The IMF may have downgraded the growth forecasts for the UK economy this week but we are still pretty upbeat on prospects for Manchester and the City region in the years ahead. Manchester Airport Group initiated the £1 billion expansion plan, ambitious plans for more skyscrapers for the city were announced this week and confirmation of the HS2 plans for the North were also confirmed.
The Economics of Greater Manchester is the theme of our newsnight style Conference in October. We will be examining the prospects for growth in the city region, the challenge of balancing the books in the age of austerity and how Manchester can fund the ambitious plans for transport, housing and infrastructure in the years ahead.
Anthony Light, Director of Oxford Economics, will be with us to discuss the latest forecasts produced for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Oxford Economics manage the Greater Manchester Economic Model. Together with New Economy, they are responsible for developing the forecasts for Manchester over the next three years and beyond.
Held on the 13th October at the Hilton Deansgate, hosted by pro-manchester Chief Executive and author of The Saturday Economist John Ashcroft. The conference will bring together leading experts and influencers in the world of economics for a day of insight, analysis and debate in this fast-paced news style event.