Chamber of Commerce works with Google Arts & Culture to showcase Greater Manchester businesses

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture to create an online experience to celebrate the culture of Manchester.

The project highlights Manchester’s unique contribution to musical history, its rich tradition of craft and design from the industrial revolution to the modern day and the strength of the links between businesses and their local communities.

A range of shops, manufacturers and music venues have been selected in recognition of the unique contribution they have made to the culture of Greater Manchester.

Chris Fletcher, Policy, Campaigns and Communications Director at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate some of the great businesses that we have in our area. They range from long-established family businesses which have been passed down the generations to iconic music venues that are a vital part of Manchester’s world-famous music history.

“In these difficult times, it’s crucial that we support our local businesses. Many of those that we feature have had to adapt to new restrictions, find new markets and devise new ways of communicating with their customers and each one continues to play a major part in the business and cultural life of Greater Manchester.”

The following businesses are featured in the Google Arts & Culture project:

● Afflecks

● Band on the Wall

● Classic Football Shirts

● Factory

● Forsyth’s Music Shop

● Fred Aldous (pictured)

● Manchester Craft & Design Centre

● The Met

● The Old Wellington pub

● William Santus

You can explore the businesses and diverse culture of Manchester at

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 2,000 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. The team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. Google Arts & Culture develops technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline.

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce. Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking. The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations. The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.

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