Letter from… Manchester

By Josh Bell, Senior Consultant As Manchester has re-opened, the city looks and feels very different. The Northern Quarter, where I live and work, has been transformed. Bars and restaurants which were confined to their indoor space have spilled out onto the streets. Throughout the past few weeks Manchester City Council has set about closing…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Senior Consultant Manchester is slowly reopening and as the city looks forward, it is worth acknowledging the good that has come from almost three months of lockdown.  In terms of the practical changes, almost every city centre road has been re-laid, areas of the city pedestrianised for good and the demand for…

Letter from… Manchester

By Chris Midgley, Account Director It appears despite Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s insistence that the region must lift the lockdown at a slower pace than London, some Manchester residents disagree. Local media picked up on social media posts showing hundreds of young people enjoying a street party in the city’s famous Ancoats neighbourhood,…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Senior Consultant, Newgate Manchester It’s week four of lockdown in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and, like almost every major city across the world, many things have changed. Roads have become pavements, weekend nights are completely silent and it’s now just the seagulls that wake you at 7am. This neighbourhood is packed with thousands…

Ancoats: A blueprint for city centre regeneration

By Matthew Williams Anyone who lives in and around the North West has probably heard of the recent revival of Ancoats, a forgotten neighbourhood of Manchester which held great influence during the industrial revolution. The cobbled streets have created such a buzz about the place that in 2018, Time Magazine voted it the 13th coolest…

Newgate secures The Economist Open Future Festival win

Newgate Communications has been appointed by The Economist to lead communications for its Open Future Festival initiative in Manchester. The initiative – which aims to remake the case for liberal values and policies in the 21st century in a period of rising populism and authoritarianism around the world – culminates in the Open Future Festival,…

Newgate expands Manchester office with senior appointment

Integrated communications agency Newgate Communications has appointed Ian Morris as a Partner in its Manchester office as it seeks to further strengthen its regional network. He has been hired from Citigate Dewe Rogerson, for which he established the Manchester office in 2013, after six years in its London headquarters. Newgate’s Manchester team, based in the…

Is further devolution the only route left for Northern Rail?

By George Robinson The current Northern Rail franchise has had a troubled existence. Shortly after it started, it got hammered by industrial relations issues. It was then particularly affected by the timetable travails of May 2018, along with GTR. Things aren’t getting any easier. Several weeks ago, Northern’s operating group, Arriva, was put up for…

An employer brand masterstroke from an expensive blunder

Let’s raise a glass to Hawksmoor Manchester for turning an expensive blunder into a nimble employer branding success. On Thursday the restaurant confirmed on twitter that a member of staff had inadvertently given some customers a £4,500 bottle of Château le Pin Pomerol 2001 the previous evening instead of the £260 bottle they ordered. “What…