Manchester’s Digital Strategy

23rd February 2021, 5:54 pm

Find out more about the digital strategy for our city, and make sure you have your say by visiting:

This strategy aims to get positive, active commitment from the whole city – digital businesses, the Council and universities, and all stakeholders and partners, including our residents – to ‘make a digital difference’. That means embracing and applying digital technology to everything that makes our city work, in ways that will transform the many aspects of the city that make us uniquely Manchester.

We want this ‘digital difference’ to:

  • Focus on ‘smart people’, building each resident’s digital skills, capacities and aspirations so they play an active and fulfilling role in the digital world
  • Provide and sustain jobs, skills and prosperity in a more resilient and inclusive city economy
  • Put technology at the service of people – making it about wider human attributes like wellbeing, happiness and livability – as it improves services, communication and engagement
  • Help us thrive and grow to inclusive, post-pandemic recovery.

We think

Manchester is at a critical point in our digital transformation journey.

We see

An urgent need to move forward – with all our partners, in a much more joined-up way than ever.

We know

That it is important for Manchester to become a leading smart city – with a new overall plan that ties together our commitment to ‘smart people’, digital places and future prosperity.

Our city already has a very strong digital sector and ‘ecosystem’ — a talent pool already central to the city ‘s economic success, with great potential to grow further. We won’t sit still on this – we will build on it to lead the next wave of progress.

We see this strategy as that new, dynamic way forward.

Get involved

Get involved with our Digital Strategy We’re looking for your views on Manchester’s draft digital strategy for creating an inclusive, sustainable and resilient ‘smart city’ over the next 5 years, and a world-leading digital city within the decade.

Print copies of the draft Digital Strategy are available on request and you can also comment on or discuss the Strategy with us at

We’d also love to include examples of good work already happening in Manchester so please e-mail us to share your case studies.

If you’d like to know more, we can host online workshops during March for interested organisations and groups – email your details and we’ll get back to you to arrange.

The feedback and engagement stage ends on Friday 26 March 2021.

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