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


Amazingly, the number of new businesses created stayed exactly the same at 2,228 between September and October.

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

Measuring the top 25 most popular kinds of business in Manchester for recent startup births. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate129 129
Management consultancy activities other than financial management103 103
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet102 102
Buying and selling of own real estate96 96
Other business support service activities n.e.c.90 90
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands86 86
Other service activities n.e.c.81 81
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.64 64
Freight transport by road62 62
Information technology consultancy activities58 58
Other human health activities55 55
Development of building projects49 49
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis37 37
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment37 37
Other information technology service activities33 33
Residents property management32 32
Other building completion and finishing31 31
Dormant Company30 30
Construction of domestic buildings29 29
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles28 28
Non-specialised wholesale trade27 27
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets26 26
Event catering activities26 26
Other education n.e.c.26 26
Construction of roads and motorways25 25

Top Manchester Startup Sectors

We have grouped SIC codes to obtain a clearer view of the new business startup environment.  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 Estate11.73% ▲18%
Retail10.13% ▲32%
Construction8.42% ▼-16%
Food & Beverage Service7.36% ▲4%
Other Professional Services6.41% ▲3%
Wholesalers & Agents5.32% ▲45%
Health & Medical Services4.26% ▲41%
Other Support Activity3.86% ▼-9%
Management Consulting3.75% ▼-8%
Transportation3.53% ▼-22%
Financial Services3.10% ▲2%
Other Services3.06% ▼-20%
Education2.33% ▼-1%
Residential Care & Support2.30% ▲46%
IT Consultancy2.11% ▼-17%
National Startup Sector Activity
Real Estate9.90%
Food & Beverage Service7.10%
Other Professional Services6.22%
Other Support Activity4.24%
Management Consulting4.07%
Other Services3.81%
Wholesalers & Agents3.67%
Financial Services3.03%
Health & Medical Services3.03%
IT Consultancy2.55%
Software Publishing & Development1.90%
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 604.44%
Under 212.12%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.25 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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