Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United in Tech

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United in Tech

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Look around the city and it won't take long to see that Manchester is a thriving tech hub. According to new data from Yorkshire Bank, more than half (52%) of small businesses surveyed from the city in a range of sectors identified themselves as being tech-led.

"Technology is disrupting many different aspects of our lives, and it is truly revolutionising the way we work," Gavin Opperman, Group Banking Business Director at Yorkshire Bank says.

So, how can those in the business tech race stay ahead of the game? "There's careers, better living and like never Patricia Tech A Festival of Technology and Innovation event on July 2 and 3 at B Works - Yorkshire Bank's flagship SME, retail and co-working hub on Market Street - aims to answer that question.

Across two nights, the role of the North in the UK's and Europe's tech sector, environmental consciousness and the power of machinery v man will be hotly debated alongside key research.

It brings together the most pioneering tech firms and personalities in the region, including Patricia Keating, whose team at Tech Manchester work with early stage tech businesses to educate and help secure funding.

"Manchester has a large start-up rate, and a thirst for entrepreneurialism," says Patricia.

opportunity for cost of quality of life before." Keating Manchester "You just have the look at the skyline. There's more cranes and construction work going on here than the likes of LA and Atlanta."

Not only are those in the region technologically driven, they are also the most aware (56%) of their impact on the environment environment, according to Yorkshire Bank's research findings.

It's a social consciousness, Patricia adds, that is seeing many local businesses focus on little things like efficient waste disposals and intelligent lighting systems.

"Manchester is hugely socially minded. We have a big focus on social impact as a region. …

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