Salford has an established and growing business base, comprising almost 12,765 companies, employing 137,000 people as of 2021, making it the fourth largest local business base in Greater Manchester. Salford’s growing business base has helped to support major growth in local employment adding approximately 15,000+ additional jobs in the past five years.
Salford’s economic growth has been driven by sector diversity and growing specialisation in recent years. Sector specialisms are emerging such as advanced manufacturing and specialised materials, AI and robotics and immersive technology.
This growth has been driven by the investment in Salford’s strategic growth areas, namely City Centre Salford, MediaCityUK and the Western Gateway, which combined have the potential to create an additional 40,000 jobs over the next two decades.
Salford’s business community is predominately made up of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which account for 90% of the business base. However a number of large firms have also made Salford its home including:
BBC, BUPA, CGI, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, ITV, Kellogg Group, Moorepay, Swinton Insurance, TalkTalk Group plus many more.
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