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Case Study 1

To meet growing demand for its range of services, DHL has located a major new facility at Airport City South, becoming the first business to locate at the flagship Enterprise Zone development. The global logistics company has taken occupation of a brand new and bespoke facility totalling 37,308 sq ft.

Constructed in less than 9 months, the new DHL Service Point offers international services including a drop-off and collection of goods for delivery overseas, with local businesses and residents bene tting from a parcel drop-off and pick-up point. It has the most ef cient operational processes and equipment and is armed with the latest technology and up to date MHE. It has also achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating, demonstrating Airport City Manchester’s commitment to environmental development.

Our investment in this state of the art facility reflects the demand for British-made goods overseas. As the region's economy goes from strength to strength, this new facility will serve to enhance DHL's competitive logistical performance due to its strategic location, state of the art features and best in class handling processes.

The location of the hub within the Enterprise Zone will support future export opportunities for small businesses in the region, allowing British businesses to get their product to international markets with even greater speed and reliability

Phil Couchman
CEO, DHL Express, UK & Ireland


Case Study 2

Online retailer Amazon has taken 654,000 sq ft of space in the form of a logistics warehouse with mezzanine floor at Airport City Manchester. In October 2016 Amazon took ownership of the ‘BREEAM Very Good’ rated property which sits within the Global logistics development in the Enterprise Zone.

The new Amazon site has created 1,900 new permanent jobs. At peak times around Christmas the seasonal temporary workers increase this figure to 3,000 jobs. Over 250 roles were filled by local

Greater Manchester residents who were specifically trained for the Amazon opportunities. Amazon were assisted by local partners who delivered a large scale pre-recruitment drive which, attracted nearly 1000 GM residents to local recruitment events. The partners also supported 500 people through a tailored training programme that helped them compete for jobs. Over 320 were offered jobs with Amazon, with 70% of those having already started work. This conversion rate compares favourably with the 25% that Amazon usually experience when undertaking their own direct recruitment.

The news that Amazon has created 1,900 jobs at Airport City is tremendous for Wythenshawe and Greater Manchester as a whole. This development shows how attractive a location close to the airport, with its extensive connections and access to an appropriately skilled labour force, is for occupiers who require a global reach.

Sir Richard Leese
Leader of Manchester City Council

Sherwin Williams

Case Study 3

US coatings company Sherwin-Williams – owner of the household wood stain brand Ronseal in Sheffield, Leighs Paints in Bolton, and Geocel in Plymouth – opened their European headquarters at MAG Property’s Voyager building in Manchester’s Enterprise Zone.

The company assessed a number of alternative locations for their new European headquarters, and the benefits of Airport City – particularly its USP of unrivalled international connectivity – gave Manchester the competitive edge. This is a great example of a company choosing to reinvest in Greater Manchester having borne witness to the numerous exciting developments taking place here.

The headquarters houses the company’s corporate support functions, including finance, legal, sales and marketing creating 60 new jobs, adding to the 650 plus people Sherwin-Williams already employs in their UK production sites.

After a lengthy and thorough review of a number of European cities, it became very clear to our management team that Manchester offered the best in quality of life, business climate, connectivity, and real estate options in which to locate our European regional corporate headquarters.

The team at MIDAS was invaluable in helping us through the site location process and providing timely and in-depth market information. The selection of the Voyager House at Manchester Airport as our regional corporate headquarters has put us in an excellent position our company to best serve our customers.

Richard M. Weaver
Vice President Administration
The Sherwin Williams Company


Case Study 4

Todaytec, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of thermal transfer ribbons (TTR), opened their European operations office in Manchester Enterprise Zone. Todaytec is in its fourteenth year of trading, and has become globally renowned for providing barcode ribbons. Operating from two factory locations, Todaytec exports its products to over 60 countries worldwide. The new European headquarters will focus on strategic business expansion and improved customer support.

The directors of the company, based in Hangzhoo in Eastern China, were keen to open a UK and European base in the north of England.

They chose Manchester Enterprise Zone after receiving support from the city’s inward investment agency, MIDAS and UK Trade & Investment.

Manchester is a great city, with excellent global connections. We have many clients in the UK and Europe, so it made sense for us to open our European operation here.

Manchester offers a low setup cost and possesses excellent infrastructure which includes a robust transport network, a strong business community and rich talent pool. Manchester Enterprise Zone is easy to access with very good quality facilities and a competitive price.

With so many high-growth, entrepreneurial and inspirational companies who fit into our target client list we couldn’t think of a better location to base our customer service team.

Jack Liu
Director of International Business