Cybersecurity consultancy Coalfire has announced it will increase the size of its UK and European operations base as it moves to a new location in Manchester.

The firm’s current office in Portland Street is to be relocate to City Tower early next year.

Its Manchester office is the only international location outside ten US offices which includes a headquarters in Colorado.

It said it plans to increase staff from 30 to over 50 over the next 18 months to fill out the new space.

Andy Barratt, Coalfire’s managing director for UK & Europe, said a growth in cybersecurity awareness has been key to its success.

“As that trend continues, we’re well-placed to build further momentum by helping more businesses sure up their cyber defences,” he said.

“Manchester’s digital strengths and international connectivity make it the perfect home for a growing, tech-focussed business.

“A fantastic new space in one of the city’s most iconic buildings is the perfect move for us as we look to grow the size of our team and continue building the business here at pace.”

Tom McAndrew, CEO at Coalfire, added: “The UK has become a second home to us as we see continued demand from our customers to provide global support. We are partnering with a host of rapidly expanding, cyber-aware businesses in the region, many of which have operations in the US, so we see it as integral to our ability to act as an international advisor both now and in the future.”