Plexal is the innovation company solving society’s challenges through collaboration with government, startups and industry. The business is closing the gap between organisations – small and large, local and global, private and public – and working towards a common goal: using science and technology to deliver national security and prosperity. It was founded in 2017 as the innovation centre at Here East and is owned by clients of specialist real estate investment advisory company Delancey.

Providing bespoke consultancy services and state-of-the-art workspaces for over 1,000 innovators, Plexal sources the right partners from our ecosystem of 15,000 connections. It supports entrepreneurs, startups and scaleups building emerging technologies and operates across multiple sectors including cyber, healthcare, intelligence and defence, government, public safety, financial services and telecoms.

Plexal’s team based in Manchester are supporting government clients and innovation programmes from the office in Heron House embedded in the Digital Security Hub (DiSH).  Learn more about Plexal’s work with DiSH here.

Expanding on its existing presence in Manchester and London with the headquarters in Stratford which is a 68,000 square foot coworking space on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and a satellite space in Shoreditch, Plexal acquired a majority shareholding in Hub8 – the Cheltenham network of co-working spaces for cyber-tech, digital and creative startups and SMEs. This is part of an ongoing mission to build the UK’s most connected cyber ecosystem, with GCHQ’s more than 70-year heritage in Cheltenham.

Plexal delivers projects for key government departments and global tech companies including the National Cyber Security Centre, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Amazon Web Services and IBM. The NCSC For Startups alumni of over 60 companies has collectively raised over £430m and created over 700 jobs, while 72 cyber startups that have gone through Plexal’s LORCA accelerators have collectively raised over £300m, generated more than £68m in revenue and hired over 800 people. Discover our five key capabilities that underpin our innovation services here.


Plexal are actively recruiting for in Manchester. Please follow us on LinkedIn for the most up to date openings and find out more info about what its like working at Plexal on our Careers page. Being a member of the Plexal team means feeling empowered to experiment, test and create.  As a startup, we work in a fast-paced working environment that’s geared towards supporting innovators – people who are using technology and creativity to solve some of our biggest challenges.

But we’re also big believers in having a healthy work-life balance: we want everyone in our team to be themselves and live their best lives.

We have four values:


MISSION. We inherit the mission of UK government and deliver it in an agile and creative fashion.

COLLABORATION. We believe in the power of working together.

EQUALITY. We strengthen ourselves as a team by embracing the different.

CARE. People are at the heart of what we do; we care about our customers, members and colleagues.



Plexal are thrilled to sponsor the Innovation Track at Manchester Tech Festival. They look forward to collaborating, making new connections and showcasing innovative companies throughout the Greater Manchester tech ecosystem. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about the Innovation Track, opportunities to partner or to set up meetings with the Plexal team.