THE HEROES OF MANCHESTER’S STARTUP WORLD

From modern healthcare to smart FinTech and everything in between, these are the Manchester startups raising the tempo in 2022. Each company has its own stand-out superpower and should be on every candidate’s watchlist. The Tempo team has researched hundreds of companies and competition was fierce – read on to discover the very best places to work in 2022.

 

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20. SOURCEFUL

Check out this sourcery! This company works magic for the environment and sustainability. Sourceful uses data-driven tools to help companies source affordable eco-friendly products, so that consumers have more sustainable choices to choose from. Sustainability is at the core of the startup and the culture is based on their ambition to have a big impact and a big heart.

SUPERPOWER: Making it achievable for businesses to go green

19. PIXELMAX

It’s safe to say that hybrid working is the future. PixelMax was founded to help businesses create a truly unified experience through virtual workplaces packed with interactive features that make working fun, compelling, and seamless. PixelMax are here to disrupt and turn the experience of working remotely on its head.

SUPERPOWER: Building the future of hybrid work

18. TICKX

Roll up, roll up! TickX was founded in 2015 as the one-stop hassle-free way to book tickets. Just recently, the startup evolved to a purely SaaS company after realising that their tech could help partners sell more tickets and make more bookings. Employees are offered a fun and upbeat working environment, team trips abroad, and great career progression.

SUPERPOWER: Powering entertainment brands

17. HOUSEMATES

Know someone looking for student accommodation that’s actually liveable? Send Housemates to the rescue. The digital platform allows students to find the perfect home away from home with complete security and no nasty surprises, so that they can focus on more important things… like living the best years of their lives and beans on toast for dinner.

SUPERPOWER: Helping students feel at home

16. NIVO

The Nivo team is driven by a mission to make it as easy as pie for consumers to find the right financial services through its instant messaging solution. Users rate them highly and so do customers. The super startup is growing rapidly and employees are able to truly take ownership and be part of a fast-paced adventure.

SUPERPOWER: Fast and secure messaging that customers love

15. FRACTORY

Recently bagging £6.5m in funding, Fractory’s cutting edge metal fabrication platform is one to keep an eye on. With the manufacturing rocket taking off, employees at Fractory are part of a journey where they move seriously fast, with an opportunity to grow, make a massive impact and gain unmatched experiences for the future.

SUPERPOWER: Revolutionising the metal works industry

14. GOODBOX

Cash is no longer king. GoodBox saw that our cashless society was negatively impacting the charity sector and decided to switch things up with its contactless payment technology that allows donors to give at supersonic speed. Helping humanity is at the heart of the company and employees enjoy the passionate and diverse team they get to work with every day.

SUPERPOWER: Connecting donors to causes in seconds

13. AUDEN

With Auden, you’re never a-loan. The Auden team is driven by a mission to make it as straightforward as possible for people to get short-term loans. With a focus on people over profits, customers feel financially fitter and a positive difference after using Auden. And this focus is also present with their own. Hear this: employees get an extra 10% on top of their salary to spend on the things that matter most to them. Sounds pretty neat, right?

SUPERPOWER: Levelling the playing field for borrowers

12. MISSION MARS

With a mission to deliver food, drink and entertainment experiences that are out of this world, this is a startup that knows how to have fun. Just like their services, working here seems to be equally as mars-vellous. Employees benefit from discounts at amazing venues and gigs, 24/7 access to mental health support, and more. Maybe life on Mars isn’t so bad after all.

SUPERPOWER: Transporting you to another dimension of hospitality

11. TAPTRIP

Booking business travel just became a breeze thanks to TapTrip. They make it as simple as tap and fly. A diverse and driven workforce is the secret sauce behind TapTrip’s success. With unlimited holiday, a £1000 holiday budget, and the ability to work from anywhere in the world, the team certainly does not go without.

SUPERPOWER: Taking the corporate out of corporate travel

10. PUSH DOCTOR

Push Doctor makes it easy for people to access the healthcare they need at the touch of a button. 7 days a week. Bringing healthcare into the 21st century is no easy feat. The company is backed by an incredible team driven by the shared motivation of making a positive difference to people’s lives. Of course, they are rewarded for their hard work with an in-house gym, flexible hours, family-friendly benefits, and healthy snacks.

SUPERPOWER: Making healthcare accessible for all

9. WEJO

Wejo believes in using data for good. That’s why they innovate with ground-breaking products to revolutionise the way we live, work, and travel. Wejo are driven to disrupt and employees are truly part of a special journey. The team rates each other highly and loves the challenging and fast-paced environment.

SUPERPOWER: Shaping the future of mobility

8. BANK NORTH

Bank North is the UK’s first regional business bank of the modern era, aiming to save people from the painful experience of sourcing finance for their business. The company are proud of its progressive culture and banks on its employees being unapologetically untraditional, bold, and true to themselves.

SUPERPOWER: Empowering businesses to thrive through tailored funding

7. OPENMONEY

Financial advice doesn’t grow on trees! Millions of people don’t have access to the financial advice they need to control their money and start planning for the future. OpenMoney is here to change that by connecting people with financial experts that truly care. OpenMoney places great emphasis on values of being honest, open and doing the right thing – not only in the work that they do, but in how they work as a team.

SUPERPOWER: Empowering people with financial advice

6. MODERN MILKMAN

Modern Milkman is your modern hero. This startup has saved over 57,000 wheelie bins of plastic from the landfill by delivering fresh milk in reusable glass bottles. Modern Milkman do not only care about the natural environment, they also ensure a healthy working environment for employees by providing flexibility and fantastic progression opportunities.

SUPERPOWER: Saving breakfast and the planet from plastic waste

5. AIRTIME REWARDS

Customers demand rewards that feel relevant to their life. And Airtime Rewards recognises there’s one thing we all hate paying: our phone bill. This startup rewards shoppers with money off their phone bill when they buy. The team are proud to be different and benefit from flexible working hours, virtual GP, and mental health support.

SUPERPOWER: Rewarding loyalty with money off your phone bill

4. SUMMIZE

Contracts are long, complicated, and eat up a huge chunk of time. Well, that’s before Summize came to the rescue with its game-changing solution that creates instant contract summaries. Summizers are a passionate bunch that rate the culture highly and are excited about the learning, development and progression opportunities they are given.

SUPERPOWER: Bringing contracts into the 21st century

3. STREET GROUP

Street Group is on a mission to move real estate into the digital age by pairing estate agencies with tomorrow’s technology. Now there’s a service adding true value to people’s lives. The word on the street is that employees receive £1,000 towards a holiday after their first year, paid volunteer days, and a fully stocked fridge in the office. That’s a superhero for you.

SUPERPOWER: Revolutionising real estate for the digital age

2. KRAKENFLEX

Organising energy resources can be a tough nut to krak, but it doesn’t have to be! Working to build a better future for everyone, KrakenFlex’s cloud-based platform manages the real-time supply and demand of clean energy technologies. This company believes top results come from hiring the best people and taking care of them, which is why employees flex benefits such as unlimited holiday, tax-free parental pay, and flexibility.

SUPERPOWER: Transforming energy for a better world

 
 

1. THIRDFORT

Thirdfort’s super smart tech protects lawyers and estate agents from fraud so that they have the power to move fearlessly. The culture at this company is truly impressive – with a strong focus on learning, community, and wellness. From unlimited holidays, mental health support and great career progression, here is a team with a force to be reckoned with.

SUPERPOWER: Shielding people from risky business

 

ABOUT THE SUPER STARTUPS

 

This list was published in November 2021. The Tempo team has conducted extensive research into hundreds of amazing startups, and picking just 20 was a challenge on its own. The companies on the list are selected based on their company mission, employee reviews, careers pages, upfront information for potential new hires and general buzz. To be considered for the list, companies must be launched in 2013 or after, have less than 300 employees and be founded in Manchester.