Zoom and Teams calls can be a great way to do business, but sometimes a face-to-face meeting gives you the chance to explore more topics in-depth and get a handle on who you’re working with. Another factor to consider is having a regional office and all the expense that goes with it -maybe a regional software hub is a better way to go, especially if your insurance offer is purely online? Those in the world of insurance who have vistited BIBA will know Manchester well and so this news from GFT is interesting for UK insurtechs and brokers looking to expand into the region.
To better support this demand GFT is establishing several regional customer innovation facilities across the UK. The new hubs will create new job opportunities, serving clients in the financial services, insurance and manufacturing sectors. The first hub is in Spinningfields, the corporate epicentre of Manchester and will be operational from 6 September.
Carlton Hopper, UK Managing Director, commented: “I believe the new GFT regional customer innovation hubs will enable us to help more clients to achieve their technology modernisation objectives quickly and confidently. We are on an aggressive recruitment drive to support rising client demand. Manchester, here we come. Keep watching; there’s more to share.”
Christopher Ortiz, Group Chief Executive, Global Markets and Region Manager APAC & UK concluded: “We are always looking to be close to our customers. We want to be by their side through every important IT decision. How better to achieve this than by making the team far more accessible. The past year has presented many challenges to us all, but we have learnt and adapted to new collaborative ways of working. The regional office expansion will further enhance our flexible, hybrid working model. The result will be a more positive work / life balance for all.”