1502980640 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-08-17T13:37:20+00:00 <![CDATA[Equinox shoots film for Adidas PureBOOST]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/equinox-shoots-film-for-adidas-pureboost http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/equinox-shoots-film-for-adidas-pureboost#When:13:37:20Z Equinox has revealed its latest promotional film for Adidas running shoes, PureBOOST DPR and the UltraBOOST X.

 Equinox, based in Blue at MediaCityUK, filmed over two days, in carefully selected locations around Manchester’s Northern Quarter and Peel’s Liverpool Waters.

PureBOOST DPR delivers the unpredictable surroundings imposed by the urban environment of the Northern Quarter, and shows the runner enjoying a real, raw, street running experience. "Feel the Street."

UltraBOOST X, filmed at Liverpool Waters, this film boasts the unprecedented comfort of the carefully engineered running shoes. "Expect, Exceed, Exhaust, Repeat."

Watch now, to see if you can spot our local Northern featured locations. 


<![CDATA[Phoenix Digital offers Lite at the end of the tunnel for start-ups]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/phoenix-digital-offers-lite-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-for-start-ups http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/phoenix-digital-offers-lite-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-for-start-ups#When:09:50:48Z MediaCity’s Phoenix Digital is launching a new service aimed at business start-ups and sole-traders who want an affordable, professional digital presence, which they can customise, update easily and get tech support from their team of developers.

Co-founders and Manchester marketing veterans Davinia Hamilton-Maddox and Chris Gibson, have unveiled Phoenix Lite this week, where embryo brands can buy a website for a one-off price of £300 plus £25 a month for hosting and with a free technical helpline.

“We saw there was a real gap in the market for professional websites, which can be personalised but more importantly managed easily by businesses to update their own content, without the need for a PhD in IT, so they can maximise SEO and other marketing initiatives,” said 39-year-old Davinia.

“It’s not only the ease of content management system (CMS) that sets Phoenix Lite apart from other offers, but the standard of design and quality of build.

“You get the clout of over 40 years’ digital experience in the layout and everything else can be customised such as text, images and colour. It’s aimed at start-ups and young businesses who want that professional digital presence, for a one-off cost with ongoing technical support, but don’t have the deep pockets of bigger brands yet.”

Phoenix Lite is the latest innovation from the duo that launched the agency just a year ago. With some 40 years’ joint marketing experience behind them working for big agencies including ConnectPoint, MKP, Gyro and McCann, Phoenix Digital blends Davinia’s brand know-how with Chris’s web development background.

“Our focus is to offer senior expertise and a hands-on approach combined with the agility you just don’t get from big agencies. Phoenix Lite is a logical progression for us and we already have clients wanting to take up the offer,” added Davinia.

“It’s an entry level initative, ideal for start-ups to work with us and as they grow we can manage and add to their digital needs.”

Specialising in web development and user experience, the agency already has an impressive portfolio of clients including Argos, building a customer support website for the retail giant that was recently nominated for both a Big Chip and Prolific North award.

They now handle ongoing SEO and UX for Argos as well as working on a range of digital marketing campaigns for Joseph Holt Brewery, BBC Children in Need, The European Environmental Bureau, Skillsoft, Diane Harrison, London Craniofacial Unit and Russell & Russell Solicitors.

For further information on Phoenix Lite visit www.phoenixlite.com. And as an introductory promotion, they are offering two-months free hosting for those who sign up for a year.

For further information on Phoenix Digital visit http://www.phoenixdigital.agency/.

<![CDATA[Viridor and MediaCityUK renew partnership in three-year deal]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/viridor-and-mediacityuk-renew-partnership-in-three-year-deal http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/viridor-and-mediacityuk-renew-partnership-in-three-year-deal#When:09:43:15Z  Viridor and MediaCityUK have renewed their partnership in a three-year contract

 The seven-days-a-week contract sees Viridor collect an annual average of 210 tonnes of card/paper, 170 tonnes co-mingled mixed recycling and 800 tonnes of general waste.

 Viridor Logistics, Collections & Fleet Managing Director Mark Woods said:  “Viridor is proud to be continuing our waste management partnership with MediaCityUK for a further three years, our unique split-body vehicle enables us to maximise their recycling potential, maintain a landfill diversion solution whilst significantly reducing carbon emissions.” 

The safe and sustainable “trio bin” recycle and waste collection service is achieved by separating waste into cardboard and paper, co-mingled (glass, plastic and cans) and general waste (mixed residual/organic waste). These are emptied into state-of-the-art split body trade vehicles which feature three pods (one for each waste stream) which means all the waste can be collected during one site visit.

 To cement the new contract, Viridor and MediaCityUK, which first started working together in 2013, intend to incorporate new “in partnership” messaging on the collection vehicles, drivers T-shirts and new bins.

 Peel Media’s Customer Service Manager, Rachel Williams, said: “MediaCityUK is delighted to have awarded Viridor a renewal of the contract for our waste management and recycling service.

 “Over the past five years Viridor has proved both innovative and proactive in its approach and we look forward to developing this relationship further.

 “Sustainability and carbon reduction are important to both MediaCityUK and all our tenants. Knowing that Viridor has provided a solution which considers our ethos was a key factor in decision.”

The contract will also see Viridor collect the majority of all waste and recycling while MediaCityUK is sleeping. The remainder – that closest to residential areas where noise reduction is essential – will form part of a later visit.

The cardboard recovered as part of the contract will be recycled through the Trafford Park facility with the co-mingled material destined for the Warth Road Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Bury. 

General waste, that which cannot be recycled, will be directed to Viridor’s state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility in Runcorn. In this way it will not only be diverted from landfill but will be used to create renewable energy.


<![CDATA[Future of Health hailed huge success]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/future-of-health-hailed-huge-success http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/future-of-health-hailed-huge-success#When:09:07:59Z Future of Health, a new accelerator programme delivered by The Landing, PwC and UP, has been hailed a huge success with nearly every participating firm securing new investment or new business opportunities.


The 12-week programme, which commenced in April, was designed to help nine fast-growth start-ups and scale-ups within the health and medical sectors to drive innovation, create new business opportunities and attract investors.


Support included setting KPIs aligned to increasing revenue growth, and advice on how to secure market traction through engagement with corporates and commissioning bodies.


Participating companies also enjoyed executive-level introductions through an extensive network of thought leaders, industry executives and health-tech specialists. Those taking part also got the opportunity to pilot their new technologies, and pitch their proposition, to healthcare organisations and potential investors.


As a result of this comprehensive package of support, introductions and pitching opportunities, many from the Future of Health cohort have secured funding or other major business development opportunities.


These include:

  • London-based Cera, a multi-award-winning technology-enabled homecare provider, closed £2.7 million in seed funding, and established 15 partnerships with NHS organisations and councils.
  • Hertfordshire’s 11 Health, who have developed a self-reporting ‘smart’ colostomy bag, are now in discussions with Salford Royal Hospital to pilot the product.
  • Manchester’s Aerobit, who have created an IoT-enabled Asthma inhaler, closed an investment round from existing investors and are currently working with UP to secure a further significant seed round of investment.
  • Cambridge’s Altogame are specialists in behavioural research conducted through multiplayer virtual online games and learning simulations. They have been selected in the Alder Hey Hospital Innovation Hub and are in negotiation to secure pilot projects there. Altogame are also in talks to supply another major North West NHS Trust, a North West London NHS Trust, a large financial services group and a global consulting company.
  • London-based Kafoodle, a hospitality business who work with healthcare providers to create personalised hospital diet plans for patients with food preferences or issues, are in talks with a CCG to develop a healthy eating programme. They are also talking with various hospitals and care homes after validating their product offering in the 3 months. They are thinking of setting up a Manchester office as a result of the programme.


Other London companies, such as ImproveWell (formerly Propeller), HiMotiv and Uniquedoc, have secured new contracts and pilot schemes, while Australian-based WellCare who provide a remote medical second opinion service have obtained contracts with a number of healthcare providers and have been approached for a joint venture with a global technology company


Danny Meaney, CEO of UP, said: “The fact that all nine participating Future of Health companies either secured new investment, have been commissioned for NHS-sponsored pilot projects, or have been introduced to potential new corporate customers like Bupa, is very unusual from a single cohort. The combination of PwC’s professional networks, UP’s extensive experience in accelerating business growth, and The Landing’s superb tech facilities, has clearly really enhanced the programme, and helped deliver these stunning results.”


Maya Dibley from The Landing said: “The Landing has been developing a specialism in digital health over the last 18 months and we were fully geared up to help drive this dynamic accelerator from day one. Further, as creating jobs and generating economic value locally is at the heart of The Landing’s remit, the fact that at least one of the participating businesses is thinking of moving to Manchester as direct result of this programme is a great outcome.”


Ali Moiyed, CEO of Ardwick-based Aerobit, said: “It was really tough to get on the programme and we were surrounded by companies from London, Cambridge and even Sydney who all had brilliant products with immense commercial potential. However, with the help of UP and the other partners, we were able to develop our proposition and close on a major round of funding. We are now aiming much higher, and are working closely with UP to raise a further seed round from Health tech investors.


“We would not have got to this point as quickly without this accelerator, and it’s been great working with PwC, The Landing and the rest of the cohort as the process has genuinely transformed our business in just three months.”

Tom Hoskin, PwC SCALE programmes lead, said: "The Future of Health programme demonstrates the importance of linking startups with large organisations and the mutual opportunities collaborating can bring. Working with the founders and connecting them to our network of clients, specialists and industry leaders has been immensely rewarding for all involved and we continue to support the alumni as they continue on their growth journey."


<![CDATA[Rule 5 to promote 10th edition of Buy Art Fair]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/rule-5-to-promote-10th-edition-of-buy-art-fair http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/rule-5-to-promote-10th-edition-of-buy-art-fair#When:13:09:13Z Rule 5 has been appointed by Buy Art Fair to deliver the event’s 2017 communications strategy as it prepares to celebrate 10 years of cultivating an art market in the city.


The single biggest art fair in the UK outside of London, Buy Art Fair presents new and contemporary works from established and diverse artists and galleries to first-time buyers and experienced collectors.  In its 10 years an astonishing £3 million worth of pieces have been sold, including works by internationally-renowned artists including Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry.  This year the event will be staged at award-winning exhibition venue Manchester Central.


Rule 5 is tasked with further raising the profile of the event in its anniversary year and, new for 2017, Buy Art Fair Fringe, with a focus on driving coverage in national and regional consumer media.  Activity includes artist and gallery profiles, tactical and creative campaigns, and news generation.   Work is already underway.


Speaking on the appointment, Buy Art Fair CEO, Thom Hetherington, said: “Rule 5 has played a significant role in the promotion of Buy Art Fair over the years, helping to establish the event as one of the most celebrated art fairs in the country.


“The team, some of whom we worked in our very first year, continue to be as enthusiastic and committed as ever.  It’s great to have them on board in this significant anniversary year.”


Rule 5 Founding Director, Julie Wilson, said: “Over the last 10 years Buy Art Fair has played a significant role in establishing Manchester as one of Europe’s most culturally exciting cities, cultivating a new generation of art buyers.  It’s been a genuine pleasure to play a small part in the event’s journey and to have the opportunity to work together on this significant 10th edition.”


Buy Art Fair returns this 27-29 October 2017 and will see over £1m worth of art from over 100 galleries and artists adorn the walls of Manchester Central.  For more information visit: www.buyartfair.co.uk


<![CDATA[MediaCityUK receives £10 million funding from Santander to support development]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-receives-10-million-funding-from-santander http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-receives-10-million-funding-from-santander#When:08:25:32Z The exciting expansion of MediaCityUK has received a further boost, after an agreement has been reached with Santander to provide £10 million of funding to support future development.

MediaCityUK is one of the foremost developments in the UK and, as the home of the BBC, a flagship facility for ITV, Coronation Street, the University of Salford, and dock10, as well as over 250 smaller businesses, it is a major creative, digital and technology hub.

The designs for a number of further buildings were approved in September, and work is underway on the first, Lightbox – a 238-unit luxury apartment scheme. Work has recently completed on The Alchemist. All buildings are set to be delivered by 2030, and will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs, further expanding MediaCityUK.

The £10 million funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial will help advance the development of the site. Phase two will ultimately double the size of the hub, including 10 new buildings, creating over 50,000 sq m of business accommodation, 1,871 residential units including town houses, over 4,400 sq m of retail and leisure space and around 1,800 car parking spaces.

The phase two plans include The Arcade – a retail/leisure and office space around a pedestrian arcade; Georgian Square – a public courtyard, a six-storey podium on top of which will be two slender taller buildings of 14 and 25 storeys with residents terraces and winter gardens; and London Square – 14 three-storey town houses with 460 apartments on the upper floors, and gym, cinema room and shared office space.

Stephen Wild, Managing Director, MediaCityUK, said: “MediaCityUK is really coming of age – recent developments have brought a further exciting edge, and the next range of buildings will include additional prime office, residential and retail space, enabling us to create more exciting experiences for our customers, visitors and residents.

“The funding provided by Santander is a huge step forward in realising the potential of these plans, and we are looking forward to progressing with their support.”

Stephen Ball, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to support the next phase of MediaCityUK. The first phase added significant social and economic value to Manchester, and phase two will take this to new heights.”

<![CDATA[Triathlon success for Louise Minchin at Property Tri North]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/triathlon-success-for-louise-minchin-at-property-tri-north http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/triathlon-success-for-louise-minchin-at-property-tri-north#When:15:10:48Z Louise Minchin won her first ever triathlon on home turf last weekend, as she became the first female to finish at the JLL Property Triathlon North at MediaCityUK on Friday 28th July.

The BBC Breakfast presenter and long-standing supporter of the JLL Property Triathlon North is sister of Mark Grayson, director at global property consultants JLL who organise the annual sprint event. 

In previous years, Louise has taken part with her brother as part of a relay team. This year, she completed the individual women’s race crossing the finish line in one hour and 24 minutes just ahead of Poppy Hilton, from Manchester planning consultants Lichfields, who was the overall female property industry winner.

Celebrating her victory, Louise tweeted a picture of herself crossing the finishing line with: “Not a bad day outside the office @mediacityuk. For the first time I won a #triathlon @PropertyTri. Thank you for a great day.” The tweet has received over 1,000 likes and lots of messages congratulating her.

In the men’s race, defending champion Danny Hope of engineering consultancy Hydrock held on to property male winner’s cup with an impressive time of one hour and six minutes.

The Corporate Cup, awarded for the fastest three individual finishers from a property related company, went to defending champions Hydrock – Danny Hope, Iain Hissett and Blaise Kelly - with a combined time of three hours and 35 minutes.

Now in to its third year, the sprint distance event is open to anyone in, or connected to, the property industry.  This year nearly 850 triathletes took on the gruelling course around MediaCityUK, which consists of a 750 metre swim in Dock 9, 18 km bike ride, and 5km run. 

The event which is jointly sponsored by JLL and The Peel Group raised £25,000 to be split equally between the organisations’ respective charities, Crisis and the Tim Bacon Foundation.

Steve Hogg, director at JLL, said: "The Property Tri North continues to grow from strength to strength with our sprint event proving there is no better place for property firms to network in the North West.

“While wearing Lycra or neoprene might not be top of everyone’s bucket list, the feedback from last Friday has once again been fantastic. Whether you are a newbie or have competed before, this is first and foremost a fun triathlon to raise money for charity and there’s so much camaraderie on the day. Whether taking part or spectating, we’d love to see even more people and businesses join us next year!”

Peel’s James Whittaker added: “The property triathlon was another tremendous success and proves to be a continually popular event at MediaCityUK. It’s fantastic to see our long-term vision for MediaCityUK become a reality with thousands of people making the most of what’s here. It’s great that the event promotes the property sector and raises vital funds for charities including the Tim Bacon Foundation – a cause very close to our hearts.”

<![CDATA[Timeline delivers post for The Heroes of Super Saturday]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-delivers-post-for-the-heroes-of-super-saturday http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/timeline-delivers-post-for-the-heroes-of-super-saturday#When:14:54:35Z Timeline North in MediaCityUK is providing full post-production on the BBC Sport documentary, The Heroes of Super Saturday: Jess, Mo & Greg, with Avid Offline and Online, DaVinci Grade and ProTools Dub.


Ahead of the London 2017 World Championships, four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson looks back to London 2012 and the subsequent journey for three of the golden heroes from Super Saturday - Sir Mo Farah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.


Timeline is working with BBC Sport to ingest a large variety of mixed format archive and FS7 footage onto Avid ISIS to create a fast and seamless workflow.


Chris Packman graded, followed by online finishing touches with in-house editor Phil Jaxson and dubbing mixer Mark Ryder mixed the sound. DPP file delivery was provided through Content Agent.


Watch it on BBC One, Sunday 30 July, 22.30 

<![CDATA[Kellogg's announces new Manchester home]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/kelloggs-announces-new-manchester-home http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/kelloggs-announces-new-manchester-home#When:07:52:10Z KELLOGG’S has announced it will relocate its UK headquarters from Old Trafford to MediaCityUK from January 2018.

The company’s current Talbot Road site will close at the start of next year, with all 420 employees moving to Orange Tower at MediaCityUK where the cereal and snacks giant will take three floors (48,000 sq feet).

Dave Lawlor, Kellogg’s UK and Ireland Managing Director, said: “We opened Talbot Road in the early ‘90s. It has served us really well over almost three decades but it’s time to move on to an office and location which better reflects where we want to take our business in the future.  MediaCityUK offers our employees outstanding facilities and transport links, while allowing us to create a totally new and upgraded work environment from a blank sheet of paper.” 

”We’ve been proud to call Greater Manchester our UK home for decades so incredibly pleased to be staying within the city-region, just a short distance away from our current office.”

Kellogg’s Talbot Road site was designed and built especially for Kellogg’s.  It opened its doors in November 1990. 

The site houses people who run the company’s UK and Irish sales and marketing business as well as support functions for its European operations, including those involved in research, food development, marketing, sales, human resources and finance.  All will be relocated to MediaCityUK.

Stephen Wild, managing director, MediaCityUK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kellogg’s to MediaCityUK – it’s a privilege for us that such a renowned international brand has decided to be base its UK headquarters here. Kellogg’s has a great history with Manchester and we look forward to supporting its future growth.  Kellogg’s adds to an outstanding mix of businesses, large and small, and I know the growing community at MediaCityUK will welcome new colleagues and friends when they arrive early in 2018. The move reflects the increasing importance of data and digital to all types of businesses and Kellogg's will have direct access to a still wider range of skills including data analysts, user experience experts and designers.”

Salford’s City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “It’s great that Kellogg’s are choosing to remain in Greater Manchester, which has been their home since 1938, and we’re really delighted that they have chosen MediaCityUK in Salford as the new location for their UK headquarters.

“I look forward to welcoming them personally to Salford and developing a strong working relationship with the company in the interest of the people of Salford and Greater Manchester. Kellogg’s is a brand with a strong history and tradition, which is something that the City of Salford shares with the company, and I would like to wish them every success with their relocation.”

Kellogg’s, which employs more than 1,000 people across the city-region, currently also owns and operates a cereal factory in Trafford Park.  The factory is not impacted and will remain in the Borough of Trafford.

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford is proud to have a long history with Kellogg’s who have been based in here since the 1930’s.  Whilst back office functions are moving out of borough, we are pleased that the manufacturing plant remains in Trafford Park. 

“We are pleased Kellogg’s has retained its back office functions in Greater Manchester as clearly, and speaking as GM portfolio holder for skills and employment, they are a major employer and contribute significantly to the area.

“We look forward to a continued and strong relationship with Kellogg’s."

<![CDATA[Coronation St role for ex-soldier drama student]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/coronation-st-role-for-ex-soldier-drama-student http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/coronation-st-role-for-ex-soldier-drama-student#When:15:08:42Z A former soldier who left school without any qualifications has appeared in Coronation Street ahead of graduating from the University of Salford.

Ryan Mulvey, aged 35, who is graduating with a first class degree in media and performance at The Lowry in Salford later this week, appeared as gangster Kelso in an episode of the ITV soap after getting picked up by an agent during a talent showcase held at the University.

Ryan was one of nine students who were taken on by agents following an event showcasing talented media and performance and Theatre Skills students held at the University’s New Adelphi Building earlier this year.

He has also appeared as an actor in an episode of ITV Tonight, and is now setting up a film production company with fellow student Rob Foulkes making short films.

Ryan, from Hyde, served for nine years with the Royal Logistics Corps after leaving school, during which he undertook two tours of duty in Bosnia.

But when he left the Army, unsure about what to do with the rest of his life, he began taking acting lessons in Manchester city centre, and after falling in love with drama decided to follow his dream – finally getting a place at the University of Salford through the Alternative Entry Scheme.

The scheme provides access to higher education for talented students who can’t get in through the traditional routes – such as mature students who have been out of education for a long time.

Ryan said: “The alternative entry scheme has been brilliant for me – without it I wouldn’t have had any chance of doing what I’m doing now. I left school without any qualifications at all and now I’m graduating with a first class degree, I’ve had a speaking part in Coronation Street and I’m setting up a production company.

“I thought I’d find it really challenging, but I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s a very practical course, and it’s let me do a lot of acting and directing work.”