A software company launched only two years ago is putting coding on the map as it aims to double staff numbers to 500 by the end of the year.
MediaCityUK-based Bright Future develops bespoke software for various organisations catering to the different needs of each business with clients ranging from Cisco, BBC to the government.
It employs and develops young talent straight from school, offering a real job from the first day with planned progression that combines a university degree with real work experience.
Young staff are trained in coding and all aspects of digital media, and make up the entire workforce.
The £1m turnover company, which has recently recruited its 250th employee at its base at the White Tower, said it will reach 500 staff by the end of this year.
Founder Eudie Thompson, a former chartered accountant, said she decided to launch the business after spotting a gap in the market to bring back outsourcing to the UK while training young coders of the future.
“It is now more important than ever that we stem the flow of work being outsourced abroad when we have a very strong talent base in the UK,” said Eudie.
“Organisations have been outsourcing IT work to overseas businesses for many years now, but they are now finding that this isn’t always the cheaper route.
“One of the problems has been that there hasn’t always been the supply here to take on that work, and I wanted to change that.
“By working with local young people, we are able to train them in all aspects of coding, to work on projects for clients all over the UK.
“They make up the backbone of this business.
“Software development is a strong area for growth and we are proving local people opportunities to work in this area, and by doing so we are trying to bring back outsourcing, so businesses will use talent based here in the UK.”
Eudie, who lives in London, but travels to Manchester every week, said MediaCityUK was the ideal location for the business.
She said: “With the BBC locating here and the area attracting other businesses in digital, IT and media, it was the perfect location for a business like ours, and importantly it was well connected to the local school and universities.
“There is also plenty of room to expand, and we have already taken on two extra floors.”
Eudie said she would like to expand the business to other regions.