Stockport is changing
The last decade have seen a huge shift in Stockport with investment being the new buzz word. Major changes around the train station; with the arrival of Stockport Exchanges commercial hub, the leisure and retail improvements; in both what they offer but also location within the town centre, have changed local resident’s views on what their town centre can offer.
Awareness of these changes has spread far and wide with companies all over the UK seeing Stockport as not just the last stop before Manchester Piccadilly.
Get to know Stockport
An abundance of amenities
The development around the train station has coincided with the strategic decision to move the towns leisure offer into a more prominent location at Redrock. Stockport’s must visit leisure destination opened in 2017, and is home to the hugely popular Light Cinema and bowling alley plus restaurants such as Zizzi, Pizza Express, Berretto Lounge, coffee shop Mangobean and ‘The Gym’. Redrock is situated right next to Merseyway Shopping Centre and Prince’s Street which both offer a wide range of national brands.
Merseyway is itself seeing massive investment under the councils’ ownership; plans are now underway for a multi-million-pound redevelopment.
The towns retail offer may have lost a few headline acts but whilst the Blossoms are spreading the Stockport love across the world musically, a wide range of exciting new independent retailers are springing up in the Old Town marketplace, down the cobbled walks to the trendy Underbanks, driving a social opportunity in the area.
In addition, the new hotels in Travelodge and Holiday Inn Express have finally provided a comfy bed for the night, especially handy for companies needing to house clients and visitors from all corners of the UK and further afield.
Dubbed Stockport’s Soho, Little Underbank is a picturesque area built on cobbled streets in Stockport’s Old Town. Attracting a range of independent shops, wine bars, cafés and eateries, the area is ideal for a lunchtime stroll or post work catch up. As one of Stockport’s oldest streets, Underbanks is home to a growing cluster of creative businesses. From quirky record stores and rare magazine shops to colourful hair salons.
The multi award-winning Wherethelightgetsin and Tramp hair boutique started the movement but many more additions have followed and many off the back of the reinvigoration of the Produce Hall, an exciting new food hall offer with an expanding range of independent traders offering some great quality food and drink.
A town worth investing in
The fact Stockport was chosen by Andy Burnham for the country’s first Mayoral Development Corporation location shows how the town centre is really making a name for itself outside the borough and to those in prominent positions, but also how the local authority is driving a lot of investment and change in the town. Stockport, a town centre that, may, just finally have found its purpose again.
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It’s important to note Stockport’s excellent location, situated just 7 miles south-east of Manchester city centre. Its close proximity to Manchester enables it to be well connected to the City with several trains making the sun ten minute ride between the two destinations per hour.
Stockport is also well connected with Central London, Sheffield, Birmingham and other major cities. With Stockport just off junction 1 of the M60 motorway, it is very accessible by car, making it an ideal location for an office for any size of business.
These excellent transport links help to support first class businesses, with Stockport playing home to some of the UK’s largest brands including BASF, Robinsons Brewery, National Tyres and Music Magpie.
Walk out of reception and you’re less than a 5-minute stroll into Merseyway, Stockport Market and St Petersgate, providing plenty of lunchtime amenities