Colin Gibson - Bee More Manchester - 013

The next few episodes of the blog are in partnership with Moda Angel Gardens, the new build to rent development in the Noma area of Manchester. The episodes will be exactly the same as normal, except those being interviewed will live in the building. I’ve chosen each of the individuals to be featured, based on the cracking stories they have to tell.

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 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 will then be asked the same two questions – Why Manchester and why Moda?

Colin Gibson was originally born in the Lake District and studied Geography at university before moving into student politics.

Colin then moved to London looking for a job in marketing. Struggling to find the right role, he ended up moving into a recruitment position after a recommendation from a friend.

Growing up in the Lakes as you would imagine, there aren’t the same career prospects you would get in a city centre, hence why Colin always felt like he would move to Manchester admitting that “London never felt like me.”

Colin eventually moved back to the Lake District after a brief time in London, taking a role as an agency recruiter under a commission based lifestyle working from home. Colin specialised in recruiting people to Amsterdam for an electric car charging business.

With one of Colin’s colleagues moving to Deloitte in Manchester, he was surprised to find that they were starting to make a move in the tech space, away from their normal audit and tax based consultancy work. With Colin’s previous tech experience, he decided that the new opportunity was worth a try.

With a friend already living in Salford and being a United Fan, Colin visited Manchester on a regular basis to watch the games and eventually decided to move here.

Colin plans to now grow the Deloitte Manchester office through recruiting talent into their tech team. Before we sat down to do the interview, I had no idea that Manchester was such a technology hub for the UK. It’s growing really quickly, especially now as we move away from our European relationship. Tech hubs in the EU such as Paris and Amsterdam, are looking to grow in Manchester as a cheaper option to London. Bet 365 are now moving to Manchester away from Stoke and we’ve all seen the development around Media City over recent years.

As the tech academy’s are growing in Manchester, this provides talent into the market place. Soon after these individuals have qualified, the larger firms then choose to open spaces in Manchester to make use of that resource.

When asked why Manchester, Colin said he’s always been an indie rock fan, following Manchester's music scene for years. Colin said that Manchester has such a warm community feel to it and constantly finds himself thinking “that would never have happened in London,” when he sees things in Manchester.

When asked why Moda, Colin said he and his housemate had viewed a number of places in Manchester when deciding to live together. It was the fact that they were both going to work from home that really meant Moda was the right place for them.

The Sky Lounge, library and outdoor terrace are amazing spaces, especially when you need to have a change of scenery or you want to catch up with a few people outside to have a break. He and his housemate will sometimes come down and use the rooftop football pitch at lunch, before going back up to the apartment to work.

Colin said “it’s just such a nice place that really adds to the apartment.”

Really appreciate Colin sitting down with me for this interview! To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming episodes, make sure you follow us on Instagram @beemoremcr