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Welcome to our July MPA member spotlight

Introducing our 7th member spotlight of 2021... Please feed back to us if there are any questions you would like to be added to future interviews, or indeed if you would like to go under the spotlight yourself! Lots of you will know a familiar face around the industry - Mark Kelly. Mark's experience speaks for itself, ... but what is he up to these days? Have a read below and connect through the LinkedIn link above. Agency / Business name Mark Kelly Consultancy What do you do? My proposition is “I help small and mid-sized UK agencies to grow and thrive, [...]

2021-07-22T07:34:21+00:00July 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Mediaforce Group acquire More Media Sales

The Mediaforce Group, one of the UK’s largest independently owned media groups, has today announced the acquisition of Manchester-based More Media Sales. The sales operation will sit alongside other Mediaforce businesses under the Media Concierge umbrella, offering multi-platform solutions to advertisers and agencies across an impressive publisher portfolio. More Media Sales was founded in 2014 and are a strong force in the regional market having expanded their portfolio over recent years. Clients include City AM, The National, Stylist and Time Out, with an impressive digital suite which includes, Adsquare, Loop Me and Datamixx. Mediaforce Director Simon Ridley-Thomas commented “We are [...]

2021-07-07T10:31:27+00:00July 7th, 2021|News|

MPA Blog Share: ‘Zig-zagging towards the workplace of the future’

By Alex Heywood, Co-Founder, 4and20million THE ILLUSION OF BINARY CHOICES Our world appears to be full of binary choices. Some real, some manufactured. No matter the topic, we tend to distil our most complex challenges into a set of simplistic alternatives. Once our choices have been made, we stick with them unwaveringly and resolutely. Changing your mind is, after all, an unforgivable weakness. Tribalism is rife. We’re experiencing the footballification of the everyday: Partisan politics, manufactured cultural conflicts. The need to be seen to ‘have an opinion’ and wholeheartedly agree or disagree on any given topic, however ill-informed or half-baked [...]

2021-07-07T12:33:09+00:00July 6th, 2021|Blog, MPA|

Welcome to our June MPA member spotlight

Introducing our 6th member spotlight, marking the half way point of 2021! We hope that you have enjoyed reading our monthly interviews with fellow MPA members. Don't forget, we include links for you to connect via LinkedIn - our virtual network has become ever more important to us. We're delighted this time, to put Emma Burke, Associate Director at The Candidate, in our hot seat.   Agency / Business name The Candidate What do you do? We are a leading talent consultancy specialising in the recruitment of Digital, Marketing, Analytics and IT/Development professionals. Coming into our 10th year, we’re well-established in [...]

2021-07-07T12:33:23+00:00June 30th, 2021|MPA|

Meet MillK – Manchester’s freshest new film content company

There is no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, in business and across our creative industries, so to choose to launch a start-up amidst a global pandemic is a bold move. For MillK, this was exactly the case and a move that has paid off as they approach their first anniversary. Founder Karen Milligan says, ‘I made the decision to take the plunge and set up my own independent production company early in 2020, pre-Covid. Nobody could have predicted what was to follow, yet we have been so fortunate as the demand for film content and production [...]

2021-06-24T12:29:37+00:00June 24th, 2021|News|

MPA Blog Share: ‘Building a successful regional team as part of a global business’

By Paula Norris, Regional Sales Director, Captify A year into my tenure at Captify, the regional business had gone from strength to strength. It was Captify’s first foray into a remote office and I was extremely privileged to be the guinea pig for future expansion. It was time for me to recruit a righthand partner to help me divide and conquer. As a team of two covering a vast geographical landscape it was important that this employee shared the same values, dedication and had the same relationships I did. Both working remotely from different locations, coupled with being out on [...]

2021-06-24T08:19:43+00:00June 23rd, 2021|Blog|

MPA awards 2021 – ‘What the judges are looking for – 5 top tips’

by Cindy Simmons, MD, MPA As you are busy getting your entries ready for this year's MPA Awards, we thought we would share some top tips, as well as mistakes to avoid, when finalising your entries. So, in no particular order, here are 5 key tips for you when completing your entry: Always stick to the word count that is stated on the entry form - sometimes people ignore this and get marked down. Answer the questions on the entry form succinctly and don’t over complicate your answer - judges need to understand why you have entered. Always include some [...]

2021-07-07T12:33:32+00:00June 17th, 2021|MPA|

Have you been reading our blogs over the last year and thought “I could do that” ?

Or maybe you're already a seasoned blogger? Either way, if you are an MPA member and would like to take the opportunity to connect with our 3,000+ followers of like-minded creative, digital, media professionals via our 'MPA Blog Share', we'd love to hear from you. And don't forget, MPA members can also send through their news to share. Contact us here MPA team

2021-06-16T13:28:58+00:00June 16th, 2021|Blog, MPA, News|

Welcome to our 5th MPA member spotlight

Introducing our 5th member spotlight of 2021. We hope that you are enjoying reading our monthly interviews with fellow members, and making new connections - we are certainly enjoying sharing them. We're delighted this time, to put Stuart O'Donnell, Director and Co-Founder of Boardwalk Studio, in our hot seat.  Agency / Business name Boardwalk Studio What do you do? We are a design focussed, motion graphics, video production and post production studio. We create TV commercials, brand films, corporate communications and content for live and virtual events. We are approaching our 10th birthday and remain a small, dedicated team of innovative, [...]

2021-06-09T10:15:59+00:00June 9th, 2021|MPA, News|

Help shape future careers and win a £50 Amazon voucher and a free Hearst magazine subscription

The MPA is launching a vital Future Careers initiative to support those in the early stages of their careers in our industry here in Greater Manchester. More than ever, we are committed to helping them on a positive journey in their careers. To understand what they need from us, we are launching this very simple 2 minute survey: is it more networking, social meet ups, careers guidance, mentoring, health and wellbeing support? etc. Click here if you're in the first five years of your career in creative/digital/tech/media/social/PR. Or if you work with/know people who are less than 5 years into [...]

2021-06-08T08:40:15+00:00June 8th, 2021|MPA, News|
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