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Roundtable: Tech in property

Wednesday 18th January 2017 at UKFast Campus, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 5QJ - #propertytech

The importance of office space to tech companies will be the subject of a BusinessCloud roundtable held in association with GL Hearn. This event is by invitation only.

The technology sector has become critical to Manchester’s economy – and property is at the heart of the revolution.

Advances in tech have seen companies expand exponentially and the rate of growth is showing no signs of letting up.

This has resulted in a war on talent and placed a huge demand on office space.Tech clusters have emerged at the Sharp Project, MediaCity and the Northern Quarter, but several firms have relocated to the city centre to help attract and retain staff.

NCC is relocating from its base at Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road to the new XYZ building in Spinningfields while Autotrader relocated 600 staff to Number One First Street.

BusinessCloud is joining forces with GL Hearn to find out what tech companies want from their office space.

How important is it to be able to scale up quickly? Are flexible and creative work spaces crucial? How important is a city centre location close to transport hubs? What about break clauses and short-term leases? And has Manchester got the right mix of space to take advantage of the tech revolution?

The discussion will be chaired by editor Chris Maguire, an award-winning journalist and events host.

Held in association with GL Hearn


  • Stephen Downey, GL Hearn 
  • Chris Bailey-Jones, offices manager Moneysupermarket  
  • Sam Routledge, CTO, Softcat 
  • Tom New, co-founder, Formisimo
  • Lesley McPhee, The Hut Group
  • Colin Shenton CEO (or Ben Davies, head of marketing) Ziferblat
  • Pete Lee, CFO, Purple
  • Richard Faulkner, Northern Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms for Barclays Corporate & International
  • Louis-James Davis, CEO, VST Enterprises
  • Tom Dawes, ValueChain
  • Nick Black, CEO / co-founder, Apadmi Enterprise
  • Jack Barmby, CEO, Gnatta
  • Richard Bertram, head of business development, TSK

Contact details

Chris Maguire, editor:;  @editor_Maguire 
Jonathan Symcox, deputy editor:; @JonathanSymcox 
Andrea Wolfendale, director of events:; 0161 215 7142  
Ian Hughes, multimedia journalist:

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