ANS has unveiled its cutting-edge new tech hub in the heart of Manchester, creating a dynamic space that “will revolutionise the tech ecosystem in the Northwest.”
The new campus, a “multi-million-pound” investment in space and infrastructure, is set to serve as a vibrant hub for collaborative working spaces, providing employees, customers, local businesses, and communities access to innovate.
In its continuing efforts to support the local community, the ANS tech hub opens its doors to community groups and charity partners, offering access to bookable spaces, well-being programmes, and a joint venture educational program.
Partners include Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester and Hide Out Youth Zone. ANS is also actively collaborating with schools and the community, with initiatives that have seen ANS donate laptops to enhance digital literacy and provide access to technology for those in need. These collaborations will empower young individuals and provide them with opportunities to explore and pursue careers in technology, meeting the demand for a more diverse and skilled future workforce.
The tech hub, located close to Manchester’s universities, has a modular design and a variety of facilities, including social space Susan’s Bar and modern classrooms. The campus also houses ANS’ acclaimed Training Academy, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, and its Apprentice Academy, which has seen 250 individuals graduate to date.
The new tech hub embodies ANS’ commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, with EDI focus groups significantly involved in the design. Features such as a lower reception desk, hearing aid loops, accessible ‘You Loo’ bathrooms and prayer rooms ensure that it is welcoming and accommodating to all.
The tech hub launch will be marked by the attendance of renowned peace activist Dr. Erinma Bell, whose expertise will further elevate ANS’s vision of fostering inclusivity and growth and create a brighter future for Manchester’s tech landscape.
Richard Thompson, CEO at ANS, commented: “We exist to make technology accessible for all organisations, large or small. Our vision is to create a tech movement that empowers individuals, businesses, and communities to reach their full potential through technology. We’ve built a first-class space for our people here. This new campus is the epitome of what we stand for and is the space where we bring our values to life: eyes on the customer, to stretch the possible, be all in, give a damn, get it done and be you.”
He continued: “We’re creating something really special here and the local community, the tech community and our customers play a huge part in that.”