1490372127 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-03-24T14:15:27+00:00 <![CDATA[Wealth management company appoints MAG]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/wealth-management-company-appoints-mag http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/wealth-management-company-appoints-mag#When:14:15:27Z  

MediaCityUK-based Media Agency Group (MAG) has been appointed as the media agency of Scalable Capital, a fast-growing online wealth management company.


Scalable Capital approached MAG looking for an agency to support its in-house marketing team with highly-targeted offline media placements to help drive continued growth.


Scalable Capital is described as “the future of investing, today”, and targets retail investors in the mass-affluent segment who want to make their money work harder but lack the time or expertise to manage their own portfolio, or are frustrated by the high costs of traditional solutions. It takes a technology-driven, data-led approach to investing, with over £150 million of client assets already invested in the platform to date.


Having already cemented its position as Europe’s fastest-growing digital investment manager, and with an exclusive partnership agreement with Siemens Private Finance, Scalable Capital aims to continue its impressive early stage growth with the help of MAG.


MAG will coordinate and execute several strategic multimedia offline advertising campaigns alongside Scalable Capital in the coming months.

MAG is taking a strategic, data-led approach to media planning and audience engagement to guarantee that Scalable Capital reaches key markets across multiple formats. MAG’s media strategies will ensure that the brand is accurately portrayed as a reputable, high-end and trustworthy investment manager.


A major element of MAG’s ongoing work is to involve trusted brands and titles in the promotion of Scalable Capital. MAG has already brought the brand to well-known and long-established print titles, and has coordinated strategic digital out of home activity to connect the Scalable Capital brand with executive audiences in a corporate environment across London.


Dr Ella Rabener, UK Founder and Global CMO of Scalable Capital, said: “We were looking for an agency that could support our in-house marketing team with highly targeted off-line placements to drive continued growth. We believe MAG is very well placed to help us achieve our goals and we’re looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.”


CEO of Media Agency Group, John Kehoe, said: “Our strategy for Scalable Capital takes into close consideration their new technologically-advanced position within the financial and investment sectors. As their assigned offline media agency, we’ll ensure that the brand speaks to the right audience and help to emphasise the reliability and credibility of this growing company, which I’m sure will be a future leader in the wealth management industry.”


<![CDATA[Prowise announces recruitment drive with move to MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/prowise-announces-recruitment-drive-with-move-to-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/prowise-announces-recruitment-drive-with-move-to-mediacityuk#When:12:08:23Z Dutch education technology specialist, Prowise, is set to invest in the UK by launching its first division outside the Netherlands, occupying 2,500 sq ft in The Greenhouse, MediaCityUK, and aims to recruit around 20 new employees.


Prowise produces innovative education technology for schools and has been supplying to the UK’s education sector since 2013. The new location at MediaCityUK will be the first national base for the firm. Director, Matt Daly, has plans to take on around 20 additional staff members to deliver sales, marketing, customer services and administrative support for the company.


The Prowise product range includes award-winning personal devices, software with over one million ready-made lessons and high tech touchscreens. The Prowise UK team will have nine education experts operating across the regions who are ready to go out to schools all over the country and demonstrate how the Prowise products can help them.


Matt Daly said: “Establishing Prowise UK in Manchester is a massive step for the company but we have real confidence in the UK market. The product is already relatively well known here but — through this move — we are aiming to grow our market share.”


“When choosing a location, MediaCityUK stood out for us because of its strong links with both the technology and education sectors. Whilst we are currently a small start-up company, we anticipate fast growth and need a flexible and creative space to accommodate this, so The Greenhouse is the perfect place for us to achieve this.”


Lynn Haime, Asset Manager at MediaCityUK, said: “MediaCityUK is home to over 250 SMEs in the creative, tech and media industries, and Prowise arrives with ambitious plans for growth.”


“The demand for space at MediaCityUK continues to increase as we move into the second phase of our construction so it’s great to see the sustained popularity of existing flexible spaces like The Greenhouse. It’s symptomatic of a thriving marketplace for digital, creative and media companies, and testament to the strength of the brands we have supported here.”

Prowise UK is currently looking for Lead Generators to join and manage its growing sales team, as well as a Technical Support Engineer to assist customers with the technology. More information on the roles can be found on Prowise’s Twitter account (@ProwiseUK), or Matt Daly’s LinkedIn profile.


Spaced over three floors, The Greenhouse is located close to the BBC, ITV, The Pie Factory and the University of Salford. To find out more about space at MediaCityUK, contact Lynn Haime on lynn.haime@mediacityuk.co.uk or 0161 886 5308.


<![CDATA[HRH Duke Of York visits UTC@MediaCityUK ]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/hrh-duke-of-york-visits-utcmediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/hrh-duke-of-york-visits-utcmediacityuk#When:12:32:05Z
HRH the Duke of York visited Salford on Friday 17th March to meet with talented students from MediaCityUK’s University Technical College as part of #ThinkUTC day.

HRH Prince Andrew was the guest of honour at UTC@MediaCityUK’s Talent and Skills Day, which gave its students from across Manchester the opportunity to show the digital community of the North West that there is no shortage of talent to feed in to the technology sector. Not only did they showcase their work but their work became showcased – as they were the ones allowed to film and photograph His Royal Highness for the occasion.

The UTC@MediaCityUK, which opened in September 2015, is a college for 14-18 year olds who have a passion for shaping digital and creative content. Students study a mixture of academic GCSEs, A-levels and technical qualifications as well as getting hands-on, practical experience in specialist pathways such as TV & Film, Graphics & Design, Radio & Audio, and Interactive Media & Gaming.

Prince Andrew met students studying in each of the UTC’s pathways during his tour of the state of the art facilities at the college. He was joined by local dignitaries including the High Sheriff (Lady Joy Smith), The Worshipful Mayor of Salford (Councillor Karen Garrido) and The City Mayor of Salford (Paul Dennett.)

The guests also had a chance to meet employer partners from the creative and digital communities who closely support the teaching of each of the pathways at the UTC, including the BBC, ITV, and small tech start-up RooCru.

The Duke met the UTC’s sponsors, the University of Salford, The Lowry and Aldridge Education, and Charles Parker from the Baker Dearing Trust, founders of the UTC movement nationally. He saw UTC students showcasing their live briefs and show reels as he toured the campus.

Matt Tiplady, a year 13 student said: “It was great opportunity for us to showcase our work to our partners and also employers in the Manchester digital community through the attention HRH the Duke of York’s visit has received.”

James Medd of the local business hub The Landing said: “Working with these young people has been a joy, their enthusiasm for the different work we have done with them has been infectious. They are a credit to their teachers and college. We were very proud to be able to present our work with them to His Royal Highness.”

HRH Prince Andrew said: “This UTC is like no other I have visited. The skills you are delivering to students are preparing them to such an advanced level that they may not go to university, but straight into employment.”

“The success of this UTC is due to you having chosen this college where you feel you can make decisions about your learning. Here you do not feel like your ideas are met with a no.”

The Principal Sharon Gardner said: “In our second year, it is fantastic to celebrate the talent and skills being developed here with our students. Visitors, partners and sponsors have all been impressed by the level of technical skill, maturity and creativity at work. Testament to this is that we have Year 13 students with offers from prestigious university departments, including an offer from Oxford University.”

<![CDATA[MediaCityUK production company named as RAR Awards finalist]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-production-company-named-as-rar-awards-finalist http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-production-company-named-as-rar-awards-finalist#When:10:41:23Z MediaCityUK audio creative and production company, On The Eighth, has been named as a finalist in the RAR Awards.

The awards use the Recommended Agency Ratings system, with finalists judged on the highest client ratings per category.

On The Eighth received its nomination in the Production category, and is the only audio company to have been named in this list.

Stuart Morgan, On The Eighth said “We’re really excited to be nominated for a RAR award, not only because we’re the only audio production company to have made the list, but especially because the nominees are determined using our clients' ratings. It’s good to see how happy our clients are with the audio we’re providing them with for their advertising campaigns.”

<![CDATA[Kidscan brings the heat to MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/kidscan-brings-the-heat-to-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/kidscan-brings-the-heat-to-mediacityuk#When:16:03:41Z Children's cancer charity, Kidscan, has raised over £8,000 with a fire walk fundraiser, held at MediaCityUK on Thursday 9th March.

24 fearless firewalkers bravely bared their feet and completed the fire walk across coals exceeding 500 degrees.

Ged Carter, Director of Development at Kidscan, said: “It was inspirational to see so many people facing their fears. Their bravery will help fund research into targeted treatments to ensure children affected by cancer live long, healthy lives. Kidscan receives no statutory funding, so every penny raised is vital in helping us achieve our goal.”

Money raised from the event will go towards Kidscan’s pioneering research into discovering new, targeted treatments for childhood cancers – treatments that are gentler for children’s bodies, reducing short and long term side effects.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the UK with around 1,600 children being diagnosed each year, affecting 6 new families every day in Britain. Unfortunately 1 in 5 of these children will not survive. Through ground breaking research, Kidscan is striving to change that, giving every child with cancer the treatment they need to survive and thrive. 

To find out more, visit www.kidscan.org.uk

<![CDATA[Media Agency Group unveils new brand identity]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/media-agency-group-unveils-new-brand-identity http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/media-agency-group-unveils-new-brand-identity#When:11:36:08Z MediaCityUK-based Media Agency Group (MAG) has revealed a visual rebrand, launching a brand new bespoke website and unveiling an updated logo and new branding.


In a constantly-evolving and increasingly demanding industry, MAG has adapted its advertising offering to ensure it stays ahead of the competition. The agency has grown to become a leading full-service agency, working across all media formats with brands including Jelly Belly, Subway, Scalable Capital, The Football Pools and Amazon in recent months.


Since the appointment of John Kehoe as CEO in June 2016, MAG has gone from strength to strength, with a number of huge client wins and recent ground-breaking campaigns. The rebrand comes at the perfect time as Media Agency Group aims for further growth and success.


The new website outlines some of MAG’s core beliefs; transparency, innovation and passion. These are key values that are represented in each campaign coordinated by MAG and by the way the agency communicates with its wide range of clients on a daily basis.


To complement the new online identity, MAG’s offices have also been given a makeover as the agency continues to expand its ever-growing team. MAG is also opening its virtual doors, with a new 360 degree tour available on the website allowing visitors to walk through the newly-transformed MAG HQ.


CEO of Media Agency Group, John Kehoe, said: “Over the past few months we’ve continued our fantastic work with established clients and have also welcomed some major additions to the MAG family. Our website and branding reflect our continued growth as an agency, and we’re confident that this new look and identity for MAG will set the tone for the years to come. It’s now been nine months since I was appointed as CEO of MAG, and I’m delighted to be able to steer us forward with a website and branding that represents us as an agency: dynamic, ambitious and transparent.”


The new website can be viewed here.




<![CDATA[ZEAL Creative named Best Breakthrough Creative Agency 2017]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/zeal-creative-named-best-breakthrough-creative-agency-2017 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/zeal-creative-named-best-breakthrough-creative-agency-2017#When:10:07:20Z ZEAL Creative, based in MediaCityUK, has just been named Breakthrough Creative Agency 2017 by the UK Marketing Agencies Association.


The award is judged by a panel of marketing industry experts and is awarded based on which agency they believe will make the biggest breakthrough in 2017.  It is based on creative work delivered, new business wins and sheer speed and size of growth.


It’s the first time that an agency from Manchester has won this award and only the second time an agency outside London has won it.


The announcement was made as the finale of the MAA’s annual DoDifferent Awards at an awards ceremony at ‘The Brewery’ in East London. The ceremony is attended by some of the biggest and best marketing agencies in the world with the Breakthrough Award often seen as the chance to spot the next big thing. 


Creative director, Stewart Hilton said: "Our mission at ZEAL is to be the most recommended agency in the world by 2020 and this win is another major step to achieving this. It’s great that some of the world’s biggest brands can come here to Manchester and enjoy breakthrough creative work. Previous winners of this award have gone on to massive things so hopefully this will be just the start of something big for ZEAL and all who sail in her”


Matt Sullivan, Head of Membership and Awards Manager at MMA said: "It was great to see this year’s awards reinforce that great work is coming from all over the country, not just the big London agencies. We had companies from all over the UK picking up awards and what was particularly symbolic is that the winner of the coveted Breakthrough Agency Award was from Manchester. Zeal has built a fabulous business in just over two years, it’s a well-deserved win."

ZEAL Creative, specialists in activation campaigns for grocery brands, has grown from two founders in a boiler room to a team of 28 people in just over two years. 


The agency creates promotional and shopper marketing campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands; lncluding Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Pringles, PZ Cussons and ASDA. 


ZEAL Creative is based in The Landing, MediaCityUK. For more information, visit: ZEALcreative.com


<![CDATA[The Landing To Host Europe’s Biggest Ever Student Hack]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-landing-to-host-europes-biggest-ever-student-hack http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-landing-to-host-europes-biggest-ever-student-hack#When:09:48:24Z The Landing, MediCityUK’s tech and digital enterprise hub, will be hosting two major hackathons this month, aimed at students, young people and anyone wanting to learn more about modern computer science.


The first event is a 36-hour student hack held over three days (10th - 12th March) which is organised by HackSoc, a student society based at University of Manchester. Called StudentHack, the marathon hack session is now in its third year, and has grown to become one of the largest collaborative programming events held in the UK.


Around 400 participants are expected to join in at The Landing event, drawn from around 50 universities both in the UK and abroad, making it the largest student hack event ever hosted in Europe.


This year’s StudentHack challenge will see teams of four being given access to a wide range of hardware, including drones, virtual reality headsets, mobile fitness devices and other wearable tech, plus access to operating systems and other software which run them. They will then have 36 hours to re-programme, re-make and re-purpose their team’s chosen piece of kit to make it more effective, more innovative, or to help solve a specific problem. 


A fortnight later, on 25th March, The Landing will host another major international hacking event in partnership with Harvard University – the CS50x Hack. Run by Harvard’s Professor David Malan, one of the world’s leading authorities on making computer science more accessible, the original CS50 taught course was one of the most popular in the history of Harvard and every year still attracts thousands of students who have no prior knowledge of computer science or programming.  

As part of Professor Malan’s mission to bring coding and computing skills to everyone, he personally leads CS50x hacks hosted around the world, and The Landing event will be his very first held in the North of England.  David will be joined by several colleagues from Harvard, along with staff from other partners including Google. Together they will help over 200 CS50x enthusiasts work through a series of challenges and projects aligned to the CS50 programme.


Maya Dibley, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at The Landing said:

“The Landing is passionate about encouraging everyone to try and learn more about programming and the government’s recent Industrial Strategy also highlighted the need for basic digital skills to become more embedded throughout society to ensure we don’t get left behind in the global tech boom.


“Closer to home we also know that access to tech talent is critical to many northern companies as they look to scale-up. The Landing is therefore delighted to support initiatives like StudentHack and CS50x which help nurture technical skills and forge relationships between graduates and growing technology businesses in Greater Manchester. It’s imperative that we provide these opportunities to students so that they feel the North is a place of innovation and exciting challenges, a region worth staying and building their career in.”


Kirsty Styles, Head of talent and skills for Tech North also supports the use of events like hacks to help drive the uptake of coding and programming among young people. She said: "We know there are thousands of digital jobs across the North going unfilled, so we need to ensure that these opportunities are seen as being highly creative, challenging and rewarding.


"There is only so much you can gain from listening to a careers advisor or a corporate HR person about tech jobs. In contrast, hack events like these promote real learning and experience delivered in a stimulating peer-to-peer environment. It's also great to see young people self-organising initiatives like StudentHack to help each other learn the skills needed for life and work, today and in the future.” 


For more details on StudentHack visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/studenthack-v-tickets-31383327377?aff=es2


For more details on the CS50x Hack visit https://www.picatic.com/cs50-hackathon-manchester

<![CDATA[MediaCityUK production companies partner for Radio 2 Country programme]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-production-companies-partner-for-radio-2-country-programme http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-production-companies-partner-for-radio-2-country-programme#When:13:24:54Z Two MediaCityUK audio production companies have teamed up for a programme commission on Radio 2 Country, the BBC’s pop up digital station which launches on Thursday 9th March.

The four-day pop-up digital radio service will run Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th March from midday to midnight, featuring programmes, guest presenters and live coverage of the Country 2 Country music festival.

Audio Always and Devaweb have produced Country’s World of Trouble, a music special which remembers the places where country music caused a stir and re-lives somes of the genre’s most controversial moments. Presented by Paul Sexton, it features a number of artist interviews recorded at MediaCityUK, including American female country music duo, Maddie & Tae (pictured).

Audio Always specialises in creating broadcast content and has recently opened office and studio facilities in MediaCityUK’s new Tomorrow building. Devaweb, based at The Greenhouse, is an audio branding and imaging production company which produces the national digital radio station, Chris Country.

Stuart Morgan from Audio Always said, “Radio 2 Country combines some of the UK’s top broadcasters with international country royalty making it a fantastic project to be part of. It’s been great working with our MediaCityUK neighbours, Devaweb on this programme and we’re looking forward to the next collaboration.”

Chris Stevens from Devaweb said, “We’ve long been advocates of country music and our Chris Country radio station is fast becoming an essential part of the UK country scene. It’s been fantastic to partner with Audio Always to create a programme that takes a deeper look at the genre and specifically focuses on some of the most controversial moments.”

<![CDATA[Rule 5 adds to consumer team]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/rule-5-adds-to-consumer-team http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/rule-5-adds-to-consumer-team#When:14:48:29Z  Rule 5, specialist communications agency based in MediaCityUK, has recruited Senior Account Executive, Jess MacDonald. Jess joins from Carousel PR where she worked on retail accounts The Light, Met Quarter and the Intu.

Prior to that Jess worked at SKV Communications where she worked across a range of B2B and B2C accounts including The Lowry Hotel,  The Food Standards Agency, Fazenda, Grafene and Groupe Geraud.

Jess joins Rule 5’s consumer lifestyle team and will work on Pesto Italian Restaurants, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and luxury holiday company, Park Leisure.   A former pro-triathlete and active sportswoman Jess will also contribute to the agency’s sports and sponsorship accounts.

Rule 5 Founding Partner Julie Wilson said: “Jess joins us following a period of significant growth for the agency.  We have ambitious plans for 2017 and she will play a key role in helping us to further grow Rule 5 and our new video content venture, V.”   

Rule 5 has clients in media, technology, the leisure, retail and sports sectors.  The agency was awarded the title Outstanding Small Consultancy in the 2016 PRCA Dare Awards.