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Business School to investigate growth in city

Published: 26th October 2005

BUSINESS analysts at Manchester Metropolitan University have added their weight to a US-inspired economic plan to stimulate growth and regeneration in the city.

Experts at MMU Business School have been appointed by 'Manchester: Knowledge Capital' to undertake a regeneration experiment called City Growth Strategy (CGS).

CGS puts the private sector not government at the heart of regeneration, a method proven in the US to create a more long term and sustainable change.

South Manchester is among the ten areas across England chosen for a pilot scheme in CGS which will focus on so-called ‘clusters’ of business activity. Three clusters in the Manchester scheme are Creative & Media, Bio-Sciences and Financial & Professional Services.

The Centre for Enterprise at MMU Business School is a leading centre for research in enterprise and has experts in small business needs and cultures and in relations between small and large businesses.

Clare Schofield of the Centre said: ““The aim of the project is to place business at the heart of regeneration, which is believed will increase the possibility of creating long term and sustainable change in inner cities.”

One arm of the work will look at how local businesses can make better use of local supply chains.

To help raise awareness of procurement opportunities within and beyond the CGS areas, the Centre for Enterprise is hosting three information sharing seminars at the Business School in Aytoun Street, Central Manchester, starting tomorrow October 27 (Creative & Media), November 2 (Financial and Professional Services) and November 9 (Bio-Life Sciences).

To find out more about the project or to book a place at any of the seminars please
contact Clare Schofield on 0161 247 3871 or e-mail at