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Claim your place as ‘MPA member of the month’

Our brand new initiative launches this week and we need you! 📢 Calling all members of the MPA now is your time to shine 📢 The MPA has always been about collaboration. With an aim to drive that and raise the profile of our brilliant members, we can’t wait to start showcasing your profiles. We want to know all about you and your business in order to inspire, support, collaborate, create referrals and grow our businesses. Let’s get to know each other! Nominate yourself by emailing cindy@mpa.org.uk. We’ll follow-up with our member of the month questions that will help you shout about [...]

2020-10-27T09:25:56+00:00October 27th, 2020|MPA, News|

We asked 3 of our judges ‘what makes a winning awards entry?’

And this is what they said … Marcus Hadfield, Chief Strategy Officer, Apadmi "The best entries have a clear objective, a standout idea and strong results. They also avoid cliché and waffle - remember it's a word limit, not a target ..." Holly Dewsbury, Agency Lead – Facebook & Instagram “Turn up the volume to get cut through on your award entry by saying it sharp and saying it well. Include the context but importantly what makes your entry have the X factor when it comes to the category and always be prepared to back up your statement with key [...]

2020-10-27T09:26:30+00:00October 15th, 2020|MPA, News|

Member News Bulletin: What’s coming next from the MPA!

We got our collective heads together during the summer months to review and update what content we can share to help you and your teams thrive. That’s why we’re proud to announce 5 new initiatives exclusively for our members. If you’re still on the fence about joining, now is a great time to become a member of the MPA getting access to all free events as well as discounts on all future events and training. In no particular order, here is just a little taster of some of the things coming your way: MPA Mentors We’re continuing our support for The Ideas Foundation by looking [...]

2020-10-27T09:26:40+00:00October 8th, 2020|MPA, News|

Dan Sodergren to champion MPA’s diversity and inclusion

Digital marketing and tech expert, Dan Sodergren is to head the MPA’s diversity & inclusion agenda across Manchester’s media, digital and creative industry. In this newly developed role, Dan will lead all direct or partnership initiatives including taking forward the MPA’s D&I research initiative that was launched last year. As a regular pundit on the BBC and ITV, as well as roles with Media City’s The Landing and personal development tool YourFlock, Dan is a well known figure across the Manchester digital and tech sector. Of his new role, Dan had this to say: "I am so excited to have [...]

2020-09-30T09:45:20+00:00September 29th, 2020|MPA, News|

MPA announces Chair of Judges for Awards 2020

The MPA, the independent voice of Manchester’s media and creative community, has announced its Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020.  Now in its 8th year the awards were created for the industry by the industry. Cindy Simmons Managing Director of the MPA said, “We are delighted to announce that Jane McMillan, Head of Marketing Communications at Warburtons, has agreed to be this year’s Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020”. Jane has worked at Warburtons since 2004 and was promoted to her current role in 2017. She has helped deliver campaigns featuring company Chairman Jonathan [...]

2020-07-23T11:12:37+00:00July 2nd, 2020|MPA, Uncategorized|

New date for MPA Awards dinner – 10th March 2021. Plus entry deadline extended until 18th September 2020

From our ongoing member consultations, we know how hard everyone is working right now to keep things moving in the right direction for you, your teams and your clients. Whilst we are all encouraged by the fact that things are starting to open up, we also have to recognize as an association, that award entries are most likely not your priority right now. To give everyone more time to get their entries together, we have decided to move the MPA Awards celebratory dinner to 10th March 2021. Entries can still be prepared and submitted over the coming weeks / months [...]

2020-07-23T11:12:37+00:00June 12th, 2020|MPA, Uncategorized|

MPA Inspiration AWARDS 2020 – Celebrating in our 100th year – Call for entries now live!

The MPA Inspiration Awards have grown significantly over the past 8 years from its early success back in 2013, which was the first ever awards from the MPA. The awards were created by the industry for the industry when the MPA asked their members what they wanted to see in terms of recognition of Manchester based businesses in the Media, Digital and Creative sector. Speaking about the announcement, Cindy Simmons, MPA managing director, said: “It was our aim in 2013 to create a ceremony that would capture the best work in the region and allow us to really showcase the [...]

2020-07-23T11:04:52+00:00May 14th, 2020|MPA|

MPA spearheading research into diversity and inclusion in GM Media Digital and Creative universe

There are plenty of national statistics showing the state of diversity and inclusion in business across the UK, but how does that pan out specifically in creative industries and on our doorstep? The MPA has collaborated with Planning Express, BIMA and Creative Resource to find out with the biggest ever study of diversity and inclusion of its kind across Greater Manchester. MPA Chair and MD at Manchester’s IF Agency Christian James explains "I’ve been challenged on this issue at an MPA event last year and I didn’t have any answers. I made a commitment to myself right there and then [...]

2020-07-23T11:08:11+00:00July 24th, 2019|MPA|

Give your opinion on diversity and inclusion for a chance to win £100 Amazon voucher

There are plenty of national statistics showing the state of diversity and inclusion in business across the UK. But what’s the picture like among the media, digital and creative businesses in Greater Manchester? In the first study of its kind, the MPA have teamed up with Creative Resource and BIMA and asked Planning Express to conduct the biggest ever study of diversity and inclusion in the industry across our region. We believe this is such an important issue and we need your opinions and experiences. Please feel free to forward to others you work with who have not received it. [...]

2020-07-23T11:08:17+00:00July 8th, 2019|MPA|

MPA announces Chair of Judges for Awards 2019

The MPA - the independent voice of Manchester’s media and creative community - has announced its chair of judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2019. Now in its 7th year the awards were created for the industry by the industry. Cindy Simmons, managing director of the MPA, said “We are delighted to announce that Liz Bielinska, founder of Planning Express, has agreed to be this year’s chair of judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2019. “Liz Bielinska has been a brand strategist for 25 years. She is a former board director of TBWA Manchester and of Martin Williams Advertising in [...]

2020-07-23T11:08:23+00:00June 19th, 2019|MPA|