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Once the hub of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th Centuries; Manchester has recently seen a boom in the number of design and marketing agencies, as well as thriving green energy and aerospace industries. Furthermore, following many London based companies' decision to move their operations up the M6, the BBC has also transferred a number of operations to join an already bustling media scene.
In addition to a transformation in the city's industrial make up, the aesthetic aspect of Manchester itself has also undergone massive change, not least because a section of the city had to be rebuilt following an IRA bomb in 1996. A host of new exclusive shops, restaurants and bars sprang from the ashes in the city centre, marking a change from the city's grey and industrial image, while the new Lowry arts centre pays tribute to one of the city's best known artists and is situated within the commercial hub that is Salford Quays. The latest addition to the Manchester skyline is the stunning 47 storey Hilton - the highest residential accommodation in Western Europe - where the top storey bar offers fantastic views over the city centre and beyond.
Manchester has also long been associated with musical and sporting success: the City has produced a number of different popular artists who have shaped the popular music of today, while the classical side of things is catered for by the Hallé orchestra, the fourth oldest extant symphony orchestra in the world. In sporting terms, as well as hosting the Commonwealth games in 2002, Manchester is one of the spiritual homes of football in England, as it boasts two extremely successful, well supported and long standing football clubs in Man United and Man City, with a host of other clubs from the surrounding areas populating the Premier League.
Mancunians have long seen their home as England's second city and polls, including one by the BBC in 2007 would seem to confirm this, although no official status exists. One thing is for sure though, in terms of innovation throughout history, Manchester is certainly one of the leading lights.
Of course The Translation People's office in Manchester doesn't only serve clients from Manchester, but Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and all the other cities in the North of the country, each with their own proud industrial, musical and footballing history.
Please note that due to continued expansion,The Translation People have recently moved from their offices at Adamson House, Towers Business Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2YY to Landmark House, Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7BS.