Manchester: towards a just city

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Co-organised with CLES and New Economy Manchester

Urban Forums, a series of panel discussions on contemporary challenges facing cities.

Date: Tuesday 18th June

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm followed by drinks

Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY

Manchester like many cities at present suffers from growing divisions, inequality and poverty. The Council has cut jobs and reduced services, while the centre of the city and surrounding retail high streets are blighted with a growing number of empty store fronts. With house prices stagnant or falling and unemployment levels across Greater Manchester continuing to rise, it is unclear what can be done to improve the living conditions of the local area. Some analysts point to the possibilities for job growth from the creative industries and financial services sectors, but these opportunities remain as yet unrealised. In this research forum we bring together a number of stakeholders to explore where Manchester is now, the challenges it faces and what it needs to do to become more at ease with itself and more socially just.


  • Chair: Adam Leaver, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
  • Allison Foreman, Project Development Coordinator, Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service
  • John Holden, Deputy Director of Research, New Economy Manchester
  • Clive Memmott, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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