One of Manchester’s leading and most respected businessmen Scott Fletcher has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to business and the community. Scott Fletcher is the founder and chairman of ANS Group, a company he started in 1996 from his bedroom when he was just twenty two years old. He has certainly come along way since then, building a company that was recently voted 9th in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For. ANS Group provide Managed Workspace, Infrastructure and Protection Services and now has 150 staff between Manchester and London with 600 customers nationwide, the company has a turnover of almost £50 million. At the same time Scott has led the way when it comes to investing in new company’s founded by bright young men and women.

At the refreshing age of 40 it is a great honour for Scott and just another accolade to add to his previous awards, in the past he has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for the North West at the National Business Awards, IOD Young Director of the Year and The PLUS Markets Chairman of the Year. Scott was also recently appointed onto the board of UM13, The University of Manchester’s technology transfer company.

But whilst Scott Fletcher is a leading light in the business world it his extra curricular activities for the community where he really shines. He has made charitable donations to The Princes Trust, Caudwell Children, New East Manchester Enterprise and Manchester Children’s Hospital, just to name a few. Scott Fletcher bucks the trend when it comes to people who have done good and made their fortune. He has no qualms in giving back or giving a helping hand to somebody in need, as was the case a few years ago when he saved an aspiring artist from losing his house. A visit to Scott’s just giving page gives a good measure of a man who will go above and beyond for causes close to his heart.

As a person who got his start in working life through the Youth Training Scheme Scott also sees the importance of giving the next generation the best possible start in adult life and that is why he recently launched the ANS Cloud, an apprenticeship scheme aimed to provide up to 50 youngsters with a chance to develop the skills and knowledge base which will allow them to thrive in the fast paced world of technology.

All in all it is very pleasing to see the people of Manchester being recognised at the highest level for all the great work they do, for both business and community. It is a gap that does need to be bridged if we are to have a bright and prosperous future and hopefully people will be inspired by the work and achievements of Scott and look to replicate his great success. We had the privilege and pleasure to recently talk to Scott at the ANS Offices about his views on Manchester: