The smart money is moving to Manchester

Over the past 20 years Manchester has changed radically. Today, the fastest-growing city in the UK is the largest economic centre after London (Centre for Cities).

Average London house prices will fall by 2% next year according to Savills.

Investors are moving away from London and into Manchester, attracted by lower prices, stronger yields and higher capital growth.

Why Manchester?

In 2018, Manchester is a world-class city and the largest UK economic hub after the capital, offering people a great place to live and work and a fantastic environment for business, culture and the arts.

Manchester's city centre population has risen fivefold in just 15 years, from only 100,000 in 2000 to 559,500 in 2017 (Manchester City Council). The rapid population growth is expected to continue over the next 10 years, with the city centre expected to be home to more than 800,000 people by 2024 (JLL, 2017).


Of the population is under 30 (ONS)

Growth is happening, and it's yet to peak

Manchester's current housing stock has a 95% occupancy rate (Deloitte), with 9,000 new homes required each year to meet demand (Rightmove), of which only 2,500 are currently being delivered.

According to research by JLL in 2017, two thirds of the Manchester city centre population were private renters (30% more than the national average) who were predominantly young professionals and new graduates, which is why rental property is being snapped up faster than it can be provided.

They predict a house price growth of 28.2% in the next five years for Manchester, compared to 13.1% on average in the rest of the UK. Rental growth, too, is predicted to rise by around 3-4% per year, over the same period, up 20.5% by 2021.

The city is home to four well renowned universities which provide education for nearly 100,000 students, with 70% of graduates currently choosing to remain in the city after graduation. (Manchester's State of the City Report 2016)

With house prices growing and an ever-increasing workforce, demand for rental property in Manchester, especially in the city centre, is at an all-time high - not only from tenants but investors looking to purchase in the city.




Increase in rental growth by 2021, predicted by JLL

The UK's fastest-growing city

Manchester is the strongest economic city in the North of England, and generated £59.6bn of gross value added (GVA) in 2015, an amazing 30.2% growth in just 10 years. (ONS)

With its central location and its superb infrastructure, Manchester is ideally located close to both the UK's and Europe's business centres, with great road and rail links, plus the third busiest airport in the UK (CAA).

The driving factor behind Greater Manchester's economic growth has been the rapid, large-scale expansion of its private sector, in particular financial and professional services, with around 320,000 people employed in these sectors.

Unprecedented investment is pouring in to the heart of the city centre and its surrounding areas

£1.5bn Manchester Life Project — funded by The Abu Dhabi United Group
£800m NOMA redevelopment scheme — the largest development project in North West England
£650m at Media City — home to the BBC, Kellogg's & ITV Granada amongst many others
£800m Manchester Airport expansion — already the UK's third busiest airport
£1.5bn Spinningfields development scheme
£650m New Bailey businesses development scheme
£110m Greengate development — joining the city centre with Salford
£500m Piccadilly regeneration, in anticipation of HS2
£1bn Northern Gateway redevelopment scheme, creating a massive new residential area beyond Victoria Station
Castlefield Locks redevelopment
First Street development, Manchester's newest hotspot
Middlewood Locks — an exciting new waterside neighbourhood

"Manchester city centre is severely starved of supply which in turn is pushing price growth. We have seen increased levels of international investor interest over the course of 2017 and expect this to continue during 2018 and onwards. Both UK and international investors are increasingly turning their attention away from the traditional hotspot of London towards Manchester, buoyed by more favourable capital and rental growth."

(JLL, 2017)

If you're not thinking about Manchester, you should be

Huge population growth

459% increase since 2000 (Manchester City Council)

Huge investment

£8.9 billion

Price growth

28.2% in the next five years (JLL)

Rental growth

20.5% by 2021 (JLL)


Average 5.1% net yield — huge for a major city centre, as London landlords will testify.

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