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 2,179 to 1,591 ▼-27% between November and December.

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

Tracking the top 25 most popular kinds of business in Manchester for recent new businesses started. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate95 ▼-26%128
Other service activities n.e.c.77 ▼-24%101
Buying and selling of own real estate76 ▼-18%93
Management consultancy activities other than financial management74 ▼-22%95
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet74 ▼-6%79
Other business support service activities n.e.c.70 ▼-28%97
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands60 ▼-6%64
Information technology consultancy activities38 ▼-12%43
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis31 ▼-56%71
Other human health activities30 ▼-39%49
Freight transport by road30 ▼-23%39
Residents property management27 ▼-23%35
Event catering activities26 ▲136%11
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment25 ▼-46%46
Licensed restaurants25 ▼-4%26
Development of building projects23 ▼-26%31
Other retail sale in non-specialised stores22 ▼-41%37
Other food services22 ▲5%21
Other information technology service activities21 ▲5%20
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes20 ▲18%17
Dormant Company19 ▼-39%31
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles19 ▼-14%22
Educational support services19 ▲46%13
Other education n.e.c.16 ▲33%12
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.16 ▼-59%39

Top Manchester Startup Sectors

We have grouped SIC codes to give a broader overview 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 Estate12.52% ▲17%
Retail9.76% ▲26%
Food & Beverage Service9.16% ▲37%
Construction7.21% ▼-18%
Other Professional Services5.71% ▼-7%
Wholesalers & Agents4.96% ▲22%
Other Support Activity4.46% ▼-2%
Other Services3.96% ▲10%
Management Consulting3.71% ▼-8%
Transportation3.66% ▼-12%
Health & Medical Services3.15% ▲17%
Education2.55% ▲9%
Financial Services2.45% ▼-30%
Residential Care & Support2.10% ▲35%
Motor Trade1.90% ▼-3%
National Startup Sector Activity
Real Estate10.67%
Food & Beverage Service6.71%
Other Professional Services6.17%
Other Support Activity4.55%
Wholesalers & Agents4.06%
Management Consulting4.04%
Other Services3.61%
Financial Services3.52%
Health & Medical Services2.69%
IT Consultancy2.33%
Software Publishing & Development2.04%
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 606.45%
Under 210.99%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.25 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.28)
Sample Size


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