The Manchester PA Network is a non-for-profit organisation that was founded in Spring 2013. The Manchester PA network originally launched to just 50 members and now has over 800 members and has raised over £100,000 for the Christie Charity. The network is run by the co-founders Amanda Hargreaves and Melanie Sheehy, with Holly Moore on the Board.
The challenge of the third annual Manchester PA Awards was that it had grown from 200 guests in 2015, to nearly 700 in 2017 and this meant we had to be wary of the budget as there is a limited amount to produce the awards . The revenue is generated by sponsorship, so the Manchester PA Network drew on it’s supporters and enlisted Citation, Gaucho, Adam Fidler Academy, Holly Dickinson, Addison Lee, Victoria Warehouse, Robert Walters and Make Events as sponsors of the event.
Make Events were key sponsor and also procured many events services discounted which included the venue, production and entertainment.
The event has to be prestigious, as top businesses from Greater Manchester were attending. It also had to be inline with Robert Walters’ brand values as well as ensuring that the Manchester PA Network keep their reputation for creating magical and memorable events.
Make Events approached Victoria Warehouse to support the event, due to its capacity allowance and how stereo-typically ‘Manchester’ the venue is with its industrial history.
The production included a large screen and a live feed camera, this was something we were extremely conscious of as last year, people sat at the back struggled to see the stage. We wanted to ensure everyone felt welcomed and had the same experience no matter where they were sat.
The tables were themed with steam punk lamps to match the industrial, warehouse vibe in the venue, which suited the exposed its brick walls and concrete floors.
TV host Matt Johnson, known for presenting ITV’s This Mornings ‘Hub’, hosted the evening. We knew that he would suit the demographic and he was able to hold the room well.
Make Events also invited and secured Manchester poet Tony Walsh to perform his poem ‘This is the Place’ in tribute to the victims and those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing. This was a special moment in the evening where everyone fell silent to reflect and listen to his beautiful poem.
The entertainment was the outstanding RPJ Band, fronted by the late Status Quo artist Rick Parfitt’s son and Manchester’s Halle Orchestra.
There were 11 awards in total, all leading up to ‘Manchester PA of The Year’. Winners were awarded with flowers, a bottle of champagne, an afternoon tea voucher and an invitation to the winners dinner.
The awards evening also hosted a raffle, with profits benefiting The Christie Charity. This brings the total amount of money raised by the Manchester PA Network to over £100k.
The event was a great success. Every year we surpass the previous one in size, design and entertainment. We are sure The 2018 Manchester PA Awards will be no exception.
“WOW, you were amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you. From start to finish you really understood our aim. We loved working with you and the team – it ran like clockwork.”
– Amanda Hargreaves, Co-Founder of Manchester PA Network
“You did an awesome job and really should pat yourself on the back. It was a huge event to pull off and you did it – Go Faye and the team of course, we know how much you put into it.”
– – Melanie Sheehy, Co-Founder of Manchester PA Network