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5 reasons to live and work in Manchester

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27 Jun 2014

On Sunday it was Manchester Day, a celebration of the city which included a parade and lots of free activities taking place across the day in the city centre. This started me thinking about what I loved about my new hometown. I moved to Manchester from London two years ago - I met my now husband and, following a year of commuting between the two cities, I took the plunge and decided to relocate. Manchester was a total unknown to me, but now I can't imagine living anywhere else.

When you make a move to a new city the stars need to align somewhat, what you do for a living is incredibly important in making a home a home, but what to do at 5.30, well that's when you can really start to fall for a place...

Here are my five great reasons to live in Manchester;

1. Business
Business is booming in Manchester - major redevelopments across the city - including Spinningfields, St Peter's Square and North Manchester (NOMA) - have cemented Manchester as a financial and business hub. The creative sector is also alive in Manchester, with digital agencies operating at a national level and when MediaCityUK opened its doors in 2011, it brought the core of the BBC to the north and is expected to have created 15,000 jobs by 2015.

Midas, the city inward investment agency, has recently reported the creation of 5,614 jobs in 2013/14 with an economic impact of £285.8 million, and major players like BAE Systems and Nabarro are also bringing jobs to the region.

With a job market as buoyant as that seen in the North West, it's no wonder Manchester is one of the major UK cities attracting talent to its door.

2. Music
Manchester's music scene is prolific and admired around the world. Anyone who grew up in the 90's (or 80's) knows the huge bands that have shaped the course of British music. All big and upcoming acts make a stop in Manchester, whether it's at Phones4U Arena or one of the hundreds of music venues around the city like Band on the Wall, Gorilla or Matt and Phreds.

But there's a diverse range of music events taking place throughout the year - Bridgewater Hall showcases classical, folk, jazz and world music every night and for two weeks in July the annual Manchester Jazz Festival takes place, with events all over the city - many of which are free to attend.

3. Food
The options for eating out in Manchester are so vast; you could pick up some street food at the market in Piccadilly Gardens, or eat at Michelin star chef Simon Rogan's latest restaurant The French. What Manchester has in abundance are great independent restaurants for whatever your tastes may desire - Mughli on the curry mile offers a small plate alternative to the usual Indian fare, Umezushi delivers amazing sushi and Japanese food with a difference, people queue for hours for a burger from Almost Famous and over in West Didsbury, a hub for 'on trend' restaurants, newly open Volta's small plate menu had a visit from Prince last month. 
4. Sports
Whatever your sport, Manchester has something to offer. Not only can it boast two Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, it is also home to Lancashire County Cricket Club which last year hosted one of the Ashes Tests. The National Cycling Centre is the home of British cycling and has housed the International and British Indoor Cycling Championships.

For thrill seekers and sport buffs, Manchester can offer the Chill Factore indoor snow dome, an Olympic sized swimming pool at the Manchester Aquatics Centre and within 90 minutes you can leave the city and be in the Peak District, The Pennines, the Lake District or Snowdon for walking, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking or just a breath of fresh air!

5. Culture
Manchester is home to a number of art galleries, with exhibitions of fine art, modern art, craft or photography at Manchester Art Gallery and the newly renovated Whitworth Art Gallery which will reopen its doors in the Autumn.

Theatre is also well respected, with regular sell out runs at the Royal Exchange and at the Salford Quays arts centre, The Lowry. Comedy is also big business in Manchester with the Comedy Store at Deansgate Locks, and the Frog and Bucket in Ancoats - where you can sometimes spot Sarah Millican performing her work in progress sets.

Those are my highlights of living and working in Manchester - would you have suggested something else?

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