Microsoft set to move into Neo

Tech giant Microsoft has agreed to take the whole 4,500 sq ft seventh floor of Bruntwood’s Neo office, bringing around 100 staff into Manchester city centre.

The 52,000 sq ft Neo launched in March 2017 after an £8m refurbishment of the former Bank House, on the corner of Portland Street and Charlotte Street to create tech-enabled studio units and flexible open-plan workspaces.

Microsoft is due to move into the building next month. Neo will be its first major presence in Manchester, after running a small serviced office by Manchester Airport.

Phil Kemp, chief commercial officer at Bruntwood said: “We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to Neo – an organisation perfectly suited to a place, purposely-designed to inspire creative thinking and collaborative working.

“Manchester was of course the birthplace of modern computing in the late 1940s and 1950s so to welcome a true world leader in 21st century technology to our city is not only a perfect fit, but it’s a proud moment for us too.”

Neo already houses other digital and communication companies, including Manchester Digital, and marketing agency Notch Communications, which advises science and tech companies.

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Congratulations, great building, great letting.

By Golden Touch

It’s game over for the other cities in the ‘northern powerhouse’ when companies like this start to relocate to Manchester

By Liver Lad

Manchester cannot help physically being half way between Leeds and Liverpool and therefore at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse.

By Elephant

Liverpool to Leeds isn’t the entire ‘North’ though.

By Abots

@abots, I agree, unless the area is being redifined to save on money, ” A smaller, more compact and efficient North”, paraphrasing “Yes MInister”

By Rosie York

@Abots Nobody mentoned the North, they mentioned the Northern Powerhouse, which is actually Manchester – Leeds.

By York Street

@York Street I suggest you do some research and stop trying to spread misinformation – “The Northern Powerhouse is a proposal to boost economic growth in the North of England by the 2010-15 coalition government and 2015-2017 Conservative government in the United Kingdom, particularly in the “Core Cities” of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle”

By Abots

Liverpool to Leeds via Manchester and Manchester airport and the environs between and around, is the Northern powerhouse.Trying to include Newcastle,Hull,Teesside,Sunderland etc,is like including Exeter in the London economic area. The economic engine of the North is the M62 corridor,as far as Leeds,from Liverpool.

By Elephant

Wonderful news for Manchester. Be great to see more international companies like this moving some work to other northern cities such as Leeds and Liverpool as well.

By A

Got to say Bruntwood have done a great job on this block. Never thought it could attract a tenant of this calibre.

By Impressed

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