people of mcr.

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...

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 sponsor...

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 w...

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 h...

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 y...

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...

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 pho...

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 Joh...

July 27, 2019

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

People of MCR (#peopleofmcr) 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. 

I reached out to Simon Wood, Master Chef winner and owner of Wood Restaurant Group, to ask if we could sit down and tell his...

February 17, 2019

A few people have been asking me what happened to my YouTube channel. A lot of you will know that I originally decided to try and get a YouTube silver play button, which they give out when you hit 100,000 subscribers.

Firstly this isn't coming from a bitter place, but the thing is, I don’t even like YouTube as a platform.

It’s the second largest search engine in the world and owned by Google. They’ve realised that video is the w...

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