School of Coding & AI


The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023

The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023

Manny Athwal, recognised as One to Watch in The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2023 created by trusted investment partner LDC – part of Lloyds Banking Group, and supported by The Times, The LDC Top 50 champions the business leaders who are pushing for growth and building successful medium-sized businesses. These business leaders are instrumental in shaping the future of the UK’s economy through their innovative approaches and relentless drive.

This year’s nominations were of an exceptionally high calibre and the competition was fierce, showcasing the drive and determination that unites business leaders across the UK. The leaders featured in The LDC Top 50 are growing their businesses at home and overseas, making a positive contribution to society and driving progress against their sustainability goals. They are setting new standards in their industries, demonstrating remarkable resilience and innovation, and their stories serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Ones to Watch are leaders making great strides and growing their businesses. They are excelling in their industries and making a positive impact on customers and employees, yet still show so much potential for future growth. Theey are the vanguard of their fields, continuously pushing boundaries and achieving significant milestones. Their commitment to excellence and forward-thinking approaches are what make them stand out as exemplary business leaders.

School of Coding & AI is the UK’s biggest coding and computer science educator. Working in partnership with three major universities and over 100 primary and secondary schools in the UK, School of Coding & AI delivers after school clubs and coding workshops to engage, inspire and create tech leaders of tomorrow from a young age. The initiative aims to nurture the next generation by equipping them with essential tech skills. By fostering a culture of innovation and creativity, School of Coding & AI is preparing young minds to become the business leaders of the future.

Manny said: “To be recognised in the LDC Most Ambitious Business Leaders list for 2023 is a huge honour. I started what was originally School of Coding with the mission to improve the delivery of coding and computer science across the country for people from all backgrounds. Now we have expanded to include AI as well as launching the sister School of Cyber Security”. Manny’s vision is to create an environment where future business leaders can thrive and contribute significantly to the tech industry. His dedication to education and innovation is paving the way for the next generation of business leaders.

School of Coding & AI, while not securing victory in the LDC awards, did earn a notable mention as ‘ones to watch’ in The Times newspaper. This recognition highlights the potential and dedication of emerging business leaders within the tech education sector. The acknowledgment serves as a testament to the impact that they are making in their respective fields.

John Garner, Managing Partner at LDC, said: “We started The LDC Top 50 six years ago to champion the remarkable success stories of medium-sized businesses, the unsung heroes of the British economy. Since then, we’ve received more than 3,000 nominations and celebrated more than 500 business leaders through the programme, surpassing all our expectations. 

The stories behind this year’s Ones to Watch really captured our attention and I’d like to congratulate them on their achievements so far. We’ve no doubt that this is only the beginning for each and every one of them!” Garner’s remarks emphasize the critical role that they play in driving the economy forward. His insights underscore the importance of recognizing and supporting the contributions who are making significant strides in their industries.

You can find out more information on this year’s LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme here:


Winners Of The Nachural Summer Business Awards For The Excellence In Technologies Category!


School of Coding & AI Wins Nachural Summer Business Award for Excellence in Technologies

The School of Coding & AI has proudly secured the prestigious Nachural Summer Business Award for Excellence in Technologies. This accolade highlights the institution’s outstanding contributions and innovative strides in the field of technology education.

Recognizing Excellence in Technologies

The Nachural Summer Business Awards are renowned for celebrating businesses that demonstrate exceptional performance and innovation. The Excellence in Technologies category specifically honors organizations that have made significant advancements in technological fields, showcasing creativity, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, and the impact on the community.

A Landmark Achievement

Winning the Nachural Summer Business Award is a testament to the School of Coding & AI’s commitment to delivering high-quality technology education. The school has been at the forefront of introducing young minds to the world of coding, artificial intelligence, and other technological disciplines, preparing them for a future driven by innovation.

Empowering the Next Generation

The School of Coding & AI offers a range of programs aimed at children aged 7-13, focusing on engaging and interactive learning experiences. From creating games in Python and making websites to exploring virtual reality worlds and flying drones, the school provides a comprehensive curriculum that ignites curiosity and fosters a love for technology.

The Path to Success

The institution’s success can be attributed to its dedicated team of educators and its mission to make technology accessible and enjoyable for all students. By integrating hands-on activities such as playing games with micro


and participating in tech clubs, the School of Coding & AI ensures that learning is both fun and effective.

Looking Ahead

As the winner of the Nachural Summer Business Award for Excellence in Technologies, the School of Coding & AI is poised to continue its journey of innovation and excellence. This recognition serves as an inspiration to further expand its programs and reach even more students, shaping the tech leaders of tomorrow.

The School of Coding & AI’s victory in the Nachural Summer Business Award underscores its pivotal role in the educational landscape, reaffirming its position as a leader in technology education. The award not only celebrates past achievements but also sets the stage for a future filled with continued success and groundbreaking advancements.


Signature Awards (Birmingham) 2023 – Winner

School of Coding & AI Wins Signature Awards (Birmingham) 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the School of Coding & AI has been honored with the prestigious Signature Award at the 2023 Birmingham event. This accolade is a testament to our dedication and excellence in providing cutting-edge education in coding and artificial intelligence.

Commitment to Excellence

At the School of Coding & AI, our mission has always been to empower students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the digital age. Our comprehensive curriculum, experienced instructors, and hands-on approach have set us apart in the field of tech education. Winning the Signature Award underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality, impactful education.

Innovative Programs

Our programs are designed to cater to a wide range of students, from beginners to advanced learners. We offer courses in Python programming, web development, micro


projects, virtual reality exploration, and drone flying. These activities not only make learning fun but also prepare students for future technological advancements.

Impact on the Community

The recognition from the Signature Awards is not just an achievement for our institution but also a celebration of our community’s progress. We are proud to have made a significant impact on students’ lives, helping them build confidence and competence in coding and AI. Our success is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, and staff.

Looking Ahead

Winning the Signature Award motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of tech education. We are excited to introduce new programs and initiatives that will further enhance our students’ learning experiences. As we look to the future, we remain committed to fostering a love for coding and AI in young minds, preparing them to become the innovators of tomorrow.

Join Us

We invite parents and students to join us at the School of Coding & AI and be part of our award-winning journey. Explore our various programs designed for kids aged 7-13, including:

  • Creating games in Python
  • Making websites
  • Playing games like hide and seek with micro
  • Exploring virtual reality worlds
  • Flying drones

With flexible options and expert guidance, we provide an environment where learning is fun, engaging, and impactful.

Celebrating Success Together

This incredible achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our dedicated team, passionate students, and enthusiastic parents. Their collective effort and belief in our vision have been instrumental in our journey to winning the Signature Award. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of the School of Coding & AI family. As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to continuing our mission of inspiring and educating the next generation of tech innovators.


School Of Coding & AI Shortlisted For West Midlands Business Of The Year Awards!

West Midlands Business of the Year Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the School of Coding & AI has been shortlisted for the esteemed West Midlands Business of the Year Awards! This significant achievement spans several categories, highlighting our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and making a meaningful impact in the community.

1. Community Impact: Connecting Lives, Transforming Futures

At the School of Coding & AI, our dedication to coding education extends far beyond the classroom. Being shortlisted for the West Midlands Business of the Year Awards in the Community Impact category is a testament to our efforts in driving positive change within the communities we serve. This recognition celebrates our commitment to creating opportunities and fostering a sense of belonging through coding and technology education. It reflects the collective efforts of our team to connect lives and transform futures, underscoring the profound impact of our initiatives.

2. Family Business: Nurturing Growth, Building on Tradition

We are also honoured to be nominated in the ‘Family Business’ category of the West Midlands Business of the Year Awards. Founded by Manny Athwal, the School of Coding & AI began as a family venture, rooted in traditional values and a shared vision. This nomination acknowledges our dedication to nurturing growth and strengthening connections within our educational family. Our journey, characterised by the absence of external investments, highlights our commitment to fostering a close-knit, thriving coding community. This accolade celebrates the family spirit that has been instrumental in our success and growth.

3. Fast Growth Business: Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Leaders

The West Midlands Business of the Year Awards recognition in the ‘Fast Growth Business’ category underscores our adaptability and innovative approach. Our rapid expansion, not only in coding but across various domains, demonstrates the trust our community places in us. We are not merely keeping pace with industry trends but setting new benchmarks for the future. The School of Coding & AI has doubled its revenue year on year, reflecting our dedication to nurturing the next generation of tech leaders and innovators. This recognition highlights our role in shaping the future through rapid growth and innovation.


4. Embracing Innovation: Leading by Example

Our nomination for the West Midlands Business of the Year Awards also highlights our commitment to embracing innovation. In an ever-evolving tech landscape, we strive to stay ahead of the curve by integrating cutting-edge technologies and educational methodologies. Our innovative approach is not just about keeping up with trends but about setting new standards in coding education. From incorporating the latest advancements in AI to pioneering new teaching techniques, our focus on innovation ensures that our students are well-prepared for the future. This recognition reaffirms our role as leaders in the field, driving progress and excellence in every aspect of our work.

5. A Bright Future Ahead: Building on Success

As we celebrate this nomination for the West Midlands Business of the Year Awards, we are also looking towards the future with optimism and enthusiasm. The journey thus far has been marked by significant achievements and milestones, and this recognition is a testament to our collective hard work and dedication.

 Moving forward, we are committed to building on this success by continuing to deliver exceptional educational experiences and expanding our impact. Our vision is to inspire and equip even more young minds with the skills they need to thrive in a digital world. With the support of our community and the momentum from this accolade, we are excited to embark on the next chapter of our journey and achieve new heights together.

Sharing the Success: A Collective Achievement

Our success in being shortlisted for the West Midlands Business of the Year Awards is a shared victory. It is a reflection of the unwavering support from our community—our students, their families, partners, and everyone who has been part of our journey. This honour belongs to all of us. As we await the final results with anticipation, let us celebrate this milestone together and reflect on the progress we’ve made. The future holds exciting possibilities, and we are eager to continue this journey with you.

Thank you for being an integral part of the School of Coding & AI family. Stay tuned for further updates as we look forward to celebrating this remarkable achievement together.


School Of Coding Manny Athwal, Winner Of Prestigious Award July 2023

School of Codings CEO, Manny Athwal has proudly been selected for Excellence in Technology Award at the Nachural Summer Business Award.

The man who founded Britain’s largest coding and computer science educator after losing his job in the City and wondering how he would provide for his young family are now winners of the Excellence in Technology award for their business School of Coding.

Manny Athwal picked up the honour at Birmingham’s Signature Awards this July.

His company, School of Coding, based in Wolverhampton, was named as a finalist in the Excellence in Technology category as well as being shortlisted for the Innovation Award by the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards Ceremony 2023 and LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023. To be announced later this year.

School of Coding was founded by Manny in 2017, and since then he and his wife Sandeep have taken the company from their bedroom to a multi-office organisation with plans to create more than 100 new jobs in the next three years and reach £50m turnover within the next five years.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded Excellence in Technology Year at the Signature Awards. It is a fantastic testament to what we have and are trying to achieve here at School of Coding. Our plans for School of Coding are limitless, what we are trying to achieve here helps everyone’s future. – Manny Athwal, CEO

“Although we are still a relatively young company, we have already made great strides in the education sector and through our work with the UK government and other major organisations such as Toyota, the European Council and JP Morgan, DWP and newly formed FSE and MEIF. – Manny Athwal, CEO

School of Coding teaches over 5,000 students each month, working with major universities and over 150 schools and colleges across the UK.


Manny Athwal, Awarded For Innovation From The Institute Of Directors (IoD)

Manny Athwal, the esteemed CEO of School of Coding & AI, was announced winner of the Innovation Award during the Institute of Directors (IoD) Annual Awards ceremony in London this month.

Manny Athwal has long been recognised as a pioneering figure for Coding and Computer Science education. His commitment to new concepts and his ability to transform them into projects that span internationally is phenomenal.

Among the awards they’ve received are the prestigious title of “Entrepreneur of The Year” at Birmingham’s Signature Awards, a distinguished recognition in the “Excellence In Technologies” category at the Nachural Summer Business Awards, and being selected as a winner for the “Director of the Year” in the Innovation category by the Institute of Directors. It doesn’t stop there! They have also clinched finalist spots in two categories for Birmingham’s Signature Awards, two more for the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, and an additional finalist position in one category for LDC. With nominations spanning three distinct awards and a total of eight categories, this individual’s outstanding accomplishments in the business world have garnered well-deserved recognition on multiple fronts.

The IoD Innovation Award serves as a powerful testament to Manny’s extraordinary journey, which was not without its struggles. It reflects his exceptional leadership and the solid innovative spirit that have propelled the organisation to unprecedented heights. Despite facing adversity, including times when he hit rock bottom while striving to support his family, Manny’s resilience and determination shine through in his role as a forward-thinking leader. His personal experiences have not only made him receptive to change but have also instilled in him a profound motivation to inspire others to do the same.

Furthermore, Manny’s dedication to innovation extends far beyond the School of Coding. It’s a commitment born from the challenges he faced, particularly during those tough times. His experiences have moulded him into a prominent figure within the leadership business community. He actively participates in industry events and engages in mentoring programs, drawing from his own experiences to share his expertise and inspire others to think creatively and overcome obstacles with unwavering determination.

Take a listen to the podcast featuring Manny as a guest speaker which talks about his journey.


School Of Coding & AI Wins Employer Of The Year At Black Country Business Awards 2023!

We School of Coding & AI have once again proven our excellence in shaping the future of technology and fostering a dynamic learning environment. We are thrilled to announce that we have been honoured with the Employer of the Year award at the highly esteemed Black Country Chamber Business Awards 2023! This achievement is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and driving innovation in the fields of coding and artificial intelligence.

Excellence in Education

We have consistently set ourselves apart as a leading institution in the ever-evolving landscape of technology education. This recognition as the Employer of the Year further solidifies its dedication to providing top-notch learning experiences for aspiring developers and AI enthusiasts.

Innovative Teaching Methods

Our success can be attributed to its innovative teaching methods, which combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on, practical experience. By integrating real-world projects and industry-relevant curriculum, we ensure that our students are well-equipped to meet the demands of the rapidly advancing tech industry.

Building a Strong Community

One of the key factors that contributed to our success in winning the Employer of the Year award is its emphasis on building a strong community. We foster collaboration among students, faculty, and industry professionals, creating a network that extends beyond the classroom.


At the Black Country Chamber Business Awards 2023, Sandeep Athwal, School of Coding & AI’s Director adds, “I’m thrilled to share that last night, School of Coding & AI received the prestigious ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the Black Country Chamber Business Awards event. We’ve put in considerable effort to create and enforce policies ensuring the happiness of our staff during their time with us. It’s incredibly rewarding to have our commitment recognised within the county”.

The Black Country Chamber Business Awards 2023 provided a platform to celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses in the region, and it is honoured to be among the prestigious award recipients. This recognition not only reflects our dedication to excellence but also highlights its positive impact on the local and global tech communities.