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Direct flights to Beijing stepping up to five times a week

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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.”

For more information and to register for tickets visit

Fresh Logistics open a new depot in Manchester


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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.

£12M ALPHA Logistics Facility Completed


The AlphaAirport City Manchester joint venture has completed its new £12m logistics facility ALPHA.

The 130,000 sq ft development at Airport City offers logistics units ranging from 17,500 sq ft to 35,000 sq ft.

Completed on time and on budget, ALPHA was forward-sold during its construction for £12.2m to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) which was advised by LaSalle Investment Management. The building has now been handed over to GMPF.

Airport City Manchester said that ALPHA has already generated strong interest from potential occupiers with announcements expected shortly. The joint venture partners are Manchester Airports Group, Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI), Carillion and GMPF.

Susan Quinn, chairman of GMPF Property Working Group, said: “We’re delighted that our infrastructure partnership with Airport City has once again delivered on our stated goal of hands-on direct investment and successful collaboration. This investment will give us the strong levels of return we seek as well as provide badly needed opportunities for international businesses and jobs for Greater Manchester. We look forward to welcoming our first tenants and their staff.

“Many pension funds struggle to invest in infrastructure but we are leading the way and we look forward to building upon this success. We’re excited by the pipeline of potential investments and we look forward to working on more opportunities to achieve our twin aims of significant investment returns to pay our pensions promises, whilst delivering infrastructure and jobs for Greater Manchester.”

£1.5m Foundry Film Studios open in Salford

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Doors have opened at the new £1.5 million Foundry Film Studios in Salford.

The 8,000-square foot purpose-built venue on Ordsall Lane has been designed for the creation of TV and advertising content, as well as photo shoots and events.

Its 10-strong staff is being led by managing director James Shannon, who is 28, and 23-year-old Madeline Penfold.

Shannon said: “Our combined ambition was to create a space which is ultimately an artistic hub and where collaboration is at the core.

“We wanted to make it feel like a home-from-home environment and develop an alternative to the cold, un-welcoming feeling that is so often found in a lifeless empty studio.

“We have built a space where traditional workflows can be broken and a place where we can continually adapt to the needs of our clients. The TV industry has evolved and boundaries are constantly being pushed.

“Experience, process and technology are very much a focus of the Foundry Studios and being able to work with our clients across the world offering them an immersive live experience is second to none.”

Foundry Studios is home to two expansive studios, with one containing one of the largest infinity coves in the northwest.

There are also edit facilities, dressing rooms, creative breakout areas, a mezzanine platform, bar area and its own in-house collective of directors, producers and editors.

Foundry Studios’ in-house team is already working with fashion and retail clients producing content for TV and online.


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