December 29, 2019

Better late than never as I think I interviewed these guys when it didn’t go dark at 16.00. I promise I will get quicker at turning these around as I genuinely have some belters lined up that I can’t wait to share.

I still can’t believe that these two guys managed to secure a deal with Harvey Nichols with no product, no manufacturing capability, but with just a brand name, a concept and a passion.

They say never go into business with your friends, but I genuinely think Liam and Mark prove that that’s not always the case. With Amy absolutely crushing the marketing side of the business, I can’t wait to see how far they can take this gin.

For those who aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve decided to do a take on ‘Humans of New York’ but for people who call Manchester home.

People of MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people who contribute to it being the fastest growing city in Europe.

So how does this work? I will get each person to tell me their story in the...

November 20, 2019

Finally had the chance to sit down with the guys from Manchester Young Professionals! Like most of the interviews I’ve done, I can always find similarities in the situation i’m in, with the people i’m interviewing. This has never been truer than with these two. (Andrew and Rich) 

Two of the nicest, down to earth, hard working lads you will meet in Manchester, along with the help of a few key individuals and some amazing sponsors/partners, they have turned something from nothing into the largest network of young professionals in Manchester. 

For those that aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve decided to do a take on ‘Humans of New York’ but for people who call Manchester home. 

People of MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people who contribute to it being the fastest growing city in Europe. 

So how does this work? I will get each person to tell me their story in their own words of how they got to where they are today. I will share that story along with some...

September 22, 2019

I’d walked past Over Under so many times on Deansgate without ever going in to grab a coffee. It used to be a newsagent and I think it took me a while to realise and remember that it was now a coffee place. I’m glad I finally went in to give it a try. 

I went along recently to interview the owner Ed Barry. 

After chatting for about 10 minutes, I’d already realised that this guy was like a brother from another mother. Our lives were so similar it was strange. 

The only difference was that Ed started his journey by packing up his whole life to go and be a male nanny in New York.

For those that aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve decided to do a take on ‘Humans of New York’ but for people who call Manchester home. 

People of MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people who contribute to it being the fastest growing city in Europe. 

So how does this work? I will get each person to tell me their story in their own words of how they got to where they are today. I wi...

September 8, 2019

I walked in to the Federal site in the Northern Quarter of Manchester for the first time in January 2015. I was talking to this guy behind the counter about coffee and having a general chat about Manchester but thought nothing of it. 

Several visits later, after getting hooked on the Hodson coffee blend and the ridiculously good brunch offering, I realised that the guy I was chatting to was Claudio, the owner of Federal. 

This happens a lot to Claudio, mainly because without admitting to the man crush too much, the guy looks good for 37. I look older than Claudio! (I’m 29 for those that don’t know but I’ve had a tough paper round)

For those that aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve decided to do a take on ‘Humans of New York’ but for people who call Manchester home. 

People of MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people who contribute to it being the fastest growing city in Europe. 

So how does this work? I will get each person to tell me their story in their...

August 28, 2019

The one thing I’ve always noticed about Ryan, is how much he cares. This was the longest interview I’ve done so far. Not only that, he voice recorded some additional thoughts and things he wanted to mention when he got home after the interview. All that effort just to make the interview the best we could. I genuinely believe this is the reason he’s got to where he is and why he will have a long career. 

Ryan and I met about a year ago at ‘VIP’ event at the Ivy in Manchester. I use the term VIP in inverted commas, as I know what you’re all thinking, how the hell did I get an invite. As wave after wave of middle-aged women were coming over to talk to Ryan and get a picture with him, I was thinking the same thing. I mean there was a queue just to talk to the chef Simon Rimmer!

Each time I kept joking that they were probably big fans of my Instagram and kept trying to tell people that I put my trousers on one leg at a time like everyone else. 

I’d only met Ryan that night and we were mainly j...

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