Northwest Business Notes: UA92; Hurst; Unbranded; Fisherman in the field; CTS; BCO North

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Manchester United and innovative higher education provider University Academy 92 (UA92) have announced a strategic education and employment partnership.

UA92 and United will work together to provide work experience and mentoring opportunities for students, with club staff also offering guest lectures and curriculum advice to help prepare students for future employment.

The first work experience program took place last month with a group of seven students involved in week-long placements in various departments at United, including media, communications, venue marketing, sports science and operation of the sites.

Manchester United also see the partnership as a chance to support their longer-term recruitment plans, helping to attract young people from across Greater Manchester and beyond who come from different backgrounds. The two parties will also work together to engage and encourage local communities to pursue educational pathways and address the socio-economic challenges faced by young people in the region.

Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officer, said: “We admire UA92’s approach to education. They have a clear goal to unlock the potential of the young people they work with and help them overcome the obstacles they face. It really resonated with us. As neighbor organizations, we will work together to further develop the program and provide students with relevant work experience to help them on their professional journey.

Sara Prowse, CEO of UA92, said: “Working with a club like Manchester United is incredibly exciting. We have a strong foundation in place for this partnership and will work together to support young people from Greater Manchester and beyond into higher education and successful careers. Our students have already had fantastic guest lectures and interactive sessions from some members of the Manchester United team and we have an internship and mentorship program in place for next year.


Helen Besant-Roberts and Greg Wilson of Hurst

The National Football Museum, Manchester, has appointed accountancy and business advisory firm Hurst to provide audit and tax services following a tender.

The museum is the latest addition to a growing list of sports, recreation and nonprofit clients for Hurst. It already counts Lancashire County Cricket Club, Super League Europe, Chill Factore, Royal Exchange Theater Company, Manchester Art Gallery and Life Leisure among its clientele in these sectors. Hurst specialists working for the museum include Helen Besant-Roberts and Greg Wilson of the company’s commercial services team.

The National Football Museum spans seven floors of the Urbis building in Manchester city centre. It attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a year from the UK and overseas, and its highlights include a Hall of Fame, trophies, exhibitions, artefacts, interactive games and an educational space for schools and other groups.

Helen Besant-Roberts said: “Football has immense national cultural and historical significance and we are delighted to be able to play a part in helping the museum share all that is great about the sport. Thanks to our experience, we will accompany the museum in the next phase of its development, thanks to the deployment of our team specialized in accounting and charitable taxation and our digital accreditation service.

Tim Desmond, Chief Executive of the National Football Museum, said: “We are delighted to move into 2022 with Hurst, which fits perfectly with our goals for the museum. They have shown genuine passion for what we do, and we look forward to working together to engage a greater and wider diversity of visitors in our exhibitions and online.


Unbranded Manchester

Digital agency, Unbranded Manchester, has won a competition to carry out a complete rebuild of the platform of mobility comparison site, Mobility Compare.

Unbranded Manchester secured the brief following a competitive pitch process where it demonstrated previous successes from similar platform builds including Machine Compare & Film Locations.

Ovié Oba, Managing Director of the London-based company, said: “Mobility Compare is the UK’s largest comparison site in the mobility and independent living sector, serving over 80,000 users per month and we needed an agency capable of meeting our requirements.

“Unbranded Manchester listened to what we needed and went above and beyond to deliver additional high-impact solutions to help position us for maximum growth potential.”

Hamad Mian of Unbranded Manchester said: “This is another big win for our team. Our extensive experience building complete platforms where automated onboarding and user journeys provide companies like Mobility Compare with the foundation they need to scale quickly without significant additional cost.


Field Fisherman Manchester

European law firm Fieldfisher has raised the salary of Newly Qualified (NQ) solicitors in its Manchester office to £50,000 from £45,000 previously. The pay increase will apply to existing NQs from February 1 and those due to qualify with the company later this year.

The company recently moved to new offices at No 1 Spinningfields. Major clients of the Manchester office, led by managing partner Ian Austin, include Allianz Real Estate, Getir,, EY, Co-op and Standard Chartered Bank.

Fieldfisher said: “We have increased our NQ salaries to ensure we continue to attract top talent. While salaries are important, our offer to future employees goes far beyond compensation.

“We are proud of the strength of our Fieldfisher community, where we promote inclusiveness and diversity of all skills, strengths and perspectives, encourage innovation and support collegiality.

“We believe in giving our junior lawyers maximum exposure to a variety of experiences and opportunities to work with amazing people, both in our firm and on secondment. This helps them to become the best lawyers in their field and to be rewarded for it.


Chris Bunch

CTS is on track for another year of growth after achieving a record year of sales and customer wins in 2021. The company, which is already one of the largest dedicated Google Cloud Partners in Europe, celebrated a record year of sales with services revenue rising to over £50m in 2021. The company also saw a 200% increase in its Google Cloud platform.

Over the past 12 months, CTS has also earned several of the industry’s most prestigious awards and accreditations. CTS has also earned GCP Infrastructure Specialization status, which recognizes partners who have demonstrated customer success in modernizing, architecting, and building Google Cloud Platform infrastructure and workflows.

More recently, the company renewed its Google Cloud Managed Services Provider (MSP) accreditation, following a rigorous third-party assessment of its people, processes, tools, and customer service.

2021 has also seen a restructuring of the CTS leadership team, with former COO Chris Bunch taking on a role as Managing Director, while former Managing Director Tom Ray has been named CEO of the wider CTS Group. with supervision from CTS and its partner company Cloud M.

Chris Bunch said, “It’s safe to say we’ve had a great year in 2021. Google Cloud continues to accelerate its growth, and CTS has been — and will be — by its side. As we look forward to 2022, we expect another year of record numbers and the creation of a range of exciting solutions for our amazing customers, both on GCP and Google Workspace.”


Jon Moister

The British Council for Offices (BCO) are holding their national conference in Manchester in June and have appointed Inform Communications to help them promote themselves in the Northern region.

Established in 1990, the BCO is the UK’s forum for discussion and debate on issues affecting the office sector in North Wales, Northern Ireland and Northern England, from Merseyside to the West east to Yorkshire and Tyneside.

Inform Communications, which is a real estate and construction industry communications specialist, will work with the Northern Chapter to publicize its work and research in the region, promote member benefits, highlight best practices in office design and fostering member diversity. The team will also have an additional mandate to support the conference taking place June 14-16 at Manchester Central and the BCO regional awards taking place in April.

BCO North President Jon Moister said, “The future of the workplace is the subject of much debate and BCO should be one of the leading voices in this conversation. Inform’s appointment as a new PR consultant comes at a good time ahead of the national conference to be held in June this year. »

Inform’s Director of Communications, Kate Healey, said: “With the upcoming conference in Manchester and the focus on the future of the workplace post-COVID, the timing couldn’t be better to working with the BCO.”

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