18:56 30 August 2018
Two Manchester-based businessmen, Jordan Ryan Madeley and Michael Lawes, who are behind retail disruptor Bizzlelt, are set to move into the FastForward incubator space to help their tech venture off the ground. Bizzlelt has been designed to create a platform for businesses to share offers, products and services with consumer groups.
The pair had previously been operating from home or even at a local Wetherspoon due to lack of office space. After they met with UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones, they were offers a free one-year lease in the FastForward Space.
Jordan said: “We’ve seen some great successes this year with the likes of SPAR, some new big-name brands coming on board and an ever-increasing sales pipeline.
"With that in mind, we’ve looked at office spaces but, while we invest heavily in our product, we simply couldn’t afford them at this stage.
“While many spaces in Manchester are described as incubator spaces, in fact they still have landlords charging significant rents.
"On top of that, we’ve seen spaces where the atmosphere isn’t what a growing tech firm needs – they just tell you what you can’t do all the time or they chase you out of the door at 7pm.”