A free festival is being held to celebrate the launch of Enterprise City UK, at the site of the old Granada Studios in Manchester.

The event will bring together 12 creative industries and a host of inspiring speakers, entertainment and activities to celebrate the start of the global creative, business and hospitality ‘eco-system’ – the first of its kind in the country.

Based in the thriving St. John’s area of Manchester city centre, Enterprise City UK comprises seven distinctive buildings and complexes – including Old Granada Studios and Manchester Goods Yard – all featuring a mixture of workspace, cafés, restaurants and retail.

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Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, says: “Enterprise City UK will be a place of international standing and it is a unique proposition for Manchester and the UK.

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“The launch festival in April is just the beginning of a year-round series of events and we are designing a programme of support for all businesses here, from ‘start-ups’ to ‘grown-ups’.

“What Enterprise City UK offers to our creative industries goes far beyond the physical building – we want businesses to really become part of the place and grow as it grows.

“This is what we mean by an entirely new concept of business hub, a real eco-system in which people and businesses can thrive and flourish.”

 “Enterprise City UK will be a cluster for forward-thinking companies; it is designed to be a combination of workspace and act as a central village, designed for innovative creatives and enterprising companies who care about community as much as corporate.”

Full details of the festival line-up, announcements of challenges, opportunities to sign-up to workshops, pitches and breakout sessions, and exclusive opportunities to meet guest speakers will be announced in stages over the coming weeks.

The event is on April 26 from 1pm to 10pm at Old Granada Studios.