Nxtbook Media’s European Headquarters are located in Manchester, England. The team working there are dedicated not only to providing the best in technology solutions, but also to their community. Read on to hear how Steph Tiley of the UK location views some of the developments taking place in Manchester, and her “crystal ball” take on the future found there.
Originally posted by Steph Tiley on Linked In
Are you riding on the waves of change or simply treading water? Manchester is an incredibly fast-paced city, undergoing constant regeneration and re-births throughout history, which I will be sharing… I’m also sticking my neck out on a few “change” predictions for the City’s future too!
Invasion – The Italian Job… Way Before Balotelli and Mancini
Manchester hasn’t always been about City vs United, the burgeoning Professional Services industries around Deansgate and the cosmopolitan cuisine scene driven by the likes of San Carlo et al…
The UK’s real second city was just a wooden fort in 80AD, built by the Roman army on a plateau about 1 mile south of the present Cathedral and named Mamucium – where our collective name “Mancunian’s” obviously originated from.
Renovation – Industry, Enterprise and Endeavour
Manchester was an Industrial Revolution powerhouse – with the famous canals and mills fuelling local textile entrepreneurs’ success. The astonishing rate of expansion and unplanned urbanisation was in full flight by the 1740s.
Fortunately the textile industries demise was not the City’s, as enterprising property developers recognised the potential to convert the beautiful brick edifices into modern apartments, local enterprises and urban hotels and restaurants. So, our cotton mills and warehouses still stand strong, as a lasting impression on our slightly drizzly landscape (it’s not our fault – it’s the Pennines!).
Of the City’s warehouse conversions, there is one that stands out… The Haçienda was the epitome of “Madchester” in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Despite persistent financial troubles the club was mainly supported by record sales from New Order – before it’s modern re-re-birth as luxury flats. Whenever I think of University days, the next word in my sentence is The Haçienda!!
Regeneration – Our Own Phoenix from the Flames
Manchester has witnessed enormous change since the devastation caused by the IRA bombs in 1996 and large sections of the city have been demolished or redeveloped.
The Arndale, Printworks and The Triangle have created new focal points for shopping, attracting growing numbers of retail and entertainment businesses… This in turn has boosted the hospitality and property industries, symbolised by The Beetham Tower – housing the Hilton Hotel, the very cool Cloud 23 bar and the highest residential accommodation in the UK. Don’t look down!
Inspiration – 21st Century Global Aspirations
The successful hosting of the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002 has lasting legacy surpassing any I’ve seen, particularly around East Manchester and the University area of Oxford Road. Local communities and students (30% of whom are International) have benefited from the uplift in facilities and infrastructure.
This has no doubt contributed to Manchester University’s “Top 25 in the World” strategy and Sheikh Mansour’s investment around Eastland’s to create the Etihad Campus as a base for Manchester City’s global football domination.
Media City to the west in Salford (still considered Manchester, as it is home to Manchester’s other WAG-inspiring giant – United) is a stand-out example of the latest generation of change too. The BBC’s move in 2011 is significant for the economic, social and reputational impact on the North-West – bringing creativity and talent to the tune of 2,700 jobs.
The Co-operative Group’s £105m new HQ is another perfect example of changing business practise and thinking. One Angel Square has received numerous awards for its striking aesthetic and sustainability, producing surplus energy and zero carbon emissions.
Innovation – The Next Big Change!
Professional Services are providing the North West’s next big change, opening up so many more opportunities to graduates and professionals who would’ve often headed to London or abroad.
Accountants, VC’s, Law and Finance firms are here and driving considerable change, particularly in the digital space. Cross-office communication, employee engagement, better lead-generation and new business campaigns – all of which used to be poorly executed, are now key operations, marketing and sales strategies.
We’re working with firms like Accenture and RSA, implementing digital solutions in order to be more efficient, save money, keep well connected with employees and clients and drive new revenues – which will contribute to the changing world we work in.
Predictions – My Crystal Ball!!!
I predict a rise in Sales Apps and other work related Enterprise Apps – enabling people on the road to connect with customers and colleagues in better ways. These simple and uncomplicated solutions allow Professional Services to showcase their offerings and analyse big data all whilst maximising the proliferation of mobiles and tablet devices.
We will also see companies giving their employees opportunities and the flexibility to work from home as well as office time…. digital and mobile technology facilitate remote collaboration and improved connectivity. As a working Mum, this is great news as not only will I be part of what my Kids do, but I can be in two places at the same time and my problem has been solved!! So today I am digitally prepared for this changing world.
What are your predictions?
Changes are happening all around us, throughout our lives and on a constant basis, so to be successful we need to embrace change. So whilst the past teaches us so much, just looking back means you will be sure to miss the future. Manchester shows that better than any place.
About the author: Steph Tiley is a Mum to four children and used her entrepreneurial skills to set up one of the UK’s first on-line baby shower web sites twelve years ago. She has some great tips for that all important life/work balance that we all strive for!!
Steph is now using her skills at Nxtbook Media where she partners with B2B, B2C & Association Publishing Companies as well as Professional Services offering cross platform publishing services as well as providing a totally responsive digital solution.