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Manchester Central reveals first events for Incubator Programme

Manchester Central reveals first events for Incubator Programme

Manchester Central has announced the first two events which will be run through its Incubator scheme.

The scheme, which called for submissions earlier this year, aims to support businesses looking to move into events with a support package worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The GC Business Growth Hub has also partnered with Manchester Central to offer wider business support as part of the initiative. Its services include programmes for start-ups, scale-ups and innovation

Shaun Hinds, CEO at Manchester Central, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the number of high calibre submissions through our Incubator scheme and we are proud to be investing time, money and expertise into these two concepts. Both events are ambitious and creative in their staging and we are looking forward to working with the two organisers over the coming year.”

Chosen events

The chosen events, presented to a panel of judges as part of the selection process, are:

1) PlannerFest - submitted by Becki Cross of Events Northern Ltd.

PlannerFest is a unique event aimed at planner, journalling and stationery lovers, encompassed within a food and festival vibe. Having already trialled the concept on a smaller scale in 2019, with the backing of Manchester Central, organisers will bring the concept to a larger, more mainstream audience.

2) Climate Positive - submitted by IIona Alcock of Elevate.

Climate Positive will showcase the best in sustainability through panel discussions, Q&A, keynotes, product demonstrations and an exhibition. A carbon audit of the event will be conducted and published showing where reductions in emissions have been made.

The Manchester Central team will now work with the organisers to tailor the support needed for their events, providing guidance and expertise throughout.

Cross said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen for this fantastic opportunity. We are planning to develop and host an event with a difference, which will leave a lasting impression with everyone who attends.”

Alcock added: “I’m really looking forward to utilising the expertise of the Manchester Central team to amplify what can be achieved, helping us to position sustainability at the forefront of business and consumer-decision making.”