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.

Bee more MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people of Manchester, #peopleofmcr, who contribute to it being the fastest growing city in Europe.

So how does this work? I will get each person to te...

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...

August 18, 2019

I met Louis for the first time a year ago at the launch of the Ivy in Manchester. He’s one of those people I’ve spoken to for a long time on Instagram, but had never actually met in ‘real life’.  

Louis and I both have a passion for food. We would always chat about new restaurants opening in town and our photography. Similarly to how you would listen to a radio presenter, hear their voice but never actually know what they look like, I was shocked the first time I ever met Louis. There aren’t many pictures of him on his Instagram feed, because like me, he’s always the one behind the lens. 

I’d built up this image of a quiet and reserved guy who I always imagined to be quite short and a small build. Louis is basically the opposite. He’s 6ft 1, and looks like he could lift me up above his head without breaking a sweat. The one thing I got right was how humble and quiet he is until you get to know him a bit better. 

For those that aren’t familiar with the series, I’ve decided to do a tak...

August 11, 2019

I’ve known Becky for over a year now, ever since she moved from Manchester House to launch 20 Stories. She’s like the annoying sister I never had and although I would never say this to her face, I’m actually really proud to call her a friend. 

As we sit down to do the interview at 20 Stories on a Sunday, which is technically one of her days off, there is a wedding fair literally being set up behind us and her phone is going off every few seconds. Luckily we managed to squeeze in a quick photo shoot and interview for number 3 in my #PeopleofMCR series.

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.

Bee more MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people of Manchester, #peopleofmcr, 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 the...

August 4, 2019

I’ve known Johnny for a couple of months now, working on a few creative video pieces for him. I’ve been able to get to know him a bit from behind the lens. 

You only have to scroll through his Instagram feed, or spend a few minutes in the shop to realise how much of a character Johnny is. If you walked in to the Manchester site, which will probably have 20-30 guys in there at any one time, if I said to you which one is Johnny, you would get it right every time. 

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.

Bee more MCR will try and tell the story of this incredible city and all the people of Manchester, #peopleofmcr, 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 photos for context.

Each person featured wil...

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