ANS Group Goes Back to the 1990s With Charity Celebration

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ANS celebrated 20 years in business at a 1990s Madchester themed ball dedicated to its charity The Factory Youth Zone.

The company went back to the 90s as a hat-tip to chairman Scott Fletcher, who founded the company in 1996 at 22.

Celebrating all things 90s, K-Klass took guests back to the Hacienda days as guest DJs on the night, with support from percussionist Pav.

The night was dedicated to charity partner The Factory Youth Zone, for whom ANS has raised more than £110,000 since 2011.

It was a special night for The Factory Youth Zone as donations, raffles and a dedicated auction helped pass the £20,000 2015 target for the Harpurhey charity.

There was a musical performance from a young member of the Youth Zone on the evening alongside a handful of budding photographers acting as the paparazzi snapping guests on the red carpet.

Phil Ascott, of The Factory Youth Zone, said: “ANS came on board in 2011 as one of our Founder Patrons. Each year they have gone above and beyond with their fundraising efforts and consistently exceeded their target.

“ANS has made a huge commitment to supporting future generations both through its fundraising efforts but also through its on-going work with initiatives like the apprentice academy.”

The managed services and cloud provider was setup in 1996 by Scott in the back bedroom of his home, in Droylsden.

It now employs 203 staff in Manchester and London, with more than 600 customers in the public and private sectors and a turnover of £47m last year.

Chief Executive Paul Sweeney said: “It is a significant year for ANS but we never forget our roots here in Manchester, since we started we have always placed a strong emphasis on empowering the next generation.

“The technology in the industry has changed beyond recognition and it is continuing to do so at a pace faster than ever before.

“To stay on top it is about constantly challenging what you do and re-inventing the way you do things, something we are constantly striving to do.

“That’s why youth is so important to us: to keep going we have to continue to think young, and to support the next generation behind us. The Apprentice Academy is a prime example of how we nurture young talent and helping develop the next generation of digital leaders.”

The Factory Youth Zone is a charity run youth centre working with young people aged 8-21 (up to 25 with additional needs). Providing a safe space for young people to spend their leisure time, the Youth Zone also provides young people with opportunities in sports and performing arts as well as providing them with support through targeted initiatives.