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Labour's Shadow Chancellor hails the digital revolution putting Manchester first

Lucy_Powell_parl_default11.jpg.ashx.jpgLabour's Shadow Chancellor hails the digital revolution putting Manchester first

Labour's Shadow Chancellor has hailed the digital revolution putting Manchester first following the announcement of 400 new hi-tech jobs for the city.

Ed Balls MP visited SharpFutures apprentices at Manchester's Sharp Project on Thursday (September 21).

Ed together with Lucy Powell, Labour's Manchester Central Parliamentary candidate, took a tour of the site with The Sharp Project's Director Sue Woodward and Manchester Councillors Jim Battle and Nigel Murphy.

The Sharp Project, based in a Council owned building, announced plans earlier this month to create up to 400 new jobs as part of a bid to make Manchester the digital centre of Britain.

Labour's Shadow Chancellor said the digital revolution was giving the city a similar opportunity to the industrial revolution that first made it great and could once again put Manchester first.

Ed Balls MP said:

"The reality is that the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th century happened after decades of struggle and this revolution we'll look back and say it happened over months, over years.

"The question will be who will be the countries and the localities that understand you've got to get your reputation now or you've missed the boat? Manchester's grabbed that chance. People will look back and say you've made history."

Lucy Powell, Labour's Manchester Central Parliamentary candidate, said:

"The news of the Sharp expansion is fantastic. Local jobs and the apprenticeship scheme are vital for people here and it's this local vision that's delivering this and will put Manchester first.

"This out of touch Government doesn't have a Plan B but that shouldn't stop Manchester's vision. The Sharp project and the SharpFutures project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved even in these tough times when a Council and local businesses have the vision to succeed."

Sue Woodward OBE, Director of The Sharp Project and Manchester’s Creative Media Champion said:

“Manchester aims to be a  global digital city with a labour pool of companies creating and innovating new business and new business models, to grow the economy, create careers and compete on a wider stage. The Sharp Project is the first space created to begin to deliver this objective.

"It’s fantastic that Manchester City Council share our vision and recognise it’s a worthy investment.  Manchester City Council created The Sharp Project which is unique as it’s led by the sector for the sector. This is the secret of its success.”

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