With the experience of their own failed start-up behind them, in 2012 Ward (right) and Gibson (below) took an 11-week bus tour around the tech communities of the UK, with the result being online start-up resource Tech Britain.

shaun gibsonThey went on to help found TechHub Manchester, a co-working space for tech start-ups, and its success has led to them planning a much larger workspace in the city called Factory, a version of London’s Google Campus.

Along the way, the pair have advised 10 Downing Street on their experiences of Britain’s start-ups and are both advisors to the University of Manchester.