Workshops & industrial units to rent in Manchester

Manchester is a modern cosmopolitan city with a rich industrial heritage and all the amenities you’d expect from a major metropolis. BizSpace provides a variety of small and large workshops, light industrial units, and small warehouses to rent in Manchester and Greater Manchester, all with rolling monthly contracts and flexible terms. 

Why let a workshop or industrial unit in Manchester?

If you’re looking for a workshop or industrial unit to let in Manchester, take a look at some of the benefits this fine city has to offer:  

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Size and cost  

Manchester is a large city, but it’s nowhere near as big or expensive as London. This means you won’t be dedicating vast chunks of your time navigating the city or spending massive amounts on rent.  


Manchester is a major UK city strategically located in the heart of the Northwest. It has excellent transport links to other major cities and airports, making it an ideal location for businesses that require easy access to markets and suppliers. 


Manchester’s robust infrastructure includes a modern motorway network, a large international airport, and a well-connected rail network. This makes it easy for businesses to transport goods and materials in and out of the city. 


Manchester has a skilled and diverse workforce, with various industries represented in the city. Several universities and colleges in the area also provide a steady stream of highly qualified graduates. 

A variety of industrial units 

BizSpace has many industrial units available for rent in Manchester, which can be used for manufacturing and storage, even as a small warehouse or factory. This means businesses of all sizes and industries can find a suitable space to meet their needs. 

Supportive business environment  

Manchester has a thriving business community, with various support services available for businesses, including business advice, funding, and networking opportunities. 

What are the types of industrial units to rent in Manchester?      

From light manufacturing and distribution in adaptable light industrial units to dedicated workspaces for skilled trades in workshops, Manchester offers a diverse selection of industrial units to suit various business needs. The creative sector finds its home in studio workshops, while small warehouses provide efficient storage solutions in the urban environment. For larger-scale operations, industrial storage units offer extensive storage and distribution capabilities, supporting businesses in manufacturing and logistics. 

What are the main industries in Manchester?  

Manchester has a diverse economy with a range of industries. Some of the main sectors in Manchester include creative and digital, financial, and professional services, as well as health and life sciences. Some of the more industrial-based sectors include manufacturing, logistics and distribution. Manchester has a long history of manufacturing and is home to a range of advanced manufacturing industries, including aerospace, automotive, and engineering. Manchester’s strategic location and strong transport links have made it an attractive place for logistics and distribution companies, with several large warehouses and distribution centres. 

Manchester’s history with the industrial sector  

Manchester’s rich industrial history dates back to the 18th century when the city was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Manchester’s industrial success saw it become a major centre for textile manufacturing, with mills and factories springing up across the city. Its location provided easy access to materials and markets, and the city’s canal network made it ideal for exporting goods to other parts of the UK and overseas. Manchester became a hub for innovation and invention, with many famous inventors and entrepreneurs hailing from the city. It remains an important centre for many sectors, including the more traditional industrial sectors of manufacturing, logistics and distribution. 

Transportation links in Manchester  

Manchester has a range of transportation links, making it easily accessible within the UK and internationally. Some of these include: 

Motorways:  Manchester is well connected to the UK’s motorway network, with the M60 orbital motorway circling the city and providing access to other major motorways such as the M62, M6, and M56.

Railways: Manchester has several railway stations, including Manchester Piccadilly, the busiest train station in the city, which serves as a central hub for local and national services. Other stations include Manchester Victoria, Deansgate, and Oxford Road. 

Metrolink: Metrolink is Manchester’s light rail system, with several lines running across the city and connecting nearby towns and cities. It is a popular mode of transportation for commuters and visitors alike.

Buses:  Manchester has an extensive bus network, with several bus companies operating services across the city and beyond. The city’s bus station, Manchester Central Coach Station, is in the city centre and provides connections to many other UK cities. 

Manchester Airport: Manchester Airport is the third-busiest airport in the UK, located just 8 miles south of the city centre. It has flights to over 200 destinations worldwide and is a hub for several airlines.

How many workshops and industrial units are available in Manchester?      

Manchester is home to a variety of industrial units. At BizSpace, we provide several workshops and industrial units across the city and Greater Manchester. For example, in Manchester, you can find large units to let at BizSpace Manchester Old Trafford and BizSpace Manchester Trafford Park, as well as medium and large units to let at BizSpace Manchester Newton Heath. In Greater Manchester, you’ll find a range of small, medium and large units to let at BizSpace Altrincham and BizSpace Rochdale Fieldhouse, with large units also available at BizSpace Rochdale Moss Mill.   

What size industrial unit can I let in Manchester?     

Manchester has a variety of industrial units available for lease, catering to businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur seeking a cost-effective space for storage or light manufacturing, smaller units in Manchester offer an ideal solution. As your business grows, medium-sized units can accommodate your expanding operational and storage needs. For established companies requiring extensive space, large units in Manchester provide ample room for large-scale manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations. Manchester’s industrial rental landscape perfectly fits your size and operational requirements, catering to businesses of all sizes, from startups to seasoned companies. 

How much does renting an industrial unit in Manchester cost? 

This really depends on the location and size of the unit. For example, units located more centrally will cost more than units located more rurally. Equally, larger units (in square feet) will cost more than small units. As a guide, in Manchester, you can expect to pay anywhere from £630 per month for a small unit (averaging 280 sq. ft.), a starting price of £960 for a medium-sized unit (averaging 540 sq. ft.), and a starting price of £2,870 for a large unit (averaging 1930 sq. ft.).

How do you find a suitable industrial unit in Manchester?   

When looking for an industrial unit to rent or let in Manchester, several essential factors must be considered:  


Where is the unit based in Manchester? Is it easily accessible for your business needs? For example, its proximity to major transport links such as motorways, railways, and airports, as well as to suppliers, customers, and other essential business contacts. 

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Size and layout 

Think about the size and layout of the workshop and whether it can accommodate your business’s needs. Consider factors such as the height of the ceilings, the number and size of loading bays, and the available office space. 

Facilities and amenities 

Consider the facilities and amenities available with the industrial unit and business centre, such as parking, security, and access to electricity and water. 


Check the condition of the industrial unit and whether it is fit for your intended use; for example, look for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or structural issues that may impact your business operations. 

Lease terms and costs 

Review the lease terms and costs associated with your workshop, including rent, service charges, business fees and other fees or expenses. At BizSpace, our workshops come with rolling monthly contracts & flexible terms with no hidden extras. 

What other commercial property is available in Manchester?  

Businesses that need workshops and industrial units may also require additional workspace. For example, your company may require additional office and storage space and a small industrial unit. Check out all the different workspaces across Manchester and Greater Manchester and their respective BizSpace locations below.  

How do you find a workshop or industrial unit in Manchester?     

Find the workshop you want from the list above and book a viewing. We’ll show you around our workshops, and where applicable, our business centres. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have.
We have simple one-page license agreements for short-term rentals or leases for long-term rentals. Signing up is quick and easy – and all our terms are transparent.
You could be ready to go within an hour. And our dedicated centre managers are on hand – where applicable – to support you during and after moving in.

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