Manchester Area Guide – Officio

Big Corporations

Manchester and the surrounding areas have always been a fast growing hub for small and large businesses alike. It is a leading European business destination and the most successful UK city for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) outside of London. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, it continues to be a city which innovates across a variety of sectors.

Klarna

This fintech company – who provides a “buy now, pay later” service – was founded in the year of 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden. It had the aim of easing the process for people to shop online. Within the last 15 years, it has grown into a leading European bank – with the UK an increasingly important market. Even today the company’s headquarters is still located in the Swedish capital, but, chose Manchester as the location for its second UK office.

Kellogg’s

Even though the World Corporate Headquarters might be in Battle Creek, Michigan in America, but cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s has links with Greater Manchester going back to 1938. The company which employs more than 1,000 people across the city-region, currently owns and operates a cereal factory in Trafford Park. In 2019, it moved its UK registered office from the Kellogg Building in Manchester Talbot Road – where it had been based since 1990 – to Orange Tower in Salford’s Media City.

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Piccadilly

Sat right next to Manchester Piccadilly Station in a sky scraping tower, taking space here ensures your business couldn’t be easier to find. And, moving inside, ease is still high on the agenda. Workspaces are open plan and uncomplicated with co-working areas close to meeting rooms and stylish breakout space next to social kitchen spots. Constantly improving, this centre also hopes to have completed a number of transformations by 2020. With increased focus on sustainability and environmental impact, the workspace will become more ecological in everything from power usage to plants. What’s more, a re-imaging of the ground floor will see teams gain more control over their wellness and work environment through smart features and enhanced technology.

Spring Gardens

Place your business within an urban oasis, ideally sat between Manchester’s King Street and Market Street. The workspace has been designed to bring wellness, work-life balance and productivity to businesses in an environment sprinkled with innovative technology. Experience tech that monitors and optimises air quality, a state-of-the-art wellness suite, a sleep pod and a beautiful cascading garden as you enter. Helping to create an incomparable community, this workspace also features a cinema room, space for pop up events and plenty of co-working options. Collaboration has never been easier or more enjoyable than at this Spring Gardens workspace.

Business & Shopping Parks

These are large areas of land in which many office buildings, shops or outlets are situated. They are often developed in suburban locations where land and building costs are cheaper. In recent times, business parks have been a more common place for innovators, creators or everyday shoppers to flock to everyday, whether it is for business or personal use.

Manchester Business Park

Described as a unique opportunity for your business. A location that puts together unrivalled national and international transport with modern, adaptable office space to rent and a host of support services to help you create and enjoy the best environment for your company. The location of the park helps you and your business keep in touch with customers and suppliers wherever they may be. Just across the road from here lies the city’s international airport, providing a coordinated transport hub.

Trafford Centre

The world-renowned shopping and leisure destination where you’ll always find your most loved high street brands, food favourite’s and exciting leisure all under one, stunning roof. Located just 5 miles west of the city centre, 10% of the UK population live within a 45-minute drive of the shopping centre, which brings in around 35 million visitors annually. It has Europe’s largest food court in The Orient and the UK’s busiest cinema, attracting more than 28,500 visitors each week.

Small Businesses

Manchester has been named the best place in the UK for small businesses. It has robust business support, reasonable operating and living costs, a deep talent pool, innovative tech infrastructure and mass hubs for coworking and networking. It is the perfect place for innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, sole traders and the average brit looking to startup their own business.

Buzzy Bee Bakery

Baked goods make for a really thoughtful gift, for anyone really. But, if there’s on Manchester bakery nailing it at the moment – it is for sure Buzzy Bee Bakery. Situated just on the outskirts of Manchester, the sister-run bakery creates gooey cookies, brookies and so much more that will make you taste buds tingle and your mouth water. On offer they have huge brownie towers which are perfect for all kinds of celebrations.

Piccadilly Records

Do you know a vinyl lover? Collector? Or anyone who’s interested just as a hobby? Well, Piccadilly Records are absolute pros when it comes to all things vinyl, and they have a huge library of records to choose from, too. Pop in for a nostalgic browse or opt for their new click and collect service where you can pre-order anything you like online. Not only will you be lining the pockets of a local instead of Jeff Bezos, but it is also a great shopping experience for vinyl lovers.

Virtual Offices

Have you ever wanted to have a startup business, but not want to work from behind a desk? That’s where virtual offices come in. They give you a physical address and office related services without the overhead of a long lease and administrative staff. It allows you to be able to do your job from anywhere you want but also still having necessities such as a mailing address, phone answering services, meeting rooms and video conferencing. So, if you’ve ever wanted to work and have a nice sit down cup of coffee whilst doing so, here are the places to go.

Haunt

Being only one month old, Haunt is a new Coffee-Wine-Aperitivo that has just opened just over the tarmac from the Manchester Central Library. Residing in the space where Café Nero used to sit and keeping the reliable Italian theme, this new independent spot is a great place to sit and work if you’re looking for a change of scenery and atmosphere. The spot has huge bi-fold doors that accommodate for the new inside-outside hybrid, which does also make a great sport for people watching and passing time.

Ditto

Another slightly new establishment. This coffee house is located on Oxford Road at the St Peter’s Square end. Bringing exposed brickwork, industrial decor and vinyl records adorning the walls, Ditto will most certainly bring a feel of Manchester’s Heritage. If you do want somewhere quieter than Oxford Road, then you can visit their second shop, located just off Albert Square.

History

Manchester is definitely rich with history. We’re talking about where the Industrial Revolution really took shape. With canals coursing throughout the city, it has paved it’s own way through time, reminding everyone that its known for textiles, trade, music and a whole lot of sport.

The John Rylands Library

It’s safe to say The John Rylands Library on Deansgate looks less like a library, and more like something from Harry Potter. The Victorian Gothic masterpiece is an exquisite example of Manchester architecture and remains one of the city’s most stunning historical attractions. But it also has a romantic history too. When successful industrialist John Rylands died in 1888, his wife Enriqueta was paralysed with grief. In order to keep the memory of her husband alive, she commissioned, with his £2.7million fortune, the creation of the library which is actually the home of the oldest known piece of the New Testament.

Manchester United F.C.

Manchester United Football Club, usually referred to as Man United or just, United, is a professional football club based in the Old Trafford area of Manchester, with their home stadium being called Old Trafford, or the nickname of it being “The Theatre of Dreams”. The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of English football. The history of the club dates back to 1878, where they were founded in Newton Heath. From then on out they’ve oozed history and footballing royalty, with them being one of the founding clubs in the first professional football league in England.

Education

Manchester is regarded as one of the best student cities in the UK. Boasting world-class universities, cheap accommodation and lots of things to see and to do. The city also has a thriving bar scene which is perfect for students. The entire city seems to be running on students just because of the sheer number of the student population.

University of Manchester

This particular place of education is a historic institution, known for its groundbreaking discoveries and high-quality research with an impact reaching all around the globe. It does pride itself as one of the most respected institutions in the world. This reputation was earned through the high-quality of education offered throughout its almost 200-year history. From the splitting of the atom and the birth of the first working computer, to the discovery of Graphene and the invention of the contraceptive pill – The University of Manchester has been at the heart of scientific and social innovations that have changed the world. With as many as 25 Nobel Prize winners among former students and staff, the university’s academic pedigree is among the very best across the globe.

Quarters

The city is devised into different areas, even though there are quite a few of them, we call them quarters. Trendy neighbourhoods full of different cultures, people and so much more, you just have to delve a bit below the surface.

Northern Quarter

This contemporary neighbourhood with vibrant street art, bohemian bars and independent record shops is home to some of the city’s busiest restaurants and liveliest music venues, which host up-and-coming indie bands and established acts. It is full with cultural attractions which include the artists’ studios at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, and rotating exhibits at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Chinatown

Whether you are after a bite to eat, a little sing song or are just curious, Chinatown is the place to be. It traces its routes from launderettes that opened at the beginning of the 20th century. little did they know at the time that they’d be paving the way for a thriving oriental community. To not stop here when in Manchester would be a shame, even if its just for a bite to eat – but go in with a hefty appetite – with many of the restaurants offering all you can eat options, but some still pride themselves on multiple courses.

Deansgate

This is literally a mile long stretch of road that connects pretty much every part of the city centre. If you are ever lost in this city, ask any bystander the way to Deansgate and you will soon find your way. It starts – or ends depending on how you look at it – with the Cathedral and ends (or starts) at the dominating Beetham Tower with a cross section of most central streets in-between. Deansgate is the focal point for many of Manchester’s civic celebrations be it Manchester United bringing home the treble, Gay Pride or Manchester Day parades. It has seen Jenson Button roar up it in a Formula One racing car and Usain Bolt set a world speed record. Yes, you are walking in the footsteps of giants.

Stockport

Just a short journey from Manchester’s city centre. Offering visitors panoramic views of the town from the big heights of the famous viaduct, a major feature of Victorian engineering. Stockport has definitely had its fair share of unique and landmark buildings, ranging from the contemporary blue glass pyramid overlooking the M60 to the iconic 1930s Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre with its famous red neon sign, being one of the finest examples of Art Deco cinemas in the country.

Museums

Classic art, rich history, the campaign for social justice or the high and lows of football. That is just a taste of what Manchester museums provide to their viewers.

National Football Museum

Whether you are a die-hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or friends or are on a weekend break and are in need of something to do, then visiting this centre is a must! Delve into the social history and culture of the world’s most beloved sport, showcasing objects known to football fanatics and changing exhibitions showing how the beautiful game became a part of our lives. See Geoff Hurst’s red England shirt and ball from the 1966 World Cup Final, view the infamous Diego Maradona Hand of God jersey. The museum also has a statue of Lily Parr – a pioneer of women’s football. Test your skills at everything from penalty kicks and clever tricks to commentating, and get your photograph with the museum’s Premier League trophy.

Manchester Museum

Here you will be able to wander 3 floors worth of displays and exhibitions with plenty of objects from all over the world, ranging from Stan the T-rex to the Vivarium and newly bred Harlequin frogs. The artwork reflects a unique moment of global quiet and acts as a time capsule of the first lockdown, blending field recordings of nature with sonified weather pattern datasets. And discover the holographic artwork Voicing Silence by Liverpool-based artist Laurence Payot. This video installation exploring the emotional impact of biodiversity loss is part of the collaborative Thinking Through Extinction project.

Nightlife

Manchester boasts one of, if not the best, liveliest night scenes in the UK, with live music bars and events happening all across the city, with the added grace of cocktail restaurants and entertainment venues, it really is a night out worthy of being experienced.

Revolucion de Cuba Manchester

This cool and buzzing Latin-themed bar in Deansgate offers some spice and flavour to the drinkers and diners of Manchester. With a long front, the bar already looks enticing, but when you step inside the interior is what really grabs everyone’s attention. Large Havana-esque ceiling fans remind visitors of a sunnier climate and larger numbers of tables provide the perfect setting for drinks and food with friends. Cocktails cost around £7 and cover all the classics such as the Mojito as well as some more unique offerings like frozen Granitas, frozen blends that will that lovely kick. Also don’t miss out on the ‘Cuban Tea Party’ (£16), a selection of cocktail teapots to share which bring a unique drinking twist to Revolucion De Cuba. Food wise you can grab small dishes like Albondigas meatballs for only £4.95, larger Latin staples like enchiladas, burritos and chilli; grilled steaks and fish as well as a great range of gorgeous hamburgers.

The Liars Club

See the neon ‘OPEN’ sign and descend down some stairs just off Deansgate to find one of Manchester’s growing breed of cool tiki cocktail bars. Dark and atmospheric, the Liars Club is a tropical dive bar that evokes heady Caribbean nights a million worlds away from the streets of Manchester above.  With cool teracotta floor tiles, comfortable leather seating, wooden keg tables and much more, The Liars Club is a brilliantly designed tiki paradise that brings the fun time party vibes every night of the week, and a much needed ray of sunshine to Manchester nightlife. 

We already know that we are barely scrapping the surface with what Manchester has to offer on historic streets and efficient buildings – but it is one place where you will always have something to do. Are you interested? Check out our office space to rent in Manchester or give a 020 3053 3882 a call for enquiry purposes, we’ll be happy to help!