The Manchester Enterprise Zone is designed to make it even more conducive to success – and Airport City sits at its heart.

The Enterprise Zone has been identified by the Government as an Economic Development Area. Businesses within it will benefit from a range of incentives, such as simplified planning and business rates relief.

An Enterprise Zone is a Government support area, specially allocated for business. They are designed to support new and existing businesses by offering incentives. There are currently 24 Enterprise Zones in England.

The Manchester Enterprise Zone offers reductions in Business Rates, Superfast Broadband and an accelerated planning system so that developments can happen quicker. By locating your business at Airport City Manchester, you can claim up to 100% Business Rates relief (worth up to £275,000) over a 5-year period.

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We’re excited about the prospect of Airport City, and pleased that the Enterprise Zone status has allowed it to move forward at a quicker pace. Manchester Airport is already an economic growth area and we look forward to seeing the first buildings and companies announced. This is a long term project for the North West and I’m pleased to see so many partners working together to make it a success.

George Osborne
Chancellor of the Exchequer

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