Mike Blackburn, Chairman of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership board, said: “The BBC’s move to MediaCityUK in Salford has had a tremendously positive impact on the Greater Manchester economy, demonstrating that the region has the talent and infrastructure to support the needs of a major broadcaster.

“A move to Salford would be good for Channel 4 and the UK, while providing a significant additional boost for the many media, creative and technology companies already enjoying global success from a base in Greater Manchester.

“By winning high profile work with international broadcasters and film producers, Greater Manchester companies, including Mackinnon & Saunders and Factory, are already flying the flag for the UK’s media and creative sector. This was demonstrated clearly by the Children’s Global Media Summit, which this month attracted high profile speakers and delegates from more than 40 countries to Manchester to discuss the future of children’s media and digital content.

“The ResPublica report provides strong evidence to support further investment into the North and we urge the Government to give it careful consideration.”

For further information go to: http://www.respublica.org.uk/our-work/publications/escape-velocity-growing-salfords-digital-creative-economy/