John Harris

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The great reinvention of Manchester: ‘It’s far more pleasant than London’

A median age of 29? The tallest all-steel apartment building in the UK? Actual enthusiasm on the streets? In the latest in his series of urban reports, John Harris marvels at the improbably glitzy revival of England’s second city

Jake Stainton is 23. For his sins, he grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon – but from his late teens onwards, he and a few friends began a once-monthly ritual involving a weekend drive up north, and a “proper night out” in a big city. “We did all the big places: Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield,” he tells me. “But very quickly, Manchester became our go-to place.” They were soon regular visitors, gleefully travelling up the M6, painting the town and staying at the Ibis hotel on Portland Street: “One person would pay for the room and we’d all sneak in there.”

Stainton is now a business student at Manchester Metropolitan University, with a part-time job at Shoot, a video company that operates from a centre for aspiring entrepreneurs called Innospace, full of hot-desking facilities and compact offices, and a palpable sense of go-getting optimism. As evidenced by his breathless enthusiasm for the city in which he now lives, he is also a Manchester evangelist. “I won’t be leaving after my degree,” he tells me. “The opportunities here are fantastic. They say it’s the second business hub outside London. I like the culture up here, and the people. I love the nightlife. It’s just a great city. I can’t see myself going back.”

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