Chris Marsh has left his role as director of partner development at Manchester-based cloud hosting firm UKFast to set up Agents Of, a new brand ambassador agency.

The agency will represent a "hand-picked group" of Manchester and North West service sector businesses, including app developer Apadmi.

At UKFast, Marsh was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with clients, suppliers and other local and national influential organisations for owner Lawrence Jones.

"It has been a wonderful experience working with UKFast at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. I have learned so much from Lawrence and his team, and we part on excellent terms," Marsh said.

“Thanks to my time at UKFast and my non-executive and education activities, I have acute insights into the issues and challenges facing the tech and digital sector in Manchester and the north-west.

“You could say I’m pretty well-connected, and there are not many Manchester businesses and people I don’t know in these fields."

Agents Of's client list also includes software developer Webantic, digital marketing agency Cube3, eCommerce agency Space 48, creative communications agency SKV, broadband provider Telcom, web technology agency JB Cole and growth agency Six and Flow.

Marsh added: “My career to date has all been about building relationships and with Agents Of, I’ll be a brand ambassador for my clients, brokering relationships for them with new commercial partners.

“The Agents Of businesses are all strong players in their fields and looking to grow. I’ll be helping to build their brands exclusively within their specialism.

“They are all non-competing and there is great potential for them to collaborate on new client projects.”

Marsh has non-executive roles including a council member of Manchester Digital, the trade association for the North West digital sector, and with the charity Forever Manchester.

He intends to continue his work with educating young people about the tech sector through his roles at Network Young CIC and as STEM Ambassador with the Museum of Science and Industry.

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