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Key facts about the area


MTVN is broadcast from the Winter Hill transmitter, the principal transmitter for the North East region. Freeview viewers in the Greater Manchester area will already be receiving transmissions from Winter Hill.

Many viewers will not need to re-tune to pick up new services (set-top box dependent).

Following recent antenna upgrade works carried out by Entertainment Television Limited, MTVN now reaches approximately 1 million homes (*source: transmitter planning analysis and 2011 Census data on household occupancy).

MTN coverage from Winter Hill © Arqiva Services Ltd. 2014.

Greater Manchester


The population of Greater Manchester grew by 7.2% (183,100) between mid-2004 and mid-2014. Manchester local authority saw its population grow by 16.9% (+75,300) between 2004 and 2014 to 520,215 – a growth rate more than double the UK as a whole over the same period (7.8%). Greater Manchester has the largest travel-to-work area of any conurbation in the UK outside of London, with 7 million people living within one hour’s drive of the city centre.

Source: Office for National Statistics, 2011 Census, MIDAS, DCLG


20% of Greater Manchester’s population belong to a non-White British ethnic group, of which Pakistanis are the largest ethnic group.

14.4% of the population in the city of Manchester are Asian, a little under 75,000 people.

7.1% of the population of Greater Manchester are Asian, a little under 195,000 people.

18% (just over 40,000 households) in the City of Manchester include somebody for whom English is not their main language.

4.4% (just over 55,500 households) in Greater Manchester have no one who speaks English as their first language. In the city of Manchester this percentage rises to 10.3%. (just under 23,000 households).


Manchester has a growing economy and as such is ranked as a “beta city” by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

The Greater Manchester economy generates £56 billion of gross value added (GVA) on an annual basis (e.g. £56 billion of real value produced in the economy, like national GDP), higher than the GVA of the North East (£45 billion), West Yorkshire (£46 billion), Merseyside (£27 billion), and accounting for nearly 40% of GVA in the North West.

There are 1.4 million people working in Greater Manchester in around 105,000 businesses.

Around 110,000 additional jobs are forecast within Greater Manchester for the period 2014–24 by the Greater Manchester Economic Forecasting Model (GMFM).

GVA is forecast by GMFM to rise by 2.8% per year between 2014 and 2024 – in line with the UK figure and above the North West annual rise of 2.6% – increasing to more than £72 billion by the end of this period.

Around 13.1% of people 16-64 in Greater Manchester and in employment are self-employed.

Source: Business Register & Employment Survey, Inter-Departmental Business Register, Office for National Statistics, New Economy

Key Sectors

Outside of London, Greater Manchester is the UK’s main centre for the Business, Financial & Professional Services sector, employing 324,000 people and generating £16.2 billion of GVA annually. Key companies include Co-op Banking Group, RBS and BNY Mellon.

Health & Social Care sector employs 177,000 people generating annual GVA of £4.2 billion. Assets include The Christie and the UK Biobank.

Greater Manchester has one of the largest creative and digital clusters in the UK, employing 63,500 people and generating GVA of £3.1 billion each year. Key assets include Media City UK (home of the BBC & ITV) and The Sharp Project.

Education sector employs 115,900 people, and creating annual GVA of £3.7 billion.

Manufacturing as a whole employs nearly one-in-ten residents in Greater Manchester (123,000). Around 54,000 people are working in advanced manufacturing, which generates £3.9 billion of GVA every year. Key companies include NXP, Siemens and Holroyd.

Employing 18,100 people and generating annual GVA of £0.33 billion, the Sports sector features big clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City, The area is home to major sporting companies such as Adidas and Umbro and national organisations such as British Cycling.

Source: Greater Manchester Forecasting Model, Visit Manchester, New Economy


There are 1.15 million international visitors to Greater Manchester every year.

Manchester is the UK’s third most popular city for international visits, after London and Edinburgh.
Manchester Airport handles nearly 22 million passengers per year and offers direct flights to over 200 destinations worldwide.

Source: Visit Manchester, New Economy


Greater Manchester has 274 schools which educate children at a secondary level. Of these 41 are independent schools.

Greater Manchester has one of the largest student populations in Europe. There are around 96,200 people studying at five Higher Education Institutions, of which 17,500 are international students.

There are more than 20 universities within one hour’s drive of Greater Manchester, with over 400,000 students.

The University of Manchester is one of 11 UK universities in the top 100 globally.

There are 10 Further Education colleges, 11 sixth form colleges and over 50 work-based learning providers in the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network, providing education and training for over 70,000 young people across Greater Manchester.

Source: Department for Education, New Economy, HESA


Manchester has been voted the best city to live in the UK in the 2013 Global Liveability Survey.

The average house in GM cost £111,700 in September 2015, an increase of 3.8% (£4,000) on the figure 12 months previously. Trafford and Stockport had the highest average house prices in GM. All districts recorded annual increases in house prices between September 2014 and September 2015.

House sales in GM grew by 7.3% between July 2014 and July 2015. This percentage change is higher than found in the North West and nationally.

The levels of private renting across GM increased by just over 62% between 2001 and 2011, now accounting for 16% of all households. This increase in the level of private renting has been particularly pronounced in Manchester, increasing by 85%, accounting for over 28% of households.

Source: Land Registry, Department for Communities & Local Government, Census - 2001 & 2011