The founder of Manchester-based ANS Scott Fletcher has been named MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to business and the community in the North West.
ANS was started by Fletcher in a back bedroom in 1996 when he was 22 and has grown to employ 400 staff, with offices in both Manchester and London, and is now valued at the £100m mark with a turnover of £50m.
Fletcher was in the vanguard of those that spotted the potential of cloud computing and has pushed ANS in that direction and is also one of the leading advocates of the need to introduce the next generation into the workplace through apprenticeships.
"I have a passion for enterprise and I have always encouraged young people to start up businesses in fields they feel most passionate about. From a young age, I did anything to gain a bit of profit. I sold cockles and whelks in the East of Manchester and I even appeared on TV shows like Jossy’s Giants. I never went to University, but I certainly made sure my five years after school didn’t go to waste starting an apprenticeship (known as a YTS in those days) at the age of 17," he said.
Fletcher has won his fair share of awards for his business skills but said that he was "incredibly priviledged to be given this honour" to be awarded the MBE.
"When I was 22 years old, I had a vision to change the face of technology. With the World Wide Web taking shape, I knew I could offer something to businesses across the UK and abroad. So from my back bedroom in Droylsden, I started my own business, ANS," he said.
Fletcher has invested in a number of other businesses including Prymo, Wakelet, the UK Bond Network, crowd funded finance and Cloudsmart, a managed print and cloud-based postal system. Fletcher is also Chairman and lead investor in Godel Technologies and is currently looking at investments in People Experts, a HR and recruitment consultancy and Westlab, a salt distributor.