Bank signs up to support TechHub

Barclays has sponsored a new base for Internet technology start-up companies and freelancers, TechHub Manchester.

The co-working space opens in Carver's Warehouse, Piccadilly Basin on Monday 19 November. TechHub Manchester will offer workspace on a permanent and drop-in basis for technology companies.

Members will also benefit from access to the online member community and are able to work, meet and collaborate in other TechHub locations, currently in London, and in Riga, Latvia, with more international locations being announced this year.

Graham Bastin, head of infrastructure at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke in Knutsford, said: "As a major IT employer in the region, we have a responsibility to the local community and, with other regional companies, we want to establish sustainable ways to promote technology across the North West with partners like Tech Hub Manchester.

"There are many entrepreneurs and startups with great ideas and ambitions about the future of digital and mobile technology. They will benefit from access to space, infrastructure and support as we help the next generation of technological innovators to fulfill their potential."

Ben Hookway, co-founder of TechHub Manchester said: "We're thrilled that Barclays is partnering with us to develop the technology community in Manchester and the North West. This is a major endorsement for TechHub Manchester and excellent support for the growing technology start up community in the region."

Elizabeth Varley, chief executive of TechHub, said: "It shows valuable insight into the technology ecosystem, that Barclays so enthusiastically supports startups via its partnership with TechHub Manchester. We're very much looking forward to working with them to ensure a stronger startup community that contributes to the UK and global economies in such an important way."

TechHub Manchester is accepting membership applications and can provide tours to interested parties.

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