The Sharp Project is home to over 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production. It is based in a 200,000 square footage refurbished warehouse previously occupied by the company Sharp Electronics until 2006.
It has been a multi-million pound investment by Manchester City Council, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) specifically to help grow and build on the creative and digital sector in order to create job and career opportunities in the area.
The Sharp project has become synonymous with creativity, innovative thinking and astute business sense. Admission is based on businesses being: “involved in, or support thereof, the making, manipulation or moving around the world of digital content in order to make money and grow the creative digital sector.”
The Sharp Project creates an ecosystem on site which allows growth and development, as companies collaborate as well as compete with each other for business. To enable this, we carefully select companies that offer complimentary or additional services which will allow creative companies to develop their skills and support their businesses to grow for example, legal expertise in intellectual property, venture capital funding or specific to sector training.
Within the Sharp Project there is also SharpFutures. SharpFutures is a social enterprise that supports diverse young people into employment in the creative digital and tech sectors. By offering a range of interventions including Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Volunteering, SharpFutures nurture the transition into work, whilst responding to the fluctuating needs of creative digital