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Global Science Platform, AZoNetwork, Expands to NEO, the Heart of Manchester’s New Tech Community


Global leader in Inbound Marketing for Science, Healthcare and Engineering, AZoNetwork leads the way for Manchester’s Tech Community with a move to NEO, Bruntwood’s brand new purpose built Telecomms, Media and Technology hub

Brad Topps, Head of Sales at Bruntwood commented: “We have been following AZoNetwork’s growth story with great interest and are delighted to welcome them to NEO. They are sure to benefit from sharing the collaborative, creative workspaces and being around like-minded, forward thinking companies.”

Having moved premises for the second time within the last 12 months to accommodate an ever expanding headcount, AZoNetwork has gone from strength to strength, celebrating an average annual growth rate of 36% over the last 4 years. The company has also recently been named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 fastest growing companies.

Whilst the company headquarters will remain in Sydney, Australia, the initial expansion has been in the United Kingdom and the majority of jobs have been created in Manchester city centre, with future growth to be aided by MIDAS (Manchester Investment Development Agency Service).

The CEO of MIDAS, Tim Newns offered his thoughts: “It’s particularly pleasing to see that they (AZoNetwork) have utilised Manchester as the centre for their UK growth, creating an additional 20 jobs in a priority sector since opening their office in the city last year. We look forward to seeing AZoNetwork go from strength to strength and MIDAS, along with Manchester Growth Company, will continue to support their future growth.”

AZoNetwork’s unique platform connects over 75 million scientists, researchers and engineers with an expanding client base of over 350 global organisations through providing technical science content.

CEO, Dr. Ian Birkby attributes the success of the company to building a creative team culture and recognizes that collaborative working spaces such as NEO support innovation in a progressively online world.

“As a company we feel it’s imperative to be at the heart of the digital revolution in the UK’s Northern Powerhouse and look forward to the opportunities that the move to NEO will present with greater access to creative talent and local networking.”

About AZoNetwork

AZoNetwork is a global leader in Scientific Marketing with offices in Mona Vale, Australia, Manchester UK, and New York State. AZoNetwork works with over 350 organisations who use the digital platforms provided by AZoNetwork to engage with scientists, designers, researchers and healthcare professionals. This is achieved largely through an online footprint that includes over 500,000 content items and an audience of over 75 million users each year.


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THE Business Challenge is back for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run in 2017 – and this time it is bigger and better than ever.

Companies of all sizes in Manchester’s booming business sector will once more battle it out in Europe’s biggest 10K run, with the event extended to include a half marathon on Sunday, 28 May.

The Business Challenge has become an annual fixture in the calendar of Manchester businesses, taking place as part of the 10K which sees more than 30,000 people run, jog or walk their way through city centre streets.

This year, the Business Challenge at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k will be supported by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Providing support to more than 5,000 businesses in the area, Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

Last year, more than 250 companies and organisations entered more than 3,300 runners to compete for the prize of Manchester’s Greatest Businesses and raise hundreds of thousands for local and national charities.

With two distances to choose from in 2017 it is expected that even more companies are expected to enter male, female or mixed teams of 4-8 runners to compete for the trophy awarded to the fastest small, medium and large businesses across the categories.

Included will be a special prize category for Greater Manchester Chamber members – the Chamber Challenge, awarded to the fastest member business from each category in the 10k.

The Great Run Company chief executive Mark Hollinshead said: “Many Manchester companies have taken up the Business Challenge as a great tool for team building.

“With more businesses entering more runners than ever before in the 2016 Great Manchester Run, we’re looking forward to seeing this grow even bigger with the addition of the half marathon to the existing 10K.

“Running is a social pastime and there are definite gains to be made for companies entering teams into the Business Challenge.

“It’s a case of healthy body, healthy mind, healthy business.”

Arup took the 2016 prize in the large business category, the construction firm’s team achieving a time of 2.39.10. Manchester Grammar School scooped the medium business title with 2.35.23 while Shimadzu Research Manchester were fastest small business, clocking 2.51.08.

Commenting on the Business Challenge, Chris Fletcher, director of marketing at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re calling on as many businesses as possible across Greater Manchester to get their trainers on and get running to raise money for worthy causes across our region.

“This is a great team-building exercise and we’re delighted that our own team of Chamber runners will be taking part this year, encouraging as many members as possible to take part in the Chamber Challenge.

“Whether you run, jog or walk the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is a fantastic event for the city region, bringing thousands of visitors into the city centre. We’re proud to be a part of it and wish everyone competing the best of luck.”

There are different prize categories and all businesses that enter 12 or more people into the event will receive a free engraved plaque to present to their fastest runner.

Entries to the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k are now open.

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Direct flights to Beijing stepping up to five times a week

hainan plane

Hainan Airlines is to increase its Manchester to Beijing flight frequency from four to five flights per week from June 1.

Hainan says its new Dreamliners could be operating depending on aircraft availability.

Loic Gao, Hainan Airlines UK General Manager said: “This added frequency shows Hainan Airlines commitment to the UK market and it responds to the increased demand for this route from Manchester Airport.

“This has been a successful route for Hainan Airlines since its inaugural flight on the 10th of June 2016, and as we approach our 1st year anniversary, an increased frequency is a wonderful way of celebrating such success.”

Stephen Turner, commercial director at Manchester Airport, said: “It is incredibly pleasing to see Hainan Airlines increase frequency from Manchester Airport.

“In less than a year of operation, the route proves to be incredibly popular with leisure and business passengers alike. I am sure the extra service will be welcomed by the 22m passengers in our catchment area that spans north to Scotland and south to the Midlands.

“Hainan’s five star service offers passengers a luxury product all the way to Beijing and beyond and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the airline as they grow from the North’s global gateway.”

First keynote speakers for Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 announced



Tony Hall and Jeffrey Dunn have been announced as the first keynote speakers for Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 taking place in Manchester UK, from Monday 4th – Thursday 7th December. The Summit will shape how global media can keep up with the kids while helping grow a better digital world for all of us.

Tony Hall, Director-General BBC says: ‘Nothing matters more than shaping a better, safer and more creative digital world for children. That’s why I’m really looking forward to the Summit – and all of us getting together to make a difference for generations to come’

Jeffrey Dunn, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop and who previously held senior positions at HiT, Nickelodeon and MTV, said: “At Sesame Workshop, we have always used the latest technology to advance our mission of helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. When we started out, that cutting edge medium was television. Since then, we’ve embraced every advance in order to reach and teach children around the world in new ways—and the recent proliferation of digital platforms has brought opportunity and challenge in equal measure.

I look forward to sharing Sesame stories and strategies—including lessons learned over nearly 50 years—with colleagues across the industry at the Children’s Global Media Summit. I hope that we can start a broader conversation and find ways to work together to ensure the production and protection of safe, quality Children’s Media in years to come.”

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Fresh Logistics open a new depot in Manchester


Fresh Logistics Manchester United

Temperature controlled logistical solutions firm Fresh Logistics is opening a new, strategically located, depot in Leigh, Manchester which adds to their two existing sites in Derby and Wembley. The depot has been introduced due to an increasing workload in the area and to add an improved response time for the current and future North West customer base. It will also provide fantastic links to Scotland.

Managing Director Alan White, who has recently been named in the SHD Logistics 100 and the Derby Evening Telegraph’s Inspirational 250, stated:

‘We are entering an exciting phase in our development with this expansion into Manchester. We already have a growing customer base in the area, including several major food producers and branches of the NHS, so it was the ideal opportunity to add a new depot which will feature extra top of the range, dual compartment Vans, 7.5t’s and 18t’s.

Fresh Logistics has seen remarkable growth since their inception in 2008 with seedling finance of just £5,000. They are projecting turnover for this financial year to be in the region of £3,500,000. With a wealth of industry expertise amongst their ranks Fresh have excelled in providing bespoke solutions at the drop of a hat. As temperature controlled specialists, Fresh have worked across the food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, carbon fibre and hazardous goods sectors throughout the UK and Europe.

If you would like any further information about Fresh Logistics new depot in Manchester, then please see their website on or call 0800 612 6512.

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