Lancaster-based eCommerce agency Nublue has opened a new office in Manchester in Piccadilly Gardens and introduced flexible dynamic working for its staff with support from the Barclays Northern Powerhouse Fund.

For over ten years, Nublue has been specialising in eCommerce web design, development and eCommerce hosting solutions, producing and hosting thousands of online stores.

Starting out with two brothers in 2005, today the company employ a team of 45 experts whose skills span from user experience and Magento development, to server management and eCommerce strategy.

The £500 million Northern Powerhouse Growth Fund was established to inject investment into businesses across the north of England.

It is intended for SMEs across the Northern Powerhouse region, including established businesses with ambitious growth plans, start-ups with high growth potential, companies with early-stage equity funding and businesses focusing on innovation, R&D and technology.

“We’re delighted to benefit from the Barclays Northern Powerhouse fund which, as well helping with our new office in Manchester, will allow us to introduce remote/fully flexible working for our staff,” said Nublue managing director Michael Ashworth.

“This flexibility means we can expand the workforce by having a virtual office and free up space in the main office for group projects - we’re really excited for the future of the business.”

Barclays relationship director Steve Blunstone helped put together the funding package for the deal.

He said: “At Barclays we’re delighted to be able to help businesses grow and expand and the Northern Powerhouse fund is the perfect vehicle for businesses that are looking for new opportunities and require flexible funding options.

“I have worked closely with Nublue for many years and they continue to really impress me with their professionalism, vast background experience in the sector and most importantly, their burning desire to succeed. With Barclays’ backing the future looks bright for this well-managed company.”