Software group, SAP, has announced it has opened its new northern base at the Glasshouse tech hub at Alderley Park as the firm looks to tap into the North-west’s growing digital economy.
The Germany-based global software group revealed the plan to move to Alderley Park this summer as part of a quarter-of-a-billion euro investment in the UK market over the next five years.
SAP’s new 2,395 sq ft hub at Glasshouse provides high quality workspaces and breakout areas and will consolidate staff previously based in both Knutsford and Warrington. As well supporting internal innovation and collaboration, the move to Alderley Park will also support employee wellbeing initiatives thanks to the Cheshire campus’ gym and sports complex, and over 400 acres of green space and woodland walking trails. The campus is also well placed for connectivity with SAP’s UK headquarters in London.
SAP celebrated the move with a launch event to welcome colleagues and partners to its new base. Speaking at the event, Michiel Verhoeven, SAP UK MD, said:
“The North West has a thriving talent pool and creates huge opportunities for the tech sector. Our growing commitment to the UK as a whole means investing in the right people and the right locations, Alderley Park helps us achieve both of those. We are committed to be at the heart of change for our customers and partners. By bringing together our teams in the North West under one roof their dedication and commitment will be integral to us thriving.”
Bradley Topps, Commercial Director at Bruntwood SciTech, said:
“Alderley Park is a UK leader for its science and technology innovation, and the flourishing digital community at Glasshouse is already a major contributor to this reputation.
“Glasshouse is the ideal fit for those seeking collaboration, networking and access to top talent. We’re all incredibly excited to officially welcome SAP to their new northern home and will look on eagerly as the hub evolves.”
Glasshouse opened in February 2020 as part of Bruntwood SciTech’s £247 million investment in Alderley Park and SAP will join 80 other businesses across AI, fintech, digital health, software development, digital communications and animation.