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Property advice from Cheetham & Mortimer

The MPA team are working hard to provide support for the many challenges we are all facing. One issue that is currently driving a lot of debate among our members revolves around property. Whether landlord, tenant, leaseholder or desk-renter, many are looking for support to alleviate financial or relationship tensions. Cheetham & Mortimer are a respected firm of chartered surveyors here in Manchester, well placed and happy to help our members in what can often be a baffling, frustrating ... but vital ... aspect of agency life. Here’s Stephen Perrett, Partner at C&M to introduce how they can help. MPA [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 19th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Pandemic puts placements under threat

By Jeff McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing and Employability Lead, Manchester Metropolitan University During the MPA Board meeting last week we discussed how student placements are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. MPA Board members had been openly talking about the impact of the pandemic on either their own organisations or the many partners they collaborate with. In work terms, this period is testing us beyond anything we have previously experienced in our careers. No surprise given how many organisations are putting staff on furlough or having to make redundancies. Others are busier than ever before [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 18th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

When everything changes but one thing stays the same.

Lisa Morton, founder and CEO Two months ago today, the Roland Dransfield team watched the Government’s Coronavirus press conference at 5pm in silence. When it finished we all looked at each other blankly. Everyone’s always got something to say in our office – it’s a competition to get the best line out all the time, but nobody uttered a word. It hit us right then that this was serious - that things were going to change very dramatically, very quickly. We had put a proactive COVID-19 plan in place already which included IT changes, video conferencing, team back ups and [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Rethinking service delivery

by Mark Kelly I’ve been rethinking how I deliver what I do for clients. Hopefully some of my musings here spark a thought with you. I work in both digital strategy and agency management and pretty much all my work is delivered face to face. I get the occasional international gig but that's been via Skype and Slack (hello LA and Melbourne, the view out the agency window looked great). For the training element of what I do, I work with agencies, client teams, individual agency and business owners and students. Most of that has been on-site, face-to-face. Phil Mitchell [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 10th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Fighting back: How Covid-19 is making brands and consumers take on fake news

By Roxanne Vure, Associate Director, MediaCom Manchester Chloroquine is a proven cure, children are immune, and the virus is spread via 5G – oh, and don’t forget to eat garlic for proven infallible protection... Back in February, the World Health Organisation announced that accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic was an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation. Formerly, considerations around misinformation and ‘fake news’ propaganda have centred largely around politics, Russian electoral interference and celebrity scandals. But now with Covid-19, the first major global health emergency within the era of fake news, it could have sombre implications for public safety and unsurprisingly, has accelerated conversations [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 7th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

What does the future hold for freelancers?

Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty challenging few months for our industry. I’ve heard lots of people saying “It’s fine, everyone is in the same boat” But are they, I ask? Admittedly, the Government’s support package is world class and we are very fortunate as a nation to be presented with the programme of activity to help boost our economy at speed post Covid-19. That said, there are also a lot of people out there that are not eligible - especially freelancers and Company Directors that are in fact very exposed and worried about what the future holds. I have [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00May 6th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of places, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Albus Dumbledore

by Sandy Lindsay MBE, chair of Tangerine Group Anyone who knows me will know I’m a complete geek for anything dystopian, fantastical or magical. Give me Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials, 1984, and most especially Harry Potter and I’m happy. I love the premise of good triumphing over evil; a plot where the good guys win and live happily ever after, while the bad guys die a deserved (and ideally dreadful) death. The basic outline of these stories is that, there you are, plodding on with your safe and happy life, worrying about things like homework, looming exams, [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Compassion, collaboration and creative thinking in a crisis

By Caroline Moran, board director of Clear. I have worked in the events industry for 16 years. In March 2020, as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, my sector was hit harder and faster than any other. Don’t get me wrong, everyone else quickly followed suit, but for a good few days we seemed to be dealing with a disaster that no other businesses we knew and worked with were yet caught up in. Our back-to-back month of events in March went from 12 events to just 2, and those 2 had already taken place in the early part of the month, [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00April 29th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

When crisis hit, it was time to get Podgy

By Phil Jones, founder of Podge Events As Podge celebrated its 25th anniversary recently I am often asked where the name Podge came from and how it started. As Covid19 takes hold and we are all forced indoors to self isolate this is as good a time as any to tell the story. WHY and WHEN? Firstly, in the year that The MPA will celebrate its 100th year in Manchester a little bit of background about my journey. I grew up on Langley Council Estate in north Manchester, nearest shops were in Middleton which had three cinemas back in those days, a fantastic [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00April 28th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Leading Yourself and Your Team in Challenging Times…

By Martin Murphy, Founder Elite Leadership Global Academy I’ve been asked a lot recently about how one should lead their team during this COVID-19 crisis. The first thing to remember is not to fall into a victim mindset yourself. It’s often expected that you as the leader should be Teflon coated and impervious to doubts. That’s not true, we all suffer doubts. To overcome them it’s important to remember this situation is not: Personal: The first noble truth of Buddhism is that life is painful at times, but suffering is optional. The suffering comes from you developing a ‘victim mindset’ [...]

2020-07-23T11:13:36+00:00April 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|