Doing business in Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe is home to 3,291 businesses (Experian: January 2017) and 55,000 jobs (including 22,000 at the airport and 5,000 at UHSM (Wythenshawe Hospital). There are several industrial estates and business parks, and many blue-chip companies have sites in Wythenshawe such as Virgin Media, Amazon, PZ Cussons and Microsoft.
Manchester Airport, located in Wythenshawe, is the global gateway to the north of England. Every year the airport handles around 19 million passengers using over 60 airlines flying direct to around 200 destinations. With around 22,000 people employed directly on-site, the airport's growth is shared by our city and the whole region.
Investment in business areas continues with local plans guiding development for West Wythenshawe, Northenden Village, and Wythenshawe town centre. Airport City Manchester will create more than 16,000 new jobs over the next 10 years with phase 1 construction currently underway.
The Airport Line brings frequent trams directly from Manchester city centre and main line rail stations to Manchester Airport in 45 minutes. The proximity of the motorway network, and extensive bus and cycle routes make Wythenshawe an accessible location for businesses and their employees.
Wythenshawe has efficient motorway and main road links to Manchester city centre (six miles away), Warrington, Liverpool, Stockport and Trafford. The M56/M60 motorway network is accessible from both Wythenshawe and Northenden junctions.
The 10km Manchester Airport Relief Road bypass, designed to ease congestion and link the A6 in Hazel Grove in Stockport to the M56 via the A555, opened in 2018. It provides improved connectivity for key strategic routes into the north west and to Manchester Airport, including traffic from the A6, A523 and A34 – all of which are key routes for business, leisure travel and freight from Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and beyond.
It also incorporates a new segregated pedestrian and cycle route adjacent to the new road providing a new link for the strategic cycle/pedestrian network to improve non-car commuting and leisure use.
Business support & networks
BW3 is an organisation of likeminded businesses working together to improve the lives of those in the community and create a better future, while supporting the economic regeneration of Wythenshawe.
The Enterprise Centre provides affordable all-inclusive rentable office space to new and existing Wythenshawe businesses and offers business advice and support to local people.
Business Growth Hub works with ambitious businesses that want to increase their profitability, share their experiences, boost their profile, find partners and create business growth.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce provides business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of sector-based membership services and networking opportunities.
Manchester Growth Company helps to generate hundreds of millions worth of investment and growth in the north-west, working in partnership with businesses and individuals to boost the economic prospects of people and place.
Handbags & Briefcases is a business support and networking group for women in south Manchester, catering for entrepreneurial, self-employed women who have a passion to succeed.