The Skills and Growth Company delivers a programme of promotional activity to encourage and secure new investment from business looking to relocate or expand, and secure financial investment in key infrastructure and assets to create high value jobs.

Activity is targeted on companies most likely to make an impact on the GVA output of the area likely to support the creation of new high value jobs.  The approach also recognises the importance of building relationships with intermediaries and the influence they can bear on investment decisions with a particular focus on working closely with the property agents and UK Trade and Investment.  The Skills and Growth Company delivers a package of support to de-risk the investment process for companies relocating to the area.  This includes assistance with suitable premises, training and recruitment, promoting the investment and identifying the right customers.

Welcome to the knowledge economy

Location is everything… never more so than for your business. In Cheshire East you’ll find the ideal mix of a world-class asset base and an area recognised as the best place to live in the North West.

Cheshire East is the very definition of a dynamic knowledge economy: we’re at the heart of a region with one of the largest science and technology clusters in the UK, and an economy out-performing the UK’s growth by 25%. Our centres of excellence include Jodrell Bank, the home of astrophysics, and Alderley Park – now the Manchester Science Parks BioHub, one of Europe’s leading life science research facilities. Our rich culture of innovation and research stretches from antibiotic resistance to cancer drug development and from luxury car manufacturing to cutting edge financial technology. Our talent pool is equally impressive. With a significantly higher proportion of our 185,000 workforce already in skilled scientific, technical, financial and manufacturing roles than elsewhere in the UK, our businesses collaborate in globally important research and development across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Little wonder, then, that Cheshire East attracts some of the world’s biggest businesses alongside pioneering start-ups.

More information on our Business Investment Brochure [PDF – 2,004kb]

  • 21.8% – Higher GVA per head than UK average
  • 2,430 New businesses started in 2014
  • 20,000 SME’s in Cheshire East
  • 50% of workforce in high-skills jobs
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