Crowdcube, a crowdfunding platform who have helped businesses in the North West to raise over £1.4 million in the last two years, are set to open a Manchester office.
In February, the company will make the move in order to work closer with start-ups and growing businesses in the Greater Manchester and North West region.
Crowdcube recently helped to launch Manchester-based Ideas Britain, an organisation looking to provide support to young entrepreneurs to help their ideas come to life.
Matt Cooper, commercial director at Crowdcube, believes that the thriving business culture in Greater Manchester makes the area a perfect location for the company.
He said: “We are determined to put Crowdcube at the heart of the creation of the Northern powerhouse.”
“We already have a vibrant investor community in the North of England and there is definitely an exciting opportunity to further stimulate the start-up scene in the North West that is already benefiting from the Government’s multi-million pound support for the region.”
“Whilst we already work with businesses from across the UK from our existing offices in Devon and London, there’s no substitute for having boots on the ground; people who are in touch with the local business buzz and can get involved with entrepreneurs face-to-face.”
Last August, Crowdcube was named the UK’s leading crowdfunding service after independent market researcher Crowdsurf revealed they claim 52 percent of market share.
Crowdcube received 12 industry awards in 2015 in what was a record breaking year for the organisation.
Adam Shaw, CEO of Ideas Britain said: “From media and the arts, to tech, science and social enterprise, Manchester’s start-up landscape is already vibrant, diverse and evolving fast.
“Having a top-notch crowdfunding platform in place to support Manchester brings a new dimension of potential for the city’s entrepreneurs, and it’ll help to keep momentum flowing in a region that’s already synonymous with innovation and big ideas.”
By joining Manchester’s already thriving business scene, Crowdcube will further improve the extensive investment opportunities available to businesses in the region.
Undoubtedly, Greater Manchester is the place to be for ambitious entrepreneurs with big ideas and enough ambition to turn those into a reality.