BusinessCloud’s 'Focus on tech scene in Manchester' event sparked huge debate on social media as a crowd of more than 100 heard how the city is "on the road to greatness".

The breakfast was held in association with recruitment agency Search at KPMG’s new offices on St Peter’s Square in the city centre.

Katie Peate, head of digital, creative and tech at Business Growth Hub, said the area was massively upbeat but warned against complacency.

One panel was made up of experts and industry leaders, with the other graced by entrepreneurs.

 Peate's message and others were trending across the region on Twitter.

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Tweets using the hashtag #mcrtech reached more than 940,000 people, and gained just shy of 2m impressions during and following the event.

Tech entrepreneurs who spoke were Danny Manu, founder, Mymanu; Jamil Khalil, CEO and founder, Wakelet; Tom Williams, co-founder, Rota; Damian Hanson, co-founder and director, Mission Labs; and Michael Howe, founding partner, Campus Capital.

Also on the panels were Tech North director Richard Gregory; Philip Piper, head of IT, digital & change for Search in England; Graham Pearce, head of TMT for KPMG in the regions; and Kerry Wright, alliances director at Purple.

You can follow the timeline of the event below.