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Digital Security Hub Manchester

Introducing DiSH

The Digital Security Hub (DiSH) is an innovative and collaborative ecosystem based in the heart of Manchester. It presents a unique and inclusive opportunity for Lancaster University to have a significant presence in Manchester and work with world-leading organisations such as Barclays, Plexal, University of Manchester and GCHQ, as well as a platform to engage across Greater Manchester.

The DISH offers support to startups and growing digital security businesses with access to mentors and coaching, and dedicated growth programmes through the consortium partners. In addition, DiSH will inspire and educate the future workforce by offering cyber and digital skills workshops working with local primary schools, colleges and employers.

The development – for which Lancaster is the lead academic partner – will help foster innovation and growth in the UK’s digital and cyber security sectors, with aims to support 500 new start-ups and create more than 1,000 jobs locally.

The DiSH is headquartered in an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art space in Manchester's city centre, at Heron House, but is accessible virtually from anywhere. The site includes co-working or private office space for businesses and entrepreneurs and provides access to networking opportunities, business growth programmes and industry expert mentors.

The consortium of partners appointed by Manchester City Council to create the DiSH, including Lancaster University, Barclays Eagle Labs, Plexal and The University of Manchester, are also providing a range of cyber and digital educational initiatives from the site.

What's happening at DiSH?

Check back to see the recent and upcoming events hosted out of the Hub.

How to Get Involved

Manchester is a growing digital city and the DiSH presents a unique opportunity for colleagues from Lancaster to become an active part of the ecosystem. Colleagues are invited to join the developing community and take part in the wide array of activities that are being developed to be delivered. Here is just a few examples of how you might wish to get involved and use the space:

  • Event space
  • Guest lectures
  • Masterclasses
  • Outreach
  • Research collaboration
  • Remote working
  • and more...

Of course, we are open to ideas and encourage you to contact us for an informal discussion about how best to use the space through the button below.

NCSC Resources

Check NCSC Resources for some of the resources developed and published by the National Cyber Security Centre

We are very excited to be working with our DiSH partners to support the growth of the cyber community in the region. This represents the next step in supporting the development of the emergent North West Cyber Corridor and the creation of a thriving regional cyber research and innovation ecosystem

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The DiSH Ecosystem

A brief insight into the support available through our community. Would you like to become part of this ecosystem?

Mentoring & Coaching

From leading entrepreneurs, digital security industry professionals, and academics.

Events & Workshops

An extensive digital security and cyber tech events programme, workshops and meet-ups.

A Likeminded Community

An inspiring and collaborative community of digital security and cyber tech businesses.

Learning & Insights

Explore digital and cyber security content from our industry partners. 


Get access to support and insights from our renowned industry partners.

Centred in Manchester

Based in the heart of the Greater Manchester a digital security ecosystem to provide workspace and trusted connections for local entrepreneurs.

Get Involved

If you would like to find out more about how to engage with DISH or its partners, or how to access the site, then please get in touch for an informal discussion.

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