1. Can you tell us a bit about The Loop Manchester and what you do?
The Loop is Manchester’s dedicated high speed fibre network. Part of Gamma, The Loop has one of Manchester’s largest fibre footprints, stretching for more than 150 kilometres with a presence in many local media hubs including The Sharp Project, The Space Project and MediaCityUK. The Loop offers dedicated internet connectivity, designed to meet the high capacity, mission critical needs of today’s media, creative and digital businesses.
2. What made you sign up as an exhibitor at Prolific North Live?
The media, creative and digital sector is a perfect match for us and we want to tell the creative community about The Loop. Companies in this sector demand masses of bandwidth to upload and transfer very large files quickly and efficiently. Because we can bring fibre directly into a building and not just to a cabinet shared by many, we don’t offer ‘up to’ speeds that vary depending on the number of users. We can guarantee unlimited capacity from 50Mb/s to 1Gb/s of connectivity which makes our proposition to these internet hungry companies very attractive.
3. What are you looking forward to bringing to the event?
We have experts in this field that can share their knowledge and help educate attendees on the most innovative way to connect to the internet. If bandwidth is critical to your business we can explain how best to access it. Faster internet speeds give companies the edge in a connected market. We understand how the creative sector works and can advise people on what is best for their business.
4. What excites you most about the North’s media and creative sectors?
The size of the opportunity is massive for us. This sector is growing so fast, and because everyone wants more and more bandwidth, we are in a great place to service this. Manchester has a unique proposition. Very few cities have fibre embedded into the city’s infrastructure like we do and the fact companies can tap into it is great for all concerned. The Loop can help give Manchester’s media and creative sector the edge over other cities. It’s a huge asset and one that is yet to be fully realised.
5. Why is the North such an exciting place to be right now for creative and digital businesses?
You only need to attend an event like Prolific North to see the vast range of ages and thinkers, where creativity meets experience. The sector is growing at a rapid rate and the city’s ambitions to be a global digital city by 2020 means there is a great deal of investment from Manchester City Council and other public sector organisations to ensure this happens.
6. Where do you see The Loop in five years time?
Our ambition is to be the go-to provider of connectivity for the media, creative and digital sector. We are a small team but supported by a large parent company so you get the personal touch and the flexibility associated with a SME but the reassurance and support services that a company employing 1.750 people brings. We do things to a very high standard and our customers appreciate this and we find that they are our greatest ambassadors when they endorse our work.
7. If the Loop could have a dinner party with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Turing and Tony Wilson. I don’t think I need to explain why.