Why Greater Manchester

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This is the place where history is made

A place of originality and invention. A place at the heart of the industrial revolution, that started the co-operative movement, created the computer and was the home of the suffragettes. This is the place that has always been confident, creative and full of character. A place with a proud past and a progressive future. It’s the ideal place for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust to lay its roots and call home.

It’s the perfect place for you to live and work too. Perhaps you live local and are already familiar with our many Mancunian delights. But, for the unfamiliar, here’s a brief taste of what you can expect.


You can’t see it, but you can feel it. Greater Manchester has a charm, an energy and a warmth about it. It’s no coincidence that Manchester has been voted one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides readers. Something you’ll quickly experience for yourself.


The Manchester and Greater Manchester property market is booming. So, whether you’re interested in city centre living with all the attractions of shopping, eating and nightlife on your doorstep or a more suburban base, this Northern region has got it all. House prices are significantly lower than London too. Plus, there are excellent schools, green spaces and transport links – what’s not to like?

Transport links

Wherever you are in Greater Manchester, you’re not too far away from a cycle lane, bus or tram stop, train station, motorway or airport. The coast and the countryside are around an hour away by car, London is a two-hour train ride away and you could even fly to Barcelona in 2.5 hours.


If you’re into sport, either watching or playing, Manchester’s the place for you. Not only are we home the two premiership football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. We’ve some of the best rugby union sides like Sale Sharks and host international cricket at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. If you’d like to get active yourself, there’s the National Cycling Centre, tennis, squash and athletics facilities at Sportcity, plus many more local gyms and clubs.

Eating and drinking

Manchester is a melting pot of gastronomic delights with food to suit all tastes and budgets. We’ve the biggest Chinatown in the UK outside of London and ‘curry mile’ in nearby Rusholme. In the city centre there’s an eclectic mix of dining options. And, from the trendy independents in the Northern Quarter to the swanky big players in Spinningfields there’ll be something to suit you.


If you’re up for a spending spree, you’ve come to the right spot. Market Street is a fabulous destination for any shopping trip and the place where you can access the famous Arndale Centre. Nearby Exchange Square is home to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, while you’ll find designer boutiques at Spinningfields and plenty of quirky independents in the Northern Quarter. And only a short bus ride or drive away is the Trafford Centre, the second largest shopping centre in the UK.

Out of the City

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are lots of green spaces and countryside for you to explore. From woodland walks to windswept moors, wildlife habitats to water sports, Bury’s countryside delivers the very best nature has to offer. There are an abundance of open spaces and parks for everyone to enjoy. Beautiful Burrs Country Park, lies just a mile outside of Bury town centre, with Two Brooks Valley and Chesham Woods offering even more opportunities to stretch your legs.

Just 35 minutes from the centre of Manchester, Oldham offers some spectacular and unrivalled countryside such as the stunning Dove Stone Reservoir and you mustn’t miss out on a visit to other gorgeous landmarks such as Rivington Pike or Smithills Country Park, all of which are within easy reach.


There’s more cultural activities than you could shake a stick at in central Manchester. From the Opera House and the Palace Theatre, to the Halle and the Bridgewater Hall, there are a wealth of things to do. The newest kid on the cultural block is a little outside the centre though in Media City.

Home to the likes of the BBC, ITV, Ericsson, dock10 and Kellogg’s, and complemented by more than 250 smaller media and digital businesses, it’s a focal point for nurturing the best talent around. It also hosts a wide variety of leisure activities and is a vibrant, sustainable destination to work, live and play, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. And, just a stonesthrow from Media City, along the Ship Canal is the Lowry Theatre and Arts Centre, where you can regularly watch a wide range of national plays, musical performances and ballets.

Added to which, Bury has been announced as Greater Manchester’s inaugural Town of Culture. The accolade will see £120,000 of investment into the borough in 2020, designed to aid creativity in the town by getting local people to devise or participate in cultural events. Plus there is even more investment in culture planned for Salford very soon.


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