Company name: ANS Group
Nature of business: Technology / Cloud
Locations/also markets they operate in: Manchester (M15), London (EC3M)
Contact information: T. 0161 227 1002
Founder, Scott Fletcher;
Managing Director, Paul Sweeney;
Branch locations if applicable: N/A
Brief history of the company/ founder:
Scott Fletcher is one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, heading up companies with a total valuation in excess of £75m. Scott founded what is now his largest business, ANS Group, from his back bedroom in 1996 at the young age of 22.
Scott has overseen the growth of ANS since its inception, including floating on PLUS markets. The company now has a turnover of £50m and healthy net profit margins of approximately 10%. Scott is also Chairman and lead investor in Gödel Technologies.
Scott has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for the North West at the National Business Awards, IOD Young Director of the Year and The PLUS Markets Chairman of the Year.
Certifications/licenses: ANS are one of the only companies in the UK to hold the highest-possible accreditations with Cisco, NetApp, VMware and Microsoft.
Products/services offered: ANS Group specialise in providing managed compute, storage and network infrastructures that can either be built on premise or provided as a cloud based solution in our data centres.
Corporate social responsibility activities: ANS Group’s CSR policy is wide ranging, encompassing environmental policies, education provision, local employment opportunities, business awards sponsorship, sporting sponsorship, a comprehensive charitable policy and opportunities for voluntary work.
Major projects they want noted: The ANS Cloud Academy – which is based in Manchester – is part of the government’s ‘Employer Ownership of Skill Pilot’ and will train up to 50 ‘cloud apprentices’ every year.
“A lot of companies are now starting to grasp the nettle over training their own staff and it’s resulting in a lot of innovation – on our apprenticeship scheme there is hardly any classroom time, for example, it’s mostly on the job training,” said Mr Fletcher.