Creative & Media

Manchester is recognised as one of Europe’s largest creative, digital and technology clusters and is home to a fast-growing £5 billion digital ecosystem.

Europe's largest purpose-built digital hub

Home to Europe’s largest purpose-built digital hub, MediaCityUK, and with a heritage of broadcast and media production, marketing and advertising as well as specialist skills in service design, animation, gaming, augmented and virtual realities; Manchester is a place where creativity and technology are jointly driving the next wave of innovation in the creative and media industries.

Manchester’s thriving creative, digital and technology community of more than 10,000 businesses including the BBC, Brown Bag Films, Mediacom and Dentsu Aegis. The ecosystem comprises companies at all stages, from start-ups and SMEs to global brands and homegrown unicorns that IPO above $1 billion; all of which converge and collaborate in the city’s creative, digital and media hubs.


Manchester is home to one of Europe’s largest creative, digital and tech clusters and has been leading the way in animation for more than 40 years.

Some of the world’s most highly acclaimed talent have grown within Manchester working for companies such as Mackinnon & Saunders, TT Games and Cloud Imperium. Their work is truly international and they produce content for the likes of Disney, Nickleodeon, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Lego, the BBC and Sony.

Sector Support

Get in touch with the team today to find out how we can introduce you to Manchester’s experts in our community to explore opportunities for hosting events.

Sector ambassadors

Prof Kirsty Fairclough

Interim Deputy Head of the School of Digital Arts (SODA) and Professor in Screen Studies
Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Eleanor Beal

Lecturer in English Literature
Manchester Metropolitan University