LONDON, UK — December 1, 2021 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has opened its new northern hub at Alderley Park. SAP’s move to Glasshouse at Alderley Park forms part of its commitment to invest up to €1/4bn in the UK over the next five years and reflects an ambition to tap into the north west’s growing digital economy.
Last year Manchester was crowned the fastest-growing tech city in Europe, contributing £5 billion to the UK’s digital ecosystem alone.
SAP’s new 2,395 sq ft hub provides the technology firm with high quality workspaces and breakout areas, specifically designed to boost innovation through collaboration. Glasshouse is home to businesses specialising in AI, fintech, digital health and software development, as well as digital communications and animation.
SAP’s relocation and consolidation of its Warrington and Knutsford offices, to the coveted Cheshire campus, will support its ambition to access a greater pool of digital talent across the region and wider UK by leveraging opportunities through Bruntwood SciTech’s national network and bolster its established internship programme. Glasshouse’s location will also provide easy access to its other UK office in London.
Employee wellbeing was an equally significant driver for SAP’s move. Set in the heart of the 400-acres, the Park is home to a new gym and sports complex, as well as woodland walking trails, running and cycling routes, coffee shops and pub and restaurant, The Churchill Tree.
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, which opened in February 2020, is part of Bruntwood SciTech’s £247m investment in Alderley Park. The facility, which is already home to over 80 companies, offers a rare combination of connectivity and space in abundance, as well as access to a host of community and business support led events.