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Tech provider expands at MSP

Internet service provider M247 is to almost double its presence to 12,000 sq ft at Turing House on Manchester Science Park in a deal that sees it commit for a further five years.

M247 works with some of Greater Manchester’s largest tech businesses, providing connectivity to support the likes of AO.com and OnTheBeach.

The business is co-located at the campus, which is part of Bruntwood SciTech and managed by Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), with two of the city’s other established and high growth tech companies, ANS and UK Fast.

Founded in 2003 as Metronet (UK) with five staff, the business acquired hosting company M247 and fibre business Venus Business Communications, rebrsnding in 2018. It now employs more than 250 people in Manchester, London and Bucharest.

Tom Renn, managing director, Manchester Science Partnerships said: “The growth of M247 from start-up to industry leader has been a pleasure to watch.

“Working in partnership with M247, we have developed MSP’s own digital infrastructure to become the best connected internet site in the North; our Manchester Science Park campus has a dark fibre ring around it and houses some of the most important datacentres in Manchester, providing super high bandwidth to our customers.

“The cluster which has formed here has connectivity and cloud storage credentials to rival anywhere in Europe. We’re committed to supporting dynamic entrepreneurs at the helm of promising startups – the M247 story can be inspiration to them all, and irrefutable evidence of the benefits of the co-innovation opportunities on our campuses.”

In late 2018, Bruntwood SciTech announced the investment of more than £10m in speculative laboratory development at its Mereside life science campus at Alderley Park. The business also said that the tech incubator at Circle Square is now home to more than 20 businesses employing almost 100 people, with the new arrivals including two blockchain startups, an AI-based digital health company and cyber security specialists.

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