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Manchester coworking space responds to Covid with incubator programme to help businesses build and thrive

Use.Space is aiming to support SMEs & Start-ups with its new Intensive Incubator Programme which will offer successful applicants £15K worth of business support. As the impact of Covid-19 continues to affect the business community, Use Space is creating a new initiative which aims to help businesses thrive with a full-service package. The Intensive Incubator Programme will offer applicants three months free access to Use Space, up to £15K worth of business support, which includes mentoring, advice for funding & investment, specialist expertise, business development, branding and networking, as well as, high-speed wi-fi, meeting rooms, car parking and close transport [...]

2020-11-19T15:58:12+00:00November 19th, 2020|News|

NABS regional Christmas market auction is LIVE!

A message from your regional NABS team   Ho Ho Ho ... Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Bid for exciting presents on the NABS regional Christmas market auction! Thanks to our kind donors from the regional advertising and media world, we have a selection of exciting vouchers and items which would make fantastic Christmas presents! As you may already know, we have had to cancel our regional flagship fundraiser, The Fashion Show, this year and so this auction takes the place of our usual raffle. Please do take a look ... we need your support more than ever as NABS are [...]

2020-11-10T09:21:12+00:00November 10th, 2020|News|

Social Media Makes Sense launch marketing coaching club The Social Network Academy

MPA friends at Social Media Makes Sense are about to launch their marketing coaching club, The Social Network Academy. Before they do, they are asking fellow MPA members if they can help by filling in this questionnaire.  As a little fillip there’s a £100 prize to a random participant who fills it in by 15 November 2020! It would be a big help to get a picture of what people are doing now and what support would be useful. Director Jo Booth says, ‘It would be really helpful to get your feedback.  It’s only 5 minutes to do – honest!’ [...]

2020-11-02T10:28:42+00:00October 29th, 2020|News|

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|

Calling all MPA members. Now is the time to step up and become a mentor.

To continue our efforts to break down entry barriers to our industry, we are once again partnering The Ideas Foundation, and reaching out to our members to become an online volunteer mentor to new entrants in the industry. About The Ideas Foundation  The Ideas Foundation is an education charity set up in 2003 by adman Robin Wight CVO to nurture creative talent and to drive diversity. Their aim is to equip young people between the ages of 11 to 19 with the skills, opportunities and inspiration to gain future employment in the creative industries. The Ideas Foundation focuses across education institutions with an emphasis [...]

2020-10-05T09:01:37+00:00October 1st, 2020|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 Blog Share: ‘Creativity out of adversity’

By Christina Clarke, Managing Director of C21  According to a 2010 study by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, business leaders identified creativity as the most important ‘leadership’ competency. This could be because it’s long been recognised that challenge can foster better creativity. Psychologists label this ‘post-traumatic’ growth – an ability to problem solve and create in the face of serious difficulty. An appreciation for channelling trauma that has fuelled many artists and writers over the centuries. Amongst his numerous insights, the 20th century artist, Henri Matisse once said that ‘creativity takes courage’. For many, this rings true right now. Within [...]

2020-09-28T08:25:48+00:00September 24th, 2020|Blog, News|

A match funded scheme from Manchester Met to connect your business with their talent

Could your business benefit from some graduate talent? MPA Members, Manchester Met,  are playing their part in going above and beyond to offer help to businesses and graduates alike during these difficult times. They want to support employers getting back on their feet with an exclusive opportunity to employ one of their recent graduates with a match funded internship scheme, whereby the University financially contribute 50% of the graduate salary. Since August, employers in the local area have been benefiting from the funding available on their Graduate Internship Scheme. Manchester Met will support you with 50% of a graduate intern’s [...]

2020-09-09T14:52:27+00:00September 10th, 2020|News|