2018 Event Partners


Bing Ads is Microsoft’s search advertising platform that enables the buying and selling of digital advertising across all aspects of our network including our search engine, Bing.

Powering nearly 1-in-10 PC searches globally, the Bing Network has an increasingly diverse audience that allows you to connect to the people who matter to you. Our investment in machine learning is driving new innovations in artificial intelligence which will transform marketing and empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Bing is making search more personal, intelligent and human so you can build more meaningful connections with your customers.

Bing Network. Your customers search here.

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Channel 4

About to enter its 35th year, the British public-service television broadcaster continues to be the home of innovative and boundary-challenging programming.

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Steamhaus is a Manchester-based cloud and Devops consultancy. We work with startups, digital and creative agencies, online retailers, and high traffic websites who need excellent technical expertise and first class customer service.

We’re a team of engineers with expertise in DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), system architecture, scalability and security.

Between us we’ve spent over 60 years in the managed hosting industry in Manchester. Our collective technical and commercial experience has given us an inside view into where the future of hosting lies, which is why Steamhaus is all about the cloud and DevOps.

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The Landing

The Landing is a space where companies can unlock innovation, grow and collaborate.

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2018 Event Sponsors


72Point secures media exposure for your brand across digital and traditional media. We create, distribute, and land PR and branded news stories in mass-media publications including Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Sun, Daily Telegraph and Metro as well as mass-readership news sites such as The Independent and UNILAD. Content. Covered.

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Home to big brands, big ideas and big results, our 40-strong international team of PR, social media and digital content experts delivers highly creative, strategic, results-driven campaigns for clients including Wilko, Magnet Kitchens, Disney, Madame Tussauds and Dr. Oetker Chicago Town Pizzas.

With a promise to ‘Own the Screen’ for our clients – we provide six core services to help make their star quality shine through, including PR, Social Media, Content Production, Events, Influencer Marketing and Paid-For Media.

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Business Growth Hub

Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, is a community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions.

We support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with our broad range of services. We offer expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more.

Since its launch in 2011, Business Growth Hub has helped thousands of start-ups, scale-ups and established businesses across Greater Manchester.

Contact us to find out how the Hub can help you unlock your business potential.

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For over 100 years, CIM has supported, represented and developed marketers, teams, leaders and the profession. We’re the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 28,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 Chartered Marketers. We believe marketing is the critical factor in driving long term organisational performance. Our mission is to create marketing advantage for the benefit of professionals, business and society.

In a world of increasing competition, transparency and change, finding a valued business advantage has never been as challenging. CIM strives for business leaders and opinion formers to recognise the positive contribution professional marketing can bring to their organisations, the economy and wider society.

With 130 CIM study centres, in 36 countries, delivering our world-renowned qualifications and over 90 training courses, we’re uniquely able to improve marketing capability at an individual and business level.

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Digital Gurus

One pokey spare room. Three ambitious guys. Like many start-up success stories, this is where we began.

A global business. 10 years later and a continued love of the process – we are now one of the most trusted and successful digital recruitment agencies, with offices in London, Manchester, Sydney and Dubai.

A community of the brightest minds in digital. With 150,000 social followers and a legacy database of 25,000 candidates – we have an unparalleled reach.

Thought leaders. Our team of Gurus are passionate, intelligent and work hard to build personal, honest relationships. Most importantly, we are true experts in our fields.

Google loves us. We proudly hold Google’s #1 ranking for ‘Digital Recruitment Agency’.

The expert choice. If you’re ready to move forward in digital, our award-winning team of Gurus specialise in the following areas: Creative & UX | Technical | Project Management | Client Services | Search & Marketing | Social Media & PR | Ad Tech & Sales | Mobile | Big Data.

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Knight Corporate Finance

Since Knight CF formed in December 2008 it has completed over 80 transactions, worked on an on-going basis with numerous retained clients and undertaken a number of strategic reviews and projects.

Knight founders Paul and Adam have both spent long periods of their careers in senior commercial and operational roles in the TMT sector including Martin Dawes Telecommunications, Opal Telecom (Talk Talk Business), Cellcom and V Networks, as well as corporate finance roles in Gartner and PWC.

Knight is now a team of 10 professionals operating from offices in Warrington and London, and our unique sector experience has been bolstered by key hires with private equity, banking, transactional services and accounting expertise. This blend of experience allows Knight to see opportunities from multiple perspectives and ultimately deliver the best possible solution to our clients.

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Network Marketing

Network Marketing – Recruitment, Done Properly

For over 20 years, Network Marketing has played an important role in helping businesses grow across the North of England. From our offices in central Manchester our focus has always been to help NW agencies and marketing departments to find the best people for the job.

Our Manchester team headed up by Andrew Haldenby, manage a diverse range and level of marketing roles. At the senior end we have been successful recruiting Marketing Directors through to heads of marketing agencies. Of course, we have a team that are equally comfortable recruiting across all levels of marketing, digital and creative positions.

We’re a straight forward bunch and our core ethos and approach is “Recruitment, done properly”. We know our industry inside out which ensures we always offer the best recruitment experience possible, focusing on finding quality people and clear communications.

If you would like to discuss any recruitment needs for your business or you are interested in exploring opportunities for your own career progression then catch up with Andrew and the team over a beer, wine or soft drink at the drinks reception at Prolific North Live. We hope to see you there.

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Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 55 countries around the world.

We represent in excess of 24,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

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The Bulletproof Agency Network

The Bulletproof Agency Network provide events, tools and resources specifically for digital creative businesses, helping them to build highly profitable and bulletproof agencies. We bring together experienced industry advisers and agency owners to offer insights and advice on what it takes to build a thriving agency. At PNL 2018 we will showcase some of Manchester’s most successful agency owners and industry experts and ask them probing questions on the key drivers of success for agencies.

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Think Box

Thinkbox is the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, in all its forms. It works with the marketing community with a single ambition: to help advertisers get the best out of today’s TV.

Its shareholders are Channel 4, ITV, Sky Media, Turner Media Innovations and UKTV, who together represent over 99% of commercial TV advertising revenue through their owned and partner TV channels. Associate Members are Discovery Networks Norway, Disney, London Live, TAM Ireland, Think TV (Australia), thinktv (Canada), TVN Media (Poland),TV Globo (Brazil), TV2 (Norway) and Virgin Media. Discovery Networks UK & Ireland, and STV also give direct financial support.

TV today has more to offer advertisers than ever before, not least because this growing medium remains at the heart of popular culture and advertising effectiveness. From understanding how audiences engage with TV advertising, uncovering what the latest technological developments mean, explaining innovative and affordable solutions, and encouraging creativity to providing the rigorous proof of effectiveness that advertisers need, Thinkbox is here to help businesses meet their marketing objectives.

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Combining cutting-edge technology and award-winning customer service, UKFast supports the internet fortunes of some of the world’s biggest brands and most innovative startups.

UKFast delivers dedicated server hosting, cloud services and colocation to more than 5,000 clients, with a wide-ranging product portfolio including Infrastructure as a Service, DR as a Service and its cloud offering, eCloud®. UKFast also partners with some of the North’s most exciting digital agencies to help accelerate their clients’ growth.

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WAVEMAKER is a content, media and technology agency designed to flex into the future. We have a clear purpose – bound together by our Purchase Journey approach, we help clients translate audience behaviours and insights into smart decisions today, for a prosperous tomorrow.

Together we are dealing with many exciting and challenging forces of change that are disrupting the media and marketing industry. WAVEMAKER builds on our foundational media capabilities to bring more content, technology and data solutions to our clients in service of their growth.

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2018 Media Partners


BIMA is Britain’s digital community.

Our mission is to drive innovation and excellence across the digital industry. We are the connectors, thought leaders, champions and change-makers determining the shape of Britain’s digital economy.

We are powerful because our members make us so. BIMA councils set the agenda in digital hubs around the country. Our Think Tanks help industry leaders and practitioners fuel the future. And our communities underpin everything we do.

Our independence and not-for- profit status gives government and the media confidence in our integrity.

Areas of activity:

Build connections
Deliver thought leadership
Recognise Excellence
Drive change

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The latest regional business news, tips, exclusive interviews, lifestyle features and more in Yorkshire, North West, West Midlands and East Midlands.

Services include: News, events, advertising and business development.

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Our network of more than 1,000 UK companies is privy to research, free legal advice, political lobbying and industry guidance. Our members connect at regular events that inspire creativity, innovation, responsible marketing and more. Most of them are free. A DMA membership is a badge of accreditation. We give the industry best-practice guidelines, legal updates and a code that puts the customer at the heart. We represent a data-driven industry that’s leading the business sector in creativity and innovation. One-to-one-to-millions marketing attracts the brightest minds; individuals that will shape the future. By sharing our knowledge, together, we’ll make it vibrant.

Find out what we can do for you: membership@dma.org.uk

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce


With over 4500 members, the largest accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the Chamber is located in the heart of the City Centre and has a strong presence in Greater Manchester’s ten local authority areas.

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Internet Advertising Bureau UK

The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) is the trade association for online and mobile advertising. It promotes growth and best practice for advertisers, agencies and media owners.

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Master Mindset

We help companies grow.

We accomplish this using a science model, built to understand the emotional intelligence, habits and behaviours that exist as a collective in your company and in your marketplace. The more you understand about what attracts people to make decisions in your favour the more you win.

We call this the science of making people act

We run a problem solving session, for free as we like to let our quality do the talking. Just DM me for a chat, I love problem solving, anything that keeps you awake at night is a good place to start.

Our client results:
201% Conversion Optimisation – MyThreadlab.com, Mens Fashion Brand
457% Growth in sales – Amirab.com, Womens Fashion Brand
731% Social growth – DrugFAM.co.uk, Charity
We are currently working with Engage Education, Ringspun, Elvis Jesus, Stoopid Deals, The Fashion Network, The Tie Fix, Skinny Tie Madness, Clever Doormats and partner with Happen (Global Innovation Agency).

We are part human, part machine, 100% science.

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Northern Soul

Written in the North of England by Northern writers, the popular Northern Soul webzine is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.

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