TechHub Manchester announces Barclays as its first major sponsor

Barclays has been confirmed as a major sponsor of Manchester's forthcoming home for Internet technology startup companies, TechHub Manchester. The major global financial services provider will collaborate with TechHub Manchester in its mission to help technology companies develop new products in the heart of Manchester city centre.

TechHub Manchester will open on two floors in the historic Carver's Warehouse building on Dale Street in the Piccadilly area of the city, three minutes' walk from Piccadilly Station, which provides fast, frequent travel to London, and access to the rest of world via Manchester Airport. TechHub Manchester is accepting membership applications and can provide tours to interested parties.

Graham Bastin, Head of Infrastructure and Site Executive at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke in Knutsford, Cheshire said:

"As a major IT employer in the region, we have a responsibility to the local community and, with other regional companies, we want to establish sustainable ways to promote technology across the North West with partners like TechHub Manchester. There are many entrepreneurs and startups with great ideas and ambitions about the future of digital and mobile technology. They will benefit from access to space, infrastructure and support as we help the next generation of technological innovators to fulfill their potential. This is an exciting opportunity for businesses to grow and reflects Barclays commitment to support innovation and talent."

Ben Hookway, co-founder of TechHub Manchester said:

"We're thrilled that Barclays is partnering with us to develop the technology community in Manchester and the North West. This is a major endorsement for TechHub Manchester and excellent support for the growing technology start up community in the region."

TechHub Manchester is co-founded by Doug Ward, Shaun Gibson, Ben Hookway and Martin Bryant. Doug and Shaun are co-founders of Tech Britain. Ben is a serial tech entrepreneur and long-time TechHub London Member, and Martin is a managing editor of tech publication The Next Web.

To find out more about TechHub Manchester and read more about what it can offer you, please visit http://manchester.techhub.com, or contact @TechHubManc on Twitter.

About Barclays

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website http://www.barclays.com