Manchester-based technology firm, UKFast, has launched a brand new, state-of the-art 500-seater auditorium and events space, creating a new platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration within the Manchester business community.
The facility includes a 100 sq. ft. digital screen, full-spec AV and media suite, bar and networking area, breakout spaces and free parking. Users also have the option of support from the UKFast events and media teams.
The recently completed auditorium is situated within the 40,000 sq. ft. extension to UKFast Campus near Manchester Science Park, which the firm expanded into last year.
UKFast has already hosted a number of community events in the space, including a free cinema club for local children in need of a helping hand and the inaugural UKFast Community and Education Awards, but the space opens to the public in January, with bookings being taken now.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “Despite the huge advances in digital communication, there’s still a real demand from the business community for high-quality, well-designed spaces to get together face to face, to meet and to collaborate. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for building relationships in person.
“UKFast Campus has a long history of hosting business and networking events, and providing a hub for the local technology community to work together. It’s incredibly exciting to open up new opportunities for our clients, the tech industry and the wider community.
“We were inspired by our original auditorium that was built in the first stage of the development of UKFast Campus. That space had an average of four events a week, so we knew there was a need for it, but we’ve outgrown it and require something truly world class that enables people to run high-quality events without the exorbitant costs.
“We’ve never charged for our event space in the past, so if customers or charitable organisations have a real need to do something worthwhile then we will always back them.”