Design Manchester 2016

Today sees the start of Design Manchester. I’m delighted that we’re partnering with them as the headline sponsor. It was great to see so many people here at Co-op for the partner launch event the other night.

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Malcolm Garrett, Co-curator Design Manchester

Manchester is a known leader in the creative and media sector, with a vibrant eco-system of design and technology companies. The Co-op has always had communities at it’s heart and it’s vital the Co-op plays an active part the design and technology community.

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Sir Richard Leese, Leader,  Manchester City Council

I’m really excited about all the events this year and especially the things we’re helping to host or organise. The Women in Print exhibition here in our atrium from the 13th October, the Ladies that UX event on 18th October, the two day Generational workshops on the 17th & 18th October or the work we’re doing with our Co-op Academies. More about those events in due course. You can find the full schedule of events for DM16 here.

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The Women in Print Exhibition at the Co-op – 1 Angel Square

We’re looking to build a world class design capability here in Manchester. So we’re hiring. If you’re a designer – print or digital and you’re interested in working with us get in touch.

Ben Terrett
Group Design Director

 

 

Design Manchester Partnership

This year we’re partnering with Design Manchester and are proud to be the headline sponsor of DM16. This will be the fourth annual design festival in our city, celebrating design in all its forms and like the Co-op has collaboration and inclusivity at its heart. That’s why we’ve both agreed to sign up to Owen Barder’s pledge to make clear our shared commitment not to organise any panel discussions of two or more people at the festival without having at least one woman contributor.

Image showing Design Manchester and Co-op Partnership

This partnership couldn’t come at a more exciting time for us as we return to our pioneering roots and look to build a world class design capability here in Manchester. It’s important that we work with the flourishing design community here on our doorstep. The design festival takes place in venues across our city and we’re looking forward to working alongside the fantastic team at Design Manchester, hosting a a range of digital, design and public outreach events here at Co-op from 12th to 22nd October.

“We are particularly excited to announce the Co-op as our partner for the DM16 festival, coinciding as it does with the rejuvenation of this iconic Manchester brand. There is a wonderful synergy between the aims and objectives of the Co-op, bringing a design- and customer-driven focus to the fore, and the aspirations of DM16 as an open platform that celebrates design in all its forms and for the good of all people, with Manchester as its home”.
Malcolm Garrett RDI, Co-Director of Design Manchester

“Manchester is a known leader in the creative and media sector, with a vibrant eco-system of design and technology companies. It’s vital the Co-op plays an active part in that community. Our partnership with Design Manchester signals our intention to create a world class design capability inside the Co-op, building on the talent we already have. This comes at a pivotal moment for us as we work to re-create Co-op for a digital era, and demonstrate a different way of doing business for an increasingly connected community, making all our products and services user focused”
Ben Terrett, Group Design Director, Co-op

We’ll be sure to blog with more details as they are confirmed, but you can also  follow Design Manchester on Twitter or visit them on Facebook.

Gemma Kidd
Senior Brand Manager