Expanding automations firm moves HQ to historic Blackfriars House, Manchester

A fast-growing Manchester-headquartered robotics firm has moved its head office to Bruntwood Work’s historic Blackfriars House as it reveals plans for further growth.

Agile Automations has relocated from WeWorks in No.1 Spinningfields to larger office space at the newly refurbished building in to accommodate new staff over the next 18 months.

Agile Automations is a robotics process automations (RPA) developer, which has been leading the way in AI, robotics and machine learning since 2015.

The company specialises in creating robotic process automations (RPA) for companies of all sizes, allowing them to identify and streamline manual business processes and in doing so giving them a competitive edge by unlocking the potential of their teams.

Clients include those in the financial, property, insurance sectors.

The refurbishment of Blackfriars House by Bruntwood Works has created a new collaborative hub for businesses. Inspired by the building’s 1920s heritage, it included a stylish lounge area complete with fireplaces for less formal meetings and 12 dedicated coworking desks.

Agile Automations Blackfriars House Office

The ground floor now houses a hidden podcast studio which doubles as a 1920s-style reading room, a 70-seat auditorium which is designed for future talks and events, and an independent coffee shop operated by Bean – and there are also plans to develop a new rooftop restaurant and events space.

Speaking about the move, CEO Martin Keelagher said: “It’s a really exciting time for our business as we’ve seen strong growth in the sector as well as our business, which has been accelerated by the pandemic as more businesses adopt the use of cutting-edge AI technology, to allow them to create a robotic workforce.

“As we continue to onboard new clients and expand our existing projects and automations with our clients, this new space provides us with the capacity for growth, as we see the need to take on new, sector leading talent in the next 18 months including more software developers and support staff.

“It also allows us to work better as a team and work collaboratively with other businesses based here at Blackfriars House and across the UK, Europe and beyond.”

He added: “This is a fantastic building with great character and dynamic workspace. It places us in good stead to transform the way businesses adopt automation technologies and streamline their business processes.”

Andrew Cooke, strategic director at Bruntwood Works said: “Since we reopened Blackfriars House following its transformation earlier in the year, we’ve seen significant demand for virtual tours of the new space and it’s great to see so many businesses now make it their home – the expansion of our community demonstrates the importance of collaboration and its clear businesses are still committed to having a space where their teams can come together.”