What obstacles to growth continue to challenge the area and what changes could help Greater Manchester reach its potential?

Brock Carmichael has been a contributor to North West Business Insider’s ‘Talking Property’ section for over 18 months now. We are asked for our opinions every month on a range of topics. This was June’s. 

Chris Bolland, Managing Partner on Transport & Infrastructure

“The draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) seeks to ensure the benefits of economic growth spread across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

The capacity of transport and infrastructure networks are potential obstacles to delivering this growth, so this issue has been addressed, clearly setting out the infrastructure implications for the scale of development proposed.

The GMCA has also worked with infrastructure providers to produce Infrastructure Framework 2040 and has established a new GMCA Strategic Infrastructure Board that will oversee the development of a GM Infrastructure Strategy.

This forward planning and the close collaboration of the partner agencies will ensure that GM is better placed to provide transport and infrastructure networks that have the capacity, connectivity and resilience to meet future needs.

Plans into action will be the toughest challenge.”

Michael Cosser, Partner on Skills and Training

“The recent Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review has provided a detailed assessment of existing and future potential of the GM economy.

Amongst its findings are that skills gaps, across all age groups and compared with the rest of the UK, continue to persist. These challenges; shortages of management and digital skills, replacing an ageing workforce, etc. – affect all sectors.

Research undertaken by the University of Manchester finds that preparedness for an increasingly digital future is low and that the education and skills system will need to adapt and align faster.

The GM Independent Prosperity Review proposes a Greater Manchester Partnership for education, skills and training, based on a common vision, priorities and evidence base. This is similar to the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership. It should ensure that funding and other interventions are focused on the city region’s priorities. Let’s see.”