Mark Adair

£20m investment boost to Northern Powerhouse region

Omnicom-owned management and technology consulting firm Credera to launch brand new in-house graduate programme in Manchester to create a talent pipeline for their future engineering and consulting roles.

150 graduates will be recruited over 3 years, to the investment value of £20m The UK is fourth in the world for tech investment at $40.8bn, having achieved a record year in 2021.

Manchester will benefit from a £20m investment thanks to Credera, a global consulting firm with a strong US and UK presence, who will be creating 150 jobs in Manchester for university graduates looking to kickstart their career in management and technology consulting.

Graduate engineers will join Credera and undergo an intensive three-month training programme, covering a wide range of technical subjects including software development, user interface development, cloud infrastructure, and data analytics.

The grad scheme follows the opening of Credera’s Manchester office in Summer 2020 as part of a strategic investment into the North of England. The Department for International Trade’s Northern Powerhouse team assisted Credera in its Manchester investment through introductions to important stakeholders from universities to major industry groups.

Chris Dean, CEO of Credera UK said, “with a proven track record for innovation, development, and with a reputation for being a great place to work, Manchester was a clear choice for Credera when we opened our doors there back in 2020,” said Chris Dean,

CEO at Credera UK. “The city has a wealth of creative talent in the technology industry fuelled by five major universities, making it a strong base to launch our new graduate programme.”

Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, said: “Credera’s investment is significant in helping us realise our ambition to create high quality job opportunities in Greater Manchester.”

The Department for International Trade is committed to securing inward investment into the UK. Figures from 2020-2021 which show that, during that time, Foreign Direct Investment projects created over 4,000 new jobs in the North West. This is testament to our ambitions to level up the UK and create more highly skilled jobs across the country.

And just last month, EY’s recent Annual Attractiveness Survey saw Manchester level with Edinburgh as the top location for foreign direct investment outside of London. Investment also plays an important role in the department’s trade deals as they influence the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for international investment.

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