Manchester highlighted as emerging data centre hub in new report
Press Release by Kao Data Wed 24 Jan 2024
Kao Data has unveiled a new report emphasising how Greater Manchester is growing as a data centre and tech hub, coinciding with the announcement of their £350 million ($446.3 million) facility in Stockport.
Manchester’s Tech Revolution and Data Centre Expansion
The report, titled ‘Investing in Data Centres: Why Greater Manchester?’, reveals the strategic importance of the region in the UK’s tech landscape.
With 80% of the UK’s data centre power currently concentrated around the M25 region, particularly West London and Slough, the move to Greater Manchester represents a shift in the nation’s computing infrastructure.
The city-region, now the second most connected in the UK, is set to alleviate the data centre bottleneck around London and meet the rising demand in AI and other advanced technologies.
Greater Manchester offers unique connectivity opportunities and requires new infrastructure to support its rapidly expanding economy.
The region is home to 10,000 digital and tech firms, and in 2022, tech firms in the city-region raised £532 million ($677.8 million). Data centres form the foundational bedrock required for such tech clusters to grow and thrive.
“There has never been a better moment to invest in data centres, and no better place than Greater Manchester,” said Spencer Lamb, CCO at Kao Data.
Catalysing Tech Growth in the North West
Kao Data’s planned 40MW facility in Stockport is poised to be the north of England’s largest and most sustainable data centre. This facility is expected to create jobs and cater to the growing tech talent nurtured in the area, where over 69,000 tech roles were advertised in 2022.
Lamb also shared his excitement about the region’s potential: “The city-region chose us as much as we chose it. This is the home of outstanding innovation on an unprecedented scale – the birthplace of modern computing thanks to Alan Turing’s pioneering work – and it needs a next generation computing platform to sustain its thundering momentum.”
The Kao Data report showcases why Greater Manchester is the next critical destination for data centres beyond London, highlighting the impact this investment will have on the North West’s journey to becoming a top destination for tech companies in the UK.