Sometimes you need a detailed survey and expert breakdown by the team at Deloitte to get a true picture of construction activity. And sometimes you can see it outside your window and on every journey across Manchester, Salford and beyond. Development is evidently booming in the city centres of Greater Manchester, so it was interesting to hear focused discussion on the wider combined authority of all ten boroughs and how this growth can be harnessed in the ‘proud industrial towns’ that make up our wider region. Affordability and ensuring all feel the benefits of this growth were also at the forefront. The annual Deloitte report card shows a prosperous region – the skies (full of cranes) are indeed blue.