Help Make Manchester Smarter

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 3, 2017 11:11

Help Make Manchester Smarter

Manchester City Council is launching a preliminary market consultation to address challenges that have come out of a review of city centre issues. The City Centre Review took place in late 2016 and identified a number of areas that we want to improve for citizens, businesses and visitors.

The City is asking companies to contribute to a market consultation process where there is an opportunity to suggest digital solutions that could address one or more of the issues raised during the City Centre Review.  A short application process will get your ideas in front of city decision makers and help inform us on a second phase where we may go out to market for solutions.

The aim is to identify a number of technological needs for some small scale demonstration pilots. By putting your ideas into the market consultation now, you can help Manchester understand what is out there or what could be improved.

For the avoidance of doubt, responding to the market consultation will not place you in a more favourable position at tender stage, and likewise declining will not exclude you from tendering. The responses to the exercise will be used exclusively for the Council’s information.

This market consultation is part of CityVerve, which is the UK’s smart cities demonstrator based in Manchester. The project is a consortium of 21 partners led by Manchester City Council and funded by Innovate UK and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

CityVerve aims to provide a step-change to how cities use the internet of things to deliver smarter services, and create a real-life blueprint for smart cities worldwide.

The market consultation process gives us an opportunity to address current challenges within Manchester – providing an opportunity for new ideas to be presented, developed and supported as part of CityVerve.

We have made the process of submitting your ideas straightforward, with documents about the City Centre Review downloadable from the NW Chest procurement portal, and during the 2 week consultation process, responses and enquiries can be sent directly to

This process is separate from the tender process that will follow and this will follow normal practice regarding public sector procurement.

All documents relating to the market consultation:
To find out more about CityVerve:


About CityVerve

CityVerve is a collaboration of the brightest minds and pioneering technologies to help create a smart, innovative, inspiring Manchester.

The CityVerve project brings together the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, deployed at city scale to deliver transformative benefits: new business and jobs for Manchester; better healthcare, transport and environment; and more engaged and empowered citizens.

It was established in July 2016 with a two-year remit to demonstrate the capability of IoT applications and address barriers to deploying smart cities, such as city governance, network security, user trust and adoption, interoperability, scalability and justifying investment.  Combining technology and business model innovations, it will create a real-life blueprint for smart cities worldwide.

Led by Manchester City Council, the consortium of 21 core organisations – including Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco, Ordnance Survey and other tech players – is backed by the UK Government and Innovate UK.

For more information, please visit or follow CityVerve on Twitter at @CityVerve.


Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 3, 2017 11:11