1495457596 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-05-22T11:53:16+00:00 <![CDATA[CBBC stars host live Summer Social at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/cbbc-stars-host-live-summer-social-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/cbbc-stars-host-live-summer-social-at-mediacityuk#When:11:53:16Z
Some of CBBC’s biggest stars, including Hacker T Dog, are presenting a live event at MediaCityUK on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July.
CBBC HQ stars Hacker, Karim, Lauren, Katie and Rhys will host the main stage and broadcast live on CBBC from the event on the MediaCityUK piazza.

Barney and Lindsey (Blue Peter), Naomi Wilkinson (Naomi's Nightmares Of Nature), Paddy Wilde and Jorja Douglas (Got What It Takes) will also be entertaining the crowds live on stage.

CBBC Summer Social, which is free to attend, will bring together top stars, the most amazing games and masterclasses with the teams behind some of CBBC’s biggest shows.

Children will have the chance to try exciting hands-on activities in an arts and crafts zone that teaches both material and digital creativity. There will be live science experiments hosted by CBBC’s Ultimate Brain and in BBC Learning’s Terrific Scientific Zone.

Match Of The Day Kickabout will give children the chance to test their footballing skills, with demonstrations from CBBC presenter and football freestyler John Farnworth. Sports fans can also learn more about commentating on a sports match from the BBC 5 live team. Shaun The Sheep’s Championsheeps will bring farmyard games for all the family and the Lawn Tennis Association will bring mini-tennis to the event.

There will also be an Awesome Author’s stage with a packed programme of live readings, author Q&As and talks aimed at inspiring the next generation of writers and storytellers. Dan Freedman (Jamie Johnson), Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) and Michael de Souza (Rastamouse) will all be appearing.

CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor says: “We hope you'll join us for the fabulous CBBC Summer Social 2017. We love meeting our audiences and this is going to be a very special weekend for children and their families to get involved with. If you're into sports, science, storytelling and creativity - we've got something just for you. Save the date and we look forward to seeing you at Media City in July."

For younger children there is a CBeebies zone, with a Go Jetters disco hosted by the coolest DJs in town, Go Jetters’ Ubercorn and Grandmaster Glitch. There’s also the chance to knit your own Clanger, workshops with the Royal Northern Ballet (choreographers of the recent CBeebies Goldilocks ballet) and appearances from many CBeebies characters.

CBBC Summer Social is open from 9am to 5.30pm on the MediaCityUK piazza on 8th and 9th July. No tickets are required and families can simply turn up on the day. Events are free, though there may be a queuing system in place at busy times.

For more information and updates visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/cbbc-summer-social

<![CDATA[CITV’s Share a Story returns for 2017!]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/citvs-share-a-story-returns-for-2017 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/citvs-share-a-story-returns-for-2017#When:14:18:19Z CITV’s BAFTA-winning competition, Share a Story, has returned to the channel and is looking for a new bunch of creative kids to make the leap from storytellers to filmmakers!

Opening during National Share a Story Month the competition is simple with children aged 5 to 12 years just needing to write and draw a short story.

Writers, animators and TV producers help select the four finalists in each age category with the talented winners announced following an online vote. The four lucky children will then have their stories turned into animations and broadcast on CITV in October half term.

To top off the prize the winning kids also visit ITV Manchester for a script workshop day with children’s author & poet Michael Rosen. Here they will also meet their animators to help direct the films and record their own voiceover.

Everything kids need to enter is available at itv.com/shareastory, including the storyboard and story page templates they need to complete. 

So get your young ones to embrace their inner story teller and let their imaginations run wild. 


<![CDATA[New digital health summit for Manchester announced at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/new-digital-health-summit-for-manchester-announced-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/new-digital-health-summit-for-manchester-announced-at-mediacityuk#When:13:19:26Z As Greater Manchester starts to enjoy more devolved powers to develop and deliver health and social care to residents, The Landing has announced details of a new two-day national digital health summit to be held at its MediaCityUK base on May 24th-25th.

Entitled Delivering the promise of digital health, and funded by the European Regional Development Programme, the event is primarily aimed at technology SMEs and health professionals interested in health tech. One of its key themes will be how the promise and potential of digital health solutions to help tackle major health and wellbeing issues - in both the UK and globally - can struggle to be realised due to a range of challenges and barriers.


These include issues around effectively engaging patients and non-patients positively in the development and delivery of more technology-based health services and treatments; successfully scaling-up digitally-driven pilot schemes and trials to be both effective in terms of wide-scale adoption and commercially sustainability; and how to collate and evaluate robust outcomes data to make the case for more investment in digital health research, and the roll-out of live services.


Keynote health practitioners and policy-makers speaking at the event will include:

  • Stephen Dobson, Chief Digital Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Chris Day, Director of Engagement, Care Quality Commission
  • Sarah Thew, Innovation and User Experience Manager, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN)
  • Dr Sunil Bhudia, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Lloyd Humphreys, VP Business Development, Patients Know Best
  • Paul Clitheroe, Digital Care & Innovation, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Mark Duman, Non-Executive Director, Patient Information Forum


These will be joined by number of international tech and investment experts who specialise in digital health business funding. These will include Savvas Neophytou, Partner, Head of Life Science, Deepbridge Capital LLP, and Robert Higginson, Co-Founder & Partner, Par Equity.


Also taking part in Delivering the promise of digital health will be some of the UK’s leading health technology innovators. These will include Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists from Google, members of IBM’s health diagnostic image team, and designers of surgical robots from the University of Warwick.


Some of the UK’s leading practitioners of Virtual Reality (VR) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology within healthcare will also be presenting papers and participating in discussion panels.


Jon Corner, Chief Executive of The Landing, said: “My vision is for The Landing to be a leading digital health hub for the North West and beyond, and we are already home to the PwC Future of Health accelerator.


“We have also invested substantially in AI, VR, user experience and IoT facilities which are specifically calibrated towards health tech and digital wellbeing products and services, and we recently installed some revolutionary 3D-printing technology in our maker space which can reproduce CT scans of bone fractures which mean surgeons to make crucial decisions before they pick up a scalpel.


“I’m therefore very proud that we have been given the chance to host and facilitate this conference centered around the challenges and opportunities offered by digital health and medical technology. This incredible line-up of speakers and delegates will explore not only the massive potential that technology offers us, in terms of both clinical and preventive care, but also look at how we get the technology out of the lab and into our hospitals, GP surgeries and homes.”


Sarah Thew, Innovation and User Experience Manager for the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science network (GM AHSN), who are delivering the Greater Manchester DataWell project, an innovative digital infrastructure enabling doctors and care professionals to share and view patient data, said: “With so much great work going on around Greater Manchester in driving innovation and technology is areas such as healthcare, it’s fitting that this national summit is being hosted at The Landing in the heart of MediaCityUK.


“I’m really looking forward to sharing our experiences and insights with other practitioners, designers and technologists in looking at best practice in successfully embedding health technology into our everyday lives safely, ethically and economically, with two days of debate, discussion and collaboration between leading experts within the digital health sector.”


Tickets to Delivering the promise of digital health are free but limited. For more details, or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/delivering-the-promise-of-digital-health-tickets-33581693750

<![CDATA[MediaCityUK provides staircase to Tomorrow with three more deals]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-provides-staircase-to-tomorrow-with-three-more-deals http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-provides-staircase-to-tomorrow-with-three-more-deals#When:13:17:15Z MediaCityUK’s new creative and tech workspace, Tomorrow, is celebrating the arrival of three new occupiers to the award-winning scheme.

StreamAMG, Fuzzy Duck Creative and ZEAL Creative are all existing MediaCityUK SMEs growing their businesses, and the latest creative and tech companies to sign for space in the state-of-the-art building.

Experiencing rapid expansion since joining MediaCityUK in 2012, online media and video streaming specialist, StreamAMG is taking 2,233 sq ft on the second floor, to accommodate its team of up to 25.

Matt McKiernan, Director of Sport, StreamAMG said: “We are really excited to be moving in to Tomorrow. This is a key milestone in our journey at MediaCityUK and being involved in a connectivity consultation during the building’s design phase means we know the space has the best possible communications facilities for our business to succeed.”

Fuzzy Duck, formerly based in MediaCityUK’s The Greenhouse and the creative agency behind Tomorrow’s virtual reality marketing campaign, will take 2,006 sq ft of space for its team of 16.

Dave Hartill, Creative Director of Fuzzy Duck, said: “In just over two years at MediaCityUK, we’ve been really impressed by the creative and collaborative atmosphere here, and the move to Tomorrow feels like a natural progression from our previous office in The Greenhouse. Our creative work for Tomorrow gave us a real insight into how dynamic and creative the space would be, so it’s great to see the VR become a reality and, in turn, the new home for our agency.”

Integrated marketing agency, ZEAL Creative, formerly based in The Landing at MediaCityUK will take 1,816 sq ft on the second floor of Tomorrow, having more than doubled its workforce in the last 12 months from 11 to 28.

Lynn Haime, Asset Manager at MediaCityUK said: “It’s great to see Tomorrow providing the next stepping stone for our tenants who are ready to progress to more permanent spaces as a result of successful operations in their initial locations at MediaCityUK. Also, we’re getting noticed by new industry creatives and digital entrepreneurs who recognise Tomorrow as the place to be and want to get involved – it’s a very exciting time for us.”

The new deals come as Tomorrow was recently awarded Commercial Workplace of the Year at the British Council for Offices Awards 2017.

Lynn said: “Tomorrow is thriving as our flagship technology and creative hub, and we are delighted to have won this award in conjunction with architects, Chapman Taylor. There’s plenty more in the pipeline, with more new tenants, and pay-per-minute sitting room and co-working space, Ziferblat, which has just opened this month, so we’re look forward to continuing the success.”

For more information on flexible office space at MediaCityUK, please contact Lynn Haime on 0161 886 5300 or lynn.haime@mediacityuk.co.uk

<![CDATA[The ITV Leaders’ Debate returns to dock10 at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-itv-leaders-debate-returns-to-dock10-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-itv-leaders-debate-returns-to-dock10-at-mediacityuk#When:10:34:53Z ITV confirmed today that the dock10 studios at MediaCityUK will be the venue for The ITV Leaders’ Debate, which will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm on Thursday May 18th.


Moderated by ITV News anchor Julie Etchingham, the primetime broadcast will offer viewers the opportunity to see leaders engaging directly in debate on significant election questions, put to them by members of the audience.  


Invited are the leaders of the seven parties that were represented in the 2015 ITV Leaders’ Debate – the Conservatives, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.


The invitation remains open to all seven party leaders until the debate goes on air. The stage will have the right number of podiums for leaders who attend on the night.


In line with previous ITV debates, leaders will be able to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate.


During the live debate, leaders will address questions posed by the studio audience.


The format will allow each leader to give an uninterrupted answer to each question, before the debate is opened to moderated discussion between the leaders.


The debate will address substantial election questions with enough time allocated for a proper free flowing debate between the leaders.


ITV has asked the audience for their questions, as well as ITV viewers, who have been asked to submit questions via election@itv.com.


An experienced editorial panel is selecting the questions which go through to the debate on the night. The questions will not be seen by the leaders in advance.


There will be one break for leaders during the live broadcast, and ITV will go to a commercial break to facilitate this.

<![CDATA[Construction is completed on The Alchemist at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/construction-is-completed-on-the-alchemist-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/construction-is-completed-on-the-alchemist-at-mediacityuk#When:09:54:02Z Bolton-based boutique construction specialist Artez Group celebrated the completion of construction works on The Alchemist in MediaCityUK on Friday 12 May, with its golden top out event.

Artez hosted the event on the site, which sits on the bridge that links MediaCityUK to The Lowry, alongside developer MediaCityUK – a joint venture between the Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital.

Guests were invited to a sneak preview of the £1.7 million scheme before it’s handed over to Living Ventures to be transformed into trendy bar and restaurant, The Alchemist.

In addition, the story of the futuristic building – from its inception and design to the complex build process – was relayed to guests. The presentation was made by Mike Banton, managing director at Artez; Stephen Wild, managing director at MediaCityUK; Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist; and Marion Room, associate director at Reid Architects.

Mike Banton said: “The design and concept for the building by Reid Architects was stunning and I think it’s safe to say the execution does it justice. It’s like a palatial, golden spaceship has landed in Salford Quays!”

Stephen Wild added: “This is an iconic, statement building which makes the most of its stunning location, overlooking the MediaCityUK waterfront. As the landscape here continues to evolve, The Alchemist will bring a stylish food and drink offer to the mix, adding to the vibrant destination we are creating.”

The building features a gold-clad roof and walls externally and a terrace, which cantilevers out over the canal, creating a sophisticated waterside al fresco drinks and dining space. 

The next phase of work will see the fit-out of the bar and a 100 cover restaurant.

Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist said: “When plans were first created for this site, it was immediately apparent the building would make a bold statement and this most certainly is the case. We’re delighted to now begin transforming the interior into a welcoming and vibrant space for all who visit MediaCityUK.”

Speaking of the development, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said: “Salford’s food and drink offer continues to grow and develop within the city and I welcome the latest bar and restaurant at MediaCityUK.

“The Alchemist’s decision to make Salford their latest home naturally makes a contribution to Salford Quays and our local labour market, creating even more jobs for local people.”

The Alchemist is due to open its doors to the public in August 2017. 

<![CDATA[Salford outperforms London as the UK’s hotspot for startup growth in 2017]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/salford-outperforms-london-as-the-uks-hotspot-for-startup-growth-in-2017 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/salford-outperforms-london-as-the-uks-hotspot-for-startup-growth-in-2017#When:10:07:19Z Salford has outranked both London and Manchester to become the UK’s top city for starting a new business.

Research by DueDil, the company information platform, has revealed that Salford is the one to watch, producing 1,393 new startups in the first quarter of this year. Beating major UK cities, Salford experienced an impressive startup growth rate of 85.49% for the same period in 2016.

The news was welcomed by Stephen Wild, managing director of MediaCityUK, which is home to a number of business clusters such as The Landing and The Greenhouse, helping to create an environment for startups.

Stephen said: “We have long recognised the innovation which happens here in Salford and it’s really great to see this being shown to a wider audience.

“At MediaCityUK, we have been working with a whole host of startups. Since we opened The Pie Factory in 2007, and as other spaces such as The Landing, The Greenhouse and more recently Tomorrow have opened, we have seen this go from strength to strength.

“What’s really exciting is the spread we are seeing – naturally we attract startups in TV and media, because of the strong opportunities to collaborate with companies such as dock10, BBC and ITV, and this is a real bonus."

He added: "But we also work with startups across a range of other sectors; recent examples include the medical technology sector, where we launched a digital health initiative with PwC.

“We are also seeing an increase in gaming companies, people working in virtual and augmented reality, and fashion startups. This plethora of creatives makes MediaCityUK and Salford a really exciting place to be.”

Following in second place was Leicester, which experienced a healthy startup growth rate of 34.45% YoY. Joining Salford and Leicester in the top 5 for UK’s startup growth hotspots are Norwich, Liverpool, and Oxford.

London experienced a modest startup growth rate of 5.12% YoY. However, despite failing to clinch a spot in the top five for startup growth, London continued to produce more startups than anywhere else in the UK, with 57,235 new companies starting up in the capital in the first quarter of 2017.

Despite comparatively slower growth, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Leeds are the top producers of startups during the period of January to March 2017.

Overall 173,100 new companies started up in the UK between January and March 2017, representing an overall decrease from the same period in 2016.

Justin Fitzpatrick, COO and Co-Founder of DueDil said, “Interestingly, just a handful of the UK’s major cities made the overall top 20 for startup growth, with cities such as London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds all absent from the top rankings, suggesting that they are slowly losing their grip on their status as the UK’s startup growth.” He added, “The overall decrease in startup growth across the UK, is perhaps demonstrating a cautious attitude towards enterprise with Brexit looming. Banks and alternative finance providers have an opportunity to play a role in growth through investment.”

<![CDATA[Social enterprise feeds success with #StartMeUp Pitch win ]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/social-enterprise-feeds-success-with-startmeup-pitch-win http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/social-enterprise-feeds-success-with-startmeup-pitch-win#When:09:58:40Z Serviced office provider Orega has announced that social enterprise Foodinate is the winner of its #StartMeUp Pitch competition, receiving six months of free office space in Blue Tower at MediaCityUK.

Foodinate, founded by Caroline Stevenson, partners with restaurants and food-giving charities to enable diners to donate meals for the homeless by simply ordering a Foodinate-selected drink or meal at no extra cost. In Manchester, for every Foodinate meal sold, a meal is provided to a food-giving charity in the same area, ensuring meals are served to people in need in the same community.

The other worthy finalists included Key Talent Personnel, Floggl, Mike Russ Entertainments (MRE) Group Ltd. and DadShed.

The #StartMeUp Pitch, which launched last November, asked local businesses to submit short business pitches online, with Orega selecting five companies from the hopefuls to present face-to-face, Dragons Den style. Judges Carole Fossey, Founder of carolefossey.co.uk and socialmediastrategy.co.uk, Mark Robinson, Head of Asset Management at MediaCityUK, Zachary Douglas, Managing Director of Orega and Emma Cheshire, founder of Futurelabs and CEO of dotforge.co.uk had the tricky task of choosing a winner to move into a prestigious MediaCityUK office.

Zachary Douglas explained the thinking behind the competition: "We recently introduced a coworking space called The Blue Room and we wanted to introduce start-ups and small businesses to the space. We had no idea what to expect and it's been a real journey for the judges and finalists.”

Mark Robinson said: “We were so impressed by the enthusiasm and passion that each of the candidates showed for their respective businesses. We felt that Caroline and Foodinate deserved to win as she was the most accomplished all-round candidate and had the most ripe business for scaling up now, and therefore the greatest need for the Orega office.”

Carole Fossey added: “Caroline knocked her presentation out of the park and her understanding of what was needed to take the business to the next level was very clear.”

Caroline Stevenson of Foodinate said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the Orega #StartMeUp Pitch! I launched Foodinate just over 12 months ago as a means to impact food poverty in the UK. It's been an incredible journey. Not only does winning this competition signal a monumental and potentially game-changing point in that journey, but it's the best first birthday celebration Foodinate could have asked for! I am confident that having such an amazing resource will help us massively in our missions to grow and expand our impact over the coming months.”

Zachary Douglas concluded: "Everyone really enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing where the businesses are in a few months' time. There will be more from #StartMeUp in the future."

You can find out more about Foodinate’s work here: http://foodinate.co.uk/

<![CDATA[dock10 announces major expansion of Post Production facility]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-announces-major-expansion-of-post-production-facility http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-announces-major-expansion-of-post-production-facility#When:08:47:08Z dock10, the UK's leading television facility in MediaCityUK, has announced a significant expansion of its high-end post production capabilities. Building on last year's extensive development of the boutique facility 'The Quay', this latest extension enables dock10 to cater for an increased demand from the agency and corporate markets.

The Quay's enlarged capacity allows dock10 to fully integrate everyone joining from the recently acquired post production house 422. Their addition to dock10's talented team brings particular specialisms in creative audio, visual effects (VFX), graphics, animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The facility is already specially equipped to support top-quality video production and now also includes two new Flame Premium suites, a Lustre grading suite, four dedicated VFX suites, a 10-person graphics studio and two new state-of-the-art dubbing suites-both with Pro Tools S6 M40 desks.

Paul Austin, dock10's Head of Post Production, said: "Our investments have built a facility that utilises cutting-edge technology and provides Creative Directors with talented and passionate people committed to producing fresh, innovative and exciting work."

Damien Lynch, Head of VFX Operations, added: "This is a very exciting time as we bring together all the creative excellence of 422, Edit 19 and dock10 into an amazing pool of commercial talent. Creative Directors are looking to push the boundaries with imaginative new ideas, and at dock10 we have established a dream team that is already delivering brilliant results for some fantastic customers."

<![CDATA[MediaCityUK opens first ever healthy eating cafe]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-opens-first-ever-healthy-eating-cafe http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-opens-first-ever-healthy-eating-cafe#When:08:05:31Z MediaCityUK is set to launch its first ever healthy eating concept, Nutri Bar, a healthy fast food bar that is taking the North West casual dining scene by storm.

Located on The Splat in front of The Greenhouse at the heart of MediaCityUK, Nutri Bar will serve healthy, nutritious breakfasts as well as custom-made lunches, which customers can build with a choice of bases, proteins, toppings and dressings.

Following huge success at its first venue in Bolton (pictured), Nutri Bar will open its flagship location at MediaCityUK, offering workers, visitors and residents healthy and delicious mealtime options.

Launching on Monday 15th May, Nutri Bar will be open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 3pm, with a dine-in restaurant seating around 18 people, or a takeaway option.

Ollie Birchall, owner of Nutri Bar said: “Our aim is to make it easier for people to buy genuinely healthy food, on-the-go, at a reasonable price. We want to make healthy food exciting, enjoyable and, above all, tasty.”

“The healthy eating concept has grown in popularity in recent years and we are excited to bring it to the people of MediaCityUK.”

Nutri Bar’s varied menu includes customer favourites like delicious protein pancakes for just £4.99, and protein-packed lunchboxes for £6.99. The new dining offer is sure to be a hit among the health-conscious MediaCityUK community.

Gemma Luty, property asset manager at MediaCityUK said: “MediaCityUK is an ideal location for Nutri Bar as there is already an appetite for healthy options, fuelled by fitness clubs and gym classes happening nearby, plus a wealth of office workers looking to make healthy choices without compromising on taste.”

“We are always looking to diversify our food and drink offer here and the healthy eating concept is something we are keen to promote, so we look forward to bringing Nutri Bar on board.”

Nutri Bar is launching with a series of special offers and giveaways for MediaCityUK social media followers. Keep up to date and get involved by following @MediaCityUK and @NutriBarMCUK on Twitter.

For more information and to see the full Nutri Bar menu, visit: http://nutri-bar.co.uk/