region and are the beating heart of the Northern Powerhouse.This dr

Manchester Startups by Industry Classification

Evaluating the top 25 most popular types of business in Manchester for recent startups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate105 ▲6%99
Other service activities n.e.c.96 ▲19%81
Management consultancy activities other than financial management92 ▼-4%96
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet79 ▲5%75
Buying and selling of own real estate78 ▼-24%102
Other business support service activities n.e.c.77 ▼-31%111
Freight transport by road74 ▼-8%80
Information technology consultancy activities67 ▼-7%72
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands58 ▼-16%69
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.47 ▼-19%58
Development of building projects45 ▼-4%47
Other human health activities44 ▼-34%67
Event catering activities32 ▲19%27
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis30 ▼-27%41
Other information technology service activities29 ▲12%26
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets28 ▲27%22
Other building completion and finishing27 ▲17%23
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment27 ▼-34%41
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles27 27
Construction of domestic buildings27 27
Business and domestic software development26 ▼-10%29
Dormant Company24 ▲20%20
Other education n.e.c.23 23
Licensed restaurants22 22
Advertising agencies22 ▲5%21

Top Manchester Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to give a higher view of the startup ecosystem.  The change indicators are how far Manchester statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Manchester to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Manchester
Real Estate10.36% ▲5%
Retail9.46% ▲32%
Construction8.81% ▼-14%
Food & Beverage Service6.89% ▼-1%
Other Professional Services6.40% ▲3%
Wholesalers & Agents4.81% ▲22%
Transportation4.45% ▼-8%
Other Support Activity4.16% ▼-3%
Other Services4.04% ▲13%
Management Consulting3.75% ▼-10%
Health & Medical Services3.38% ▲22%
IT Consultancy2.73% ▼-4%
Education2.69% ▲17%
Motor Trade2.41% ▲30%
Financial Services2.37% ▼-23%
National Startup Sector Activity
Real Estate9.85%
Food & Beverage Service6.95%
Other Professional Services6.20%
Other Support Activity4.27%
Management Consulting4.15%
Wholesalers & Agents3.94%
Other Services3.57%
Financial Services3.08%
IT Consultancy2.83%
Health & Medical Services2.77%
Software Publishing & Development1.93%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 605.17%
Under 211.63%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.32 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.3)
Sample Size


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