Ignite is moving up in the world.
Earlier this year we moved into larger offices in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, and in July 2018 we opened our first office in Mysore, India.
The new offices in Manchester at 24 Lever St are a step up from the old HQ in King St. Where King St had three flights of stairs, wonky ceilings and a break-out area called the dungeon, Lever St boasts a lift (shock), huge windows, exposed brickwork (in a good way), and enough room for the team to expand up to 50 staff. With a board room, 100s of plants and a massive roof garden it's well worth a visit.
The new office in Mysore is a big adventure also. The office will be headed up by Swetha (for those of you who know her) who has been with Ignite for over 5 years. She hails from Mysore and her connections and knowledge have been invaluable. The developers and testers in Mysore will provide an extra line of support and capacity for the Manchester office. While no data can go to India, and access to live sites is totally restricted, there are lots of tweaky bug fixes, enhancement projects, and code improvement works they will contribute to.
Everyone we've spoken to about having an off-shore office says that management and communications are key issues to address. So it's pleasing to report that we've had no issues on that front so far! The Indian team are coming to Manchester this month for training and we wish them all the best.