The Cheadle business centre is modern, purpose-built and set in a prime business park location near the southern tip of Greater Manchester. The park has its own beautiful nature reserve and is already home to a number of blue chip companies. This area is particularly popular with the information technology sector. Its attraction lies in a combination of its leafy setting and proximity to the city, skilled local workforce and fantastic local amenities and commuter routes. In 2010, Manchester was ranked as the second best place to do business in the United Kingdom (UK) and the twelfth best in Europe. It is the UK's fifth-largest financial centre outside London, with more than 90,000 people employed in banking, finance and insurance. Other major activities in the city's fast growing economy include professional services, life science industries, creative, cultural and media, manufacturing and communications companies serving local, regional and international markets.