At Broadheath's height as an industrial area, its industries supported perhaps 12,000 employees. Over the years most of those manufacturing companies have either closed or relocated. Famous companies that used to be based in Broadheath include the machine tool manufacturers George Richards, H. W. Kearns, and Churchill. Other companies include Budenberg, Linotype, Luke & Spencer, H. F. O'Brien, Wheelabrator Tilghman, Record Electrical, and Thornton-Pickard.
Broadheath is part of Trafford Metropolitan Borough of Greater Manchester. The ward of Broadheath has three out of sixty three seats on Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, and as of the 2014 local elections all three seats were held by the Labour Party. In May 2015 Stephen Anstee was voted in Conservative. Amy Whyte Labour was voted in May 2017. The councillors representing Broadheath on Trafford Council are Stephen Anstee, Denise Western, and Amy Whyte.
Since 1997, Broadheath has formed part of the Altrincham and Sale West Constituency, before that it was encompassed by the Altrincham and Sale constituency. Since 1997 it had been represented in the House of Commons by the Conservative MP, Graham Brady. This is one of two Conservative-held seats in Greater Manchester.
Broadheath Primary School.