We were appointed by Manchester City Council to prepare a report on the benefits of Manchester as a location for the film and television sector.
Our study identified that Greater Manchester has a comparative advantage in a number of digital content and ICT subsectors when employment levels are compared to those in Great Britain (excluding London). It also identified particular employment specialisms in motion picture, video & TV production, TV programming and broadcasting activities and wireless telecommunications activities. The study also identified significant employment growth in the sector over the period to 2025, with major local drivers being the Sharp Project and Media City in Salford, which have attracted employees to relocate from London, increased the number of opportunities for Greater Manchester residents and locally based businesses, and created localised hubs of activity.
The study also found that a number of issues are of particular relevance in attracting film and television companies to particular locations. These include: the availability of larger studios; increased height of studios and workshops; the availability of space for, for example, workshops and offices; the availability of backlot space for the building of substantial sets; facilities for more expansive and elaborate set design; and transport links.
We prepared a final report for the client which set out the strengths and weaknesses of the area in relation to the sector. Overall, our report indicated rising demand for employment space in the sector, although in the target area there were capacity constraints as a result of the limited supply of suitable accommodation.