Warren Smith welcomes you to the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy
Welcome to the website of the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy. I hope that you will find it helpful and informative of my role and work as Lord-Lieutenant and the contribution made by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and my Deputy Lieutenants in the day-to-day life of the County.
All of us living and working in Greater Manchester are proud of its heritage as the birthplace of the first industrial revolution and the introduction of the famous “Spinning Jenny and Mule” and the “Water Frame” which transformed the production of cotton and brought wealth and prosperity to this area.
70 years ago Manchester, and its University, were at the forefront of the new technological age with the invention of the world's first electronic computer that heralded a further industrial revolution, the impact of which is felt throughout the world. Today Manchester is at the heart of a new revolution with the establishment of the Graphene Research Centre exploiting the exciting applications of this new technology.
Manchester itself is an important professional and financial centre, second only to London.
Today Greater Manchester continues to be at the forefront of regeneration, creativity, innovation and education. There are over 100,000 students in higher education across the County’s universities – Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford, Bolton and University Campus Oldham.
The visual and performing arts have driven much of the major regeneration projects. Throughout the County there are over 30 museums, galleries and significant venues for the performing arts including such world-class facilities at the Bridgewater Hall, the Lowry and the Whitworth Art Gallery. The Manchester International Festival is recognised as the foremost creative arts festival in Great Britain. Media City is the home to both the BBC and Granada television, which has stimulated the growth of the creative industries.
Greater Manchester is linked to the world by its international airport which enables it to hold world-class sporting events such as cycling, swimming, cricket, squash and international football events. It is the home of two world-famous Premier league football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as others in other leagues such as Bolton Wanderers, Bury FC, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale FC, Stockport County and Wigan Athletic. Lancashire Cricket Club is in the county as are Rugby League clubs of Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils as well as Sale Sharks from Rugby Union.
It is a county that celebrates its wide social, cultural and faith diversity. For over 150 years the County has welcomed new communities and these communities have provided much of the cultural and economic wealth which has created and shaped this vibrant and prosperous county – a place of choice for over 2.6 million people to live. It is very much a 21st century County.
Greater Manchester is leading the government devolution policy and by 2017 we will have an Elected Mayor.