Business locations

Trafford is the powerhouse for growth across Greater Manchester.  We are the most economically competitive area with the most talented labour pool in the North West of England.

By locating your businesses here you can take advantage of the following factors to help your business to grow:

  • A prime location – easily accessible from the M6, M60, M62 and M56 motorways as well as the Manchester Ship Canal.  We are also just a short drive from Manchester Airport.
  • A strong and established business base – over 11,000 businesses have made Trafford their home, providing an excellent opportunity to develop local supply chains and expand your business base.
  • A skilled and talented workforce – 43% of Trafford’s adult residents are educated to degree level or equivalent, compared to a North West average of 30% and a UK average of 34%.

Trafford is home to four notable and unique town centres, each with its own individual character and business opportunities: Altrincham, Sale, Stretford, Urmston.

The intu Trafford Centre is also one of the largest indoor retail and leisure destinations in the UK, attracting over 30 million visitors each year.

Trafford is also the location of a number of key employment sites and some of the most strategically important development sites in Greater Manchester.  These include:

Trafford Park – The world’s first planned industrial estate and still one of the largest and most successful business parks in Europe. Trafford Park is home to global brands including Kellogg’s, Unilever, L’Oreal, Adidas and Procter & Gamble.

Trafford Wharfside and MediaCityUK – MediaCityUK is an international hub for the digital and creative industries and home to leading companies including the BBC and ITV.  Trafford Wharfside provides a stunning and sought after waterfront location within this inspiring new development.

Carrington – At 75 hectares, Carrington is the largest available development site in Greater Manchester, with excellent links to the M6, M60 and M62 motorways.  Carrington Business Park also offers over 300 business units, including fully equipped office space, conference facilities and industrial units.