The Mayfield Partnership is offering rent-free office space for up to six entrepreneurial businesses in a new facility opening this autumn.

Occupiers of the new co-working space, Mayfield & Co, will restore technological innovation to Mayfield, a 24-acre site next to Manchester Piccadilly station, which was home to Thomas Hoyle’s Mayfield Printworks in the 19th Century.

It is aiming to create a collaborative community of like-minded people, organisations and businesses, innovating, inventing, sharing ideas and creating a springboard for business success.

An expert panel of judges, including Mike Cunliffe, principal economic regeneration officer at Manchester City Council, Michael Taylor, head of external affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University and James Heather, project director at property regeneration company U+I will select the successful applicants who will be able to move into Mayfield & Co in November.

“At its pinnacle, Mayfield in Manchester was a world leading place of technical innovation,” said James Heather, Mayfield project director at U+I.

“It was here that Thomas Hoyle pushed the boundaries of printing colours onto fabric in the 1800s. This was industrial achievement through technology and we want to see Mayfield in 2017 start to embody some of this visionary pioneering spirit.

“Mayfield & Co. will bring innovation back to the site. Our co-working space will be a home for the next generation of technical innovators to shape their future, the future of Mayfield and Manchester’s too,” he added.

The Partnership’s long-term plan for Mayfield is to create an iconic, £850m mixed-use community over the next 10 years, including 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park, creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.

The 24-acre site, next to Piccadilly Station, has been derelict for over a decade.

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