Economy & Employment
MediaCityUK continues to regenerate Salford’s fortunes.
Salford is home to a number of major employers including;
- Talk Talk
- PZ Cussons
It is also home to the new and exciting MediaCity UK, new home to the BBC, ITV and many creative digital and media-based businesses.
As well as this growing creative, digital and media sector, Salford also has a strong professional and financial sector, and a steady manufacturing base.
Salford is becoming a sporting destination of note, with expansions planned for the new 12,000 capacity AJ Bell Stadium at Barton-under-Irwell.
Greater Manchester is recognised as one of the country’s largest economies. From 2002-12 the region’s economy grew at 2.2% above the national growth rate, whilst the population increased by 7% in a similar period. Almost half of the Top 500 businesses in the north west are based in the area.
Manchester Airport is also within easy commutable distance. The airport offers flights to over 190 world-wide destinations and handles in excess of 22 million passengers annually. It is one of the largest employers in the north-west, employing some 19,000 people directly and a further 42,400 jobs throughout the region.
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Salford has several multi-million pound projects currently underway to ensure a secure future for generations to come.
During the last five years, massive investment has been put in to new infrastructure and public realm, new homes, education and health facilities, new businesses and shops. From major developments to city parks, revitalised waterways and green spaces.
The priority has been to connect the city and its residents to the growing opportunities in and around Salford, to secure jobs and growth and to target secured investment and regeneration. As a result, more people than ever before are choosing Salford as a place to live, work, invest and visit.
Port Salford will potentially create over 1,000 jobs in the first phase, with a longer term target of around 3,100 jobs.
There is also the £26 million AJ Bell Stadium, along with its future associated developments.
Other developments include the Greengate Square, which is set to be the catalyst for £400 million in private sector investment.
The revitalisation of key areas along Chapel Street and the riverside corridors of the Bridgewater Canal and the River Irwell.
Additionally there is a £650 million scheme to transform Pendleton underway, creating 1,500 new homes, 1,300 homes modernised and 500 new jobs.
Air: Manchester Airport is only 20 minutes by road from Salford. With 2 runways and 3 terminals, it handles 20 million passengers a year.
Rail: Salford Central and Salford Crescent are the two main rail stations that serve the city. There are a further seven smaller stations on three main lines, these offer services to Wigan, Liverpool and beyond. A quick journey to Manchester Piccadilly will connect you with the rest of the UK’s rail network.
Road: No less than four major motorways pass through the city. These are the M62 from Liverpool to Leeds, the M602 from Salford to Manchester, the M61 from Bolton and the M60 Manchester Orbital, providing ample connections to the UK’s road network.
Bus: First Group and Arriva operate a comprehensive schedule of services throughout the region and beyond.
Tram: The Metrolink tram runs from Eccles to Manchester, and on to Bury and Altrincham. Regular services run throughout the day.
There are a great many schools within the Salford area, including over 70 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, 4 special school and 4 independent schools.
Notable schools include:
The Bridgewater School is an independent co-educational school catering for pupils from the age of 3 to 18. Located in a delightful semi-rural setting of Drywood Hall in Worsley.
Salford City College in Dronfield Road provides the majority of the further education in the city, it caters for over 5,000 students from the ages of 16 and above.
Around 20,000 students attend the University of Salford. This public research university is situated in 60 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Irwell. In October 2011, the university opened a learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK, thus enabling over 1,500 students to have opportunities to work near media professionals using the latest industry specified equipment, studios and laboratories across 39 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Shops & Leisure
Shopping & Dining: There is more than enough to tempt the shoppers and diners of the region, with ample retail locations, from quaint independent side-street boutiques, through to high street names, and designer outlets. Grenache restaurant in Walkden has superb reviews.
Sport & Culture: Whether you are interested in swimming, the gym, exercise classes or playing in a team, Salford has something for you. With a huge range of sport to play on either a social or competitive basis. Discover the industrial heritage of picturesque Worsley, spectacular gallery exhibitions with stimulating art, recording studios and unique goods you can buy at Islington Mill, a former cotton spinning mill, home to over 50 artist and designer studios.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery features a Victorian street bursting with relics from the past. Discover Salford’s history by taking a cruise along Bridgewater Canal, or take a trip to the Quays to see art at the The Lowry or learn about the past in the Imperial War Museum.
Green Spaces: Salford contains a rich and diverse range of parks and open spaces with over 60% of the city being made up of green spaces. This includes over 30 parks and recreational grounds, two country parks and five local nature reserves.