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Everything changes

Our man in the know Michael talks about the crazy goings on in Manchester’s business world this summer…

Published on October 11th 2006.

Everything changes

It seems that nothing stays the same. After putting down my proverbial pen and enjoying the summer sun, I have now found my new home at ManCon. It seemed an obvious choice after coming from Manchester’s best print media, to lay my hat with Manchester’s best online publisher. (Cheque’s in the post Michael – ed)

But what has been going on while I’ve been soaking up the rays? It seems that Manchester is facing a period of change. And not just normal change, but mad, crazy, messed up, everything-on-its- head change.

If six months ago I told you that a clothing label would buy Manchester’s only successful private members media club then close it, refurbish it, drop the media part and hold a re-launch party until 6am that ran out of booze by 10pm, you’d have thought I’d been on the sherry. Sherry or none, if my sources are reliable this is indeed what has happened.

Alas, what has become of our beloved Circle Club? Alright, Saturday nights were always a bit rough, but promoting the new club by inviting 15 yr old Hollyoaks babies and Mikey from Big Brother 65 (or what ever number we’re on now) to the launch party seems to say that not only has Circle Club lost its Media title but also its style. It may have interesting artwork and décor, but the last time I checked it’s the interesting people who make a club what it is.

Next on the crazy list of Summer 2006 is The MCR10 awards presented by the ‘honest and reliable’ Manchester Evening News, the ‘play by the rules big radio station’ KEY 103 and the ‘ethically moral event company’ Out there Events, who have teamed together to bring you a ‘unique, never before seen idea’.

Their web site reads ‘a special awards ceremony has been created to celebrate all that is great about Manchester - and it's up to you to choose who wins what.’ If I was a cynical man I would think it sounds like a little project I worked on two years ago.

Some of you may remember that myself and a team of dynamic people (including ManCon) created the Manchester awards and gave the city a chance to say what they thought was the best of the best. We decided that this sort of event didn’t need to be done every year just to squeeze more money out of local business - we would hold it whenever the city had changed enough to represent itself. No one wants to see the same names on a voting form year in year out. I’m always asked if the Manchester Awards are dead, and my reply has always been that when the city is ready for it we’ll do it again.

Last on the crazy list has to be the summer weather. Boiling hot July, rubbish August and then a pleasant September and early October just as we slipped back into the work routine of darker mornings and Christmas planning – thanks.

We’ll that’s enough of me for one month. Who knows, next month may see a dentist taking over a car show room or a heat wave in November. One thing is for sure though - I will be giving my opinion (whatever it’s worth) and I’d like yours too. If you think that a company is playing dirty or you’ve got a business idea and you’d like pointing in the right direction, I shall do my damnedest to help.

Oops nearly forgot - I hear that the 2006 Comedy Awards have been moved to a posher, more fitting venue and will be held in January. It’s going to be an extra special one so do what ever you can to be there.

Michael Huckerby

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