FAT Beehive, the UK’s leading digital agency for the third sector, is expanding its operations by opening a Manchester office – which is very apt, as the worker bee has been an emblem of Manchester for over 150 years.

Fat Beehive’s mission is to support and amplify the work of organisations committed to social good by building them amazing websites and great digital products. Operating from Shoreditch, London for 21 years they have a wealth of experience helping charities engage digitally. Having a base in Manchester will allow them to better support similar organisation across the region.

Mark Watson, Fat Beehive’s Chief Executive said:

“Fat Beehive was at the vanguard of establishing a digital community in Shoreditch when we set up there in 1997. We recognise that Manchester is home to a thriving digital industry, innovative technology and entrepreneurial spirit. It makes sense for us to join the city’s talented developers and designers, working with local organisations to develop digital services that promote social good.”

Fat Beehive to bring more bees to Manchester

Luke Berte, Client Partnerships Manager, Fat Beehive said:

“I am delighted to be heading up the Manchester office and look forward to becoming a part of the local and growing tech community. Fat Beehive is an ethical company that works with organisations trying to make the world a better place. It’s my intention to ensure that we provide excellent services to our charitable clients and also support and contribute to the growing digital community.”

Fat Beehive will be based at the aptly named Beehive Lofts, Beehive Mill, Jersey Street, Ancoats Urban Village, Manchester M4 6JG Telephone: 0161 660 2001.

The worker bee has been an emblem of Manchester for over 150 years. The bee was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the industrial revolution, and seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms, which were granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842. At the time it represented the hard work of Mancunians and the textile mills that were commonly described as hives of activity – something Fat Beehive is also named after.