Chapter Chairwoman Annette Borén on Brexit and the opportunities in Manchester

25 July 2019

Annette Borén

No signs of Brexit in Manchester

There is a strong construction boom in Manchester. Wherever I drive in the city centre there is a crane, no matter what window I look out from in our head office in Trafford Park, I see several cranes.

My Chapter, Manchester, is known as the highest-ranked British city after London. Manchester is successfully maintaining the status of a metropolitan borough and city, and there are no signs of Brexit.

Greater Manchester is the second largest urban area with a population of 2.55 million,
350 000 students and 4.6 billion in total construction value going on right now. Manchester has clearly established itself as one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. Construction output in the North West is ten times the national average. With creative, media and tech occupiers leading the major office deals, there’s also a growing diversity in Manchester’s job market. This is set to impact positively on tourism this year and will no doubt cement Manchester’s position as a location of choice for global businesses.

There is also a £1 billion investment to transform Manchester Airport into a world class operation with significant enhancements to current facilities and major improvements to customer experience. Looking ahead, new direct services between Manchester Airport, and, among others,Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and Mumbai, are an indicator of this city’s growing international connectivity. In addition, a total of nine new hotels are under construction: four of these schemes are within the city core, the rest just outside the core. Again, I see no signs of Brexit.

The Northern Chapter of the SCC is located in Manchester and opened in the 1990s. The Chapter is one of four alongside the Humber, Midlands and Northeastern Chapters. Annette Borén, Head of Finance at Hilti, was appointed the Chapter’s Chairwoman in 2016.

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