UKFast is creating a 30,000 sq. ft. incubator space for tech startups at its newly expanded campus. The FastForward working space at UKFast’s campus will become home to the Tech Manchester initiative.
The Tech Manchester initiative is dedicated to supporting the development of early-stage technology businesses. The region’s startups are set to benefit from subsidised space with zero business rates, whilst plugging into Tech Manchester’s network of mentors and links with existing incubator and accelerator projects, along with a host of benefits from UKFast.
Facilities at FastForward include meeting areas, TV and recording studios, an auditorium with room for 500 attendees, free parking, telephone and reception services, a yoga studio, slides and a health food café, as well as networking and conference facilities with an impressive bar area.
Patricia Keating, Programme Lead at Tech Manchester said, “with the combination of world-class working environments and support from Tech Manchester and UKFast, it’s an extremely attractive proposition for any UK tech startup. I’ve been excited about this move since the very first day I met Lawrence when he explained his vision for what Tech Manchester can do and what is possible if we all pull together.”
UKFast Campus in Manchester is currently home to a number of businesses, including cloud hosting firm UKFast, cybersecurity firm Secarma and technology magazine, BusinessCloud.
Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO added, “the rationale behind Tech Manchester and this startup space is to allow people that might not otherwise be able to afford to work in an environment like this, access to the space at significantly subsidised rates. There are a lot of office spaces being dressed up as tech incubator spaces and being let at exorbitant prices.
“Building a tech community is not just about space. It’s about encouraging the right types of passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneurs to hang out and collaborate. We have learned a great deal from the feedback from the thousands of people who have used our auditorium and existing UKFast facilities over the past three years. This extension is certainly very exciting.”