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Economic Baseline

A full economic baseline study has been completed for the Manchester City Region. This provides a detailed and balanced assessment of both the strengths and challenges facing the economy and labour market. The baseline will be updated as more recent data becomes available.  Themes covered in the baseline include:

  • An overview of recent key economic trends at national, regional and sub-regional level;
  • The structure and performance of the business base;
  • The supply and demand for labour and skills;
  • A summary of the MCR’s offer in terms of the key infrastructure and cultural assets

Unit 1: Economic Context

This provides a summary of the world, national and regional economic context, exploring previous economic trends as well as providing forecasts for growth over the next decade.

Reports & Data

Unit 1: Economic Content (doc, 1Mb)


Unit 2: Business, Enterprise and Innovation

This report identifies and analyses the current strengths and weaknesses of the Manchester City Region’s business base and the factors determining business competitiveness in the conurbation.

Reports & Data

Unit 2: Business Base (doc, 11Mb)


Unit 3: People

This report examines issues that contribute to the labour market competitiveness of the Manchester City Region, including a review and analysis of the supply and demand for labour and skills.

Reports & Data

Unit 3: People (doc, 12Mb)


Unit 4: Critical Infrastructure and Place

This report examines the MCR’s offer in terms of the key infrastructure assets including cultural and tourism assets, the property market offer and communications and transport infrastructure.

Reports & Data

Unit 4: Place (doc, 6Mb)