We’ve come a long way since March when we started working with a dedicated team and passionate partners to plan the project and make the building habitable. The images below really do show the changes in the physical space itself, and we’re so proud of what we have now. A great mix of events and meeting spaces, a cafe and co-working floor. The suites were designed to house different sizes of organisations and they’ve all put their own stamp on them, as you can see in this blog post.
But we’ve also seen a growth in the types of people taking up residence in the space itself. Some of our tenants have come on that journey with us and we really can’t thank them enough for their patience and support along the way. Have a read of this blog by Kraken IM to get an idea if what that’s been like. Even though we’ve just launched, the majority of our suites and pods are already taken by a variety of digital businesses, all interested in exploring how we can be more cooperative and ethical as an industry.
The stories coming out of these businesses and organisations are too many to mention, with Apadmi and Silverchip’s award wins, Wool Digital’s first Birthday, and the graduates coming out of North Coders, Code your Future and The Hive’s courses to name just a few.
We’ve also been lucky enough for the wider community to embrace us, with diverse events happening in our events spaces. From Co-op and Design Mcr Service Jams, The Mayor's Digital Skills Committee, Tech for Good Live and Open Data Manchester moving in full time, Stir to Action Magazine issue launch, Drinkabout, Future everything…. and more.
It sounds like we’ve been really busy already. And we have. But we’ve got plenty more on the cards, including a bookable user research lab; Big Lottery Fund are moving in in the new year; and an events series looking at digital ethics.
Thanks so much to everyone who made it happen and supported our journey so far and those that continue to support us. The launch event really was a chance for us to celebrate how far we’ve come and thank everyone who’s been a part of our journey so far, but also to kick off the next phase for us in The Federation.
We were lucky to have Steve Murrells CEO of the Co-op Group and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester speak at the event, so we’ll leave you with their words.
Steve Murrells said:
“From the outset we decided that we wanted to share this building with others, creating a physical space for responsible digital innovation, where good practice is shared and celebrated, and where digital pioneers can learn from each other.
“However, it’s much more than a space. The Federation will actively encourage businesses to invest and grow, using technology to deliver positive change, from connecting young people with opportunities, reaching out to schools to specifically address diversity in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM), to providing subsidised access for a public events programme.
“The Federation is a cornerstone in the creation of a movement for social change and economic responsibility, helping to cement Manchester's well established reputation in the digital world. This is because of who we are and how we’re owned. We know that the world works better when we co-operate.”
He also wrote this interesting blog with his thoughts on cooperation and ethics in the digital space
Andy Burnham added:
“We have set out ambitious plans to become one of the top five leading digital cities in Europe in the Greater Manchester Strategy and we are determined to achieve this by working together with likeminded people.
“The smartest cities don’t just make use of the digital economy, but use digital to connect people, helping tackle things like homelessness. We need to be a truly smart city to connect all our citizens.”
The Federation is a space that brings together organisations, big and small, public and private [and,] by promoting collaboration and inclusion through digital, [we’re] building a better future for the people of Greater Manchester.”
You can also read more about our launch in Prolific North, Business Cloud and the MEN. And you can hear what Steve Foreshew-Cain, CEO of Coop Digital had to say about the launch in his update.
If you’re interested in joining us in a suite, in the co-working space or want to hire our events or meeting space get in touch. (Events and meeting rooms: Beena.firstname.lastname@example.org/ Co-working space and suites: Samuel.email@example.com)