AIRSHIP Interactive has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to South Manchester, resulting in over 100 new jobs by mid-2023 and over 200 over the next three years.

The Lytham-based co-development studio, which provides art services to some of the world’s biggest games companies including Disney, EA, Microsoft, 2K and Sony, is set to move into Bruntwood SciTech’s greenhouse in Alderley Park , after committing to a massive 15,000 square foot studio.

Joe Harford, CEO and Founder of Airship Interactive, said: “Manchester is one of the best cities in the world, it’s home to great industry and innovation, so make the jump to Glasshouse in Alderley Park, just 30 minutes from the center and set in 400 acres of inspiring countryside, it just made sense to us.

“Airship is different from many other game art studios; we are driven by a culture of excellence, not only in our game art, but also in our people. This decision is not just about growing the business , but also providing our team with the tools and environment they deserve to continue being the best at what they do. That’s why, year after year, the world’s top game creators want collaborate with us.”

Tim Horton, Commercial Director of Airship, added: “This move took several months, we wanted to choose a location that would represent our values: quality, ethics, reliability, growth, passion and innovation. That’s what it’s about. It’s a thriving tech community with top-notch businesses and exceptional facilities for our crew.

Airship will join a community of forward-thinking companies at Glasshouse, many of which work in fields such as AI, software development, digital animation and fintech, as they come together in a collaborative ecosystem. The park is home to a range of outstanding amenities including a gym and sports complex, a thriving events programme, a Grade II listed pub and restaurant and woodland trails suitable for walking, running and cycling .

The move comes at a time of great strategic growth for the business after receiving £450,000 of investment to expand its service delivery, boost recruitment and grow its global footprint.

Airship also received several nominations this year, including Best Small Business, Best Global Business and Best Workplace. Growth has been exponential over the past year. The studio has grown by more than 70% and continues to recruit key strategic people within the industry, and the titles it has contributed to have garnered mainstream acclaim.

Josh Whiteley, Chief Commercial Officer at Bruntwood SciTech, said, “We’re really excited to welcome Airship Interactive to Glasshouse. Glasshouse has been specifically designed for high-tech, innovative and creative businesses, providing a space to be inspired and collaborate – it’s the perfect place for Airship Interactive’s next chapter in the North West and I have can’t wait to see what they will do in their workshop.

For more information about Airship Interactive, please visit www.airshipinteractive.com.

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