Manchester to host largest innovation show

Manchester to host largest innovation show

The UK’s largest multi-sector showcase of innovation is coming to Manchester in November, the first time the annual show has been held outside London.

Innovate 2016 hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK is being held at Manchester Central on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2016.

The event is expected to attract 2,500 businesses and investors, 200 speakers and 150 exhibitors. It will include an exhibition of the most cutting edge innovations from businesses across the country and inspirational keynote speeches from some of the most respected industry leaders.

Innovate UK chief executive Ruth McKernan said: “We are very excited to be taking our annual flagship innovation showcase to Manchester this year. It is part of our commitment to build on and to support innovation excellence throughout the UK.

“Innovate 2016 will be an excellent opportunity for Manchester and the whole of the North of England to showcase the strength of their innovative businesses to a national and international audience.”

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Richard Jeffery, director at Business Growth Hub who are supporting the event, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Innovate 2016 to Manchester in November. The decision to host the event outside of London for the first time acknowledges that Greater Manchester and the wider North West is home to a thriving innovative business ecosystem with new discoveries every day in digital technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.

“Our long standing partnership with Innovate UK enables our clients to harness the resources of a national innovation organisation, whilst also drawing upon home-grown knowledge from the local business and research community. Innovate 2016 and Venturefest Manchester are just two examples of what this collaboration can achieve.”