This centre is in a building with a large glass façade and panoramic views in an excellent location in the central business district of Bolton, close to the main shopping area. This is an ideal place both for local companies and national businesses looking for an accessible UK base. It is close to Manchester and several major motorways are less than 15 minutes away. Bolton is the fastest growing economic destination in the Manchester city region after the regional centre. It is the fifth largest employment centre in the North West and has been ranked one of the best places in the UK to start a new business. A host of top name companies in sectors including banking, electronics and food manufacture have set up their headquarters here. The town's profession-focused university is playing a significant role in the development of the knowledge economy in the North West.