On the Beach opens stunning HQ in central Manchester
On the Beach has opened its stunning new digital headquarters in Manchester City Centre.
Lord Mayor, councillor June Hitchen, officially opened the beach-themed office in Ancoats following a multi-million-pound design and re-fit.
The building contains a 250-seat auditorium, a games room and beach bar as well as break-out rooms and a virtual aquarium.
It also has a user experience testing lab and development team pods which are designed to promote agile working and innovation.
The online travel agent has relocated most of its business operations to former aircraft components factory the Aeroworks building.
However its contact centre will remain at its previous HQ at Park Square in Cheadle, which is also set to undergo a major redesign.
"After conducting an extensive engagement initiative with all our employees, we are all absolutely thrilled with our new offices,” said CEO Simon Cooper.
"Not only will they provide a fantastic working environment for our current employees but will also enable us to attract the very best talent from Manchester and around the rest of the UK.
"At heart On the Beach has always been a Manchester-based business, and now we are a business based in the heart of Manchester.
"We’re excited about being at the centre of the city’s vibrant digital community and for what the future holds as we continue to grow.”
On the Beach plans to almost double its workforce to more than 500 employees in the next three to five years.
Cllr Hitchen said: "Manchester is known as one of the UK’s centres of innovation, creativity and industry.
"The decision to establish this new office here is a real reflection of what the city has to offer, as well as recognising the huge amount of talent that we have in Manchester and also the wider region.”