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Smart Cities project calls for Greater Manchester expertise

The UK-China Smart Cities project, which aims to identify ‘smart green solutions’ in China’s cities and open up market opportunities for UK SMEs, is calling for input from Greater Manchester businesses.

The UK-China Smart Cities project, which aims to identify ‘smart green solutions’ in China’s cities and open up market opportunities for UK SMEs, is calling for input from Greater Manchester businesses.

The project, led by Manchester City Council in partnership with the Manchester China Forum, is using Greater Manchester’s expertise to develop a blueprint for smart green cities in China and provide local SMEs with access to China’s growing smart city market.

It aims to bring together UK, EU and Chinese partners in a holistic approach to develop best practices in urban energy, transport and housing that can then be emulated by Chinese cities. 

With the number of cities in China housing over a million people set to eclipse the 200 mark by 2020, the project presents a significant opportunity for Greater Manchester SMEs in smart solution and urban regeneration sectors.

Greater Manchester survey

Alongside its Smart City Solutions Challenge, which offers UK SMEs the opportunity to be part of the project’s delegation to China in early 2015, the Manchester China Forum is conducting a survey to gain a better insight into the scale and nature of expertise in smart city solutions and urban regeneration amongst the SME community in Greater Manchester.

To take part in the survey, click here.

Breakfast briefing

In related news, Greater Manchester strategy and policy think tank, New Economy, will be hosting a breakfast briefing event in Manchester on 28 January 2015 to explore what it means to be a ‘smart city’ and outline Manchester’s aspirations to be an international leader in the field. 

To register for the event, click here.