BE MORE CREATIVE returns with BE MORE MANCHESTER – an unmissable celebration of Greater Manchester’s unique creativity and thriving creative industries.

Be More Manchester: Overview

Day 1

Be More Manchester launches with an exclusive day exploring our theme of the day ‘The Future of Storytelling’. 

Featuring a spoken word performance from cultural phenomenon Lemn Sissay; a thought-provoking panel discussion with experts across Film, TV, Games and Tech; hear the stories of Manchester companies leading innovation and discover the creative journey of Ged Doherty; from growing up in Manchester to becoming the CEO of Sony Music UK, Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the BRIT Awards, and co-founding Raindog Films with Colin Firth.

This is followed by the opportunity to make connections over drinks provided by Manchester-based Alphabet Brewery, by local street food favourites The Blue Caribou Canteen & Wholesome Junkies. Guest will also experience innovative technology at the cutting edge of content creation, including Renegade Fortress and Future Aleppo, and music from Sonic Sahara.

Day 2: Do

Join us for BE MORE MANCHESTER day two, a morning event of masterclasses and workshops led by Contact Marketing Association and Ian Golding for creative businesses working in Manchester, followed by a networking lunch.

The day is opened with a workshop from the Content Marketing Association (CMA), the industry association for marketing, publishing, advertising and social agencies. With an overarching aim to promote the use of content as an effective marketing tool to client marketers and showcase the channels it can be used for, the CMA regularly hold training sessions with their clients to train their clients to make the best use possible of their platforms. 

Their morning session is a great opportunity for delegates to hear from the experts on the best way to approach and craft their marketing content.  

We have a masterclass run by Customer Experience Consultant Ian Golding on how to tell the story of your business. A highly influential freelance CX consultant, Ian advises leading companies on CX strategy, measurement, improvement and employee advocacy techniques and solutions, and is an internationally renowned speaker and blogger.

For enquires, please contact Marketing@creativeengland.co.uk 

Be More Manchester: Speakers

Lemn Sissay MBE -  Poet & Author 

Lemn Sissay MBE is an author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays.  Lemn was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics.  His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London.  They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park.   Lemn was official poet for The FA Cup 2015 and his Desert Island Discs was pick of the year for BBC Radio 4 2015.


Ged Doherty - Film Producer / Chairman of BPI / BRTI Awards

Ged Doherty is the Chairman of the BPI & BRIT AwardsLtd, one of the UK Music Industry’s leading trade bodies, whose members are responsible for more than 85% of the recorded music sold or consumed across the country. The BPI represents over 300 independent labels, alongside industry heavyweights Sony, Warner, and Universal Music; and own and organize The Brit Awards, The Classic Brits, and The Mercury Music Prize.


Dan Gray - Head of Studio, Ustwo Games

Dan's 11 year long career has spanned games studios small and large, from the legendary Lionhead Studios, to indie darlings Hello Games and for the past five years ustwo games, where his release Monument Valley gained critical acclaim in 2014 as a game changer on mobile, winning multiple awards along the way. 


Valentina Ventimiglia - Animator & Storyboard Artist

Valentina Ventimiglia is an Animator based in Greater Manchester. She is currently working on her own series of animated music videos of original songs, Labuntina, which is aimed at entertaining and educating children. The series will launch on Sky’s on-demand services at the beginning of Summer. Valentina has previously worked on a variety of productions, including Fantastic Mr. Fox and Frankenweenie.


Dan Kokotaljo - Writer & Director

Daniel Kokotajlo is a self-taught film director and writer from Manchester, U.K. His debut feature film, Apostasy premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2017 and screened at San Sebastian and London Film Festival where it won the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award. Apostasy will be cinemas in 2018 distributed through Curzon Artificial Eye. 


Simon Lumb - Senior Product Manager, BBC Research & Development

Si Lumb is Senior Product Manager for BBC Research & Development, specialising in games technology and interactive format innovation. He works in the Connected Studio and User Experience team experimenting with new types of audience experiences and prototypes in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, new types of play and the use of games technology to enhance and expand the notion of modern broadcasting.


Hosted by Georgie Barrat - Journalist & TV Presenter

Georgie is a leading technology journalist and presenter.
Earlier this year she joined the presenting team on Channel 5’s Gadget Show. This was a dream come true for Georgie and she has loved the challenge so far. Georgie also writes about tech for a range of publications including The Mirror, Marie Claire, Huffington Post & Tech City News and has spoken on the subject for the likes of ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC.


Caroline Norbury - MBE, Chief Executive, Creative England

Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

Be More Manchester: Agenda

Date: Thursday 15th February 2018

12:30 Host introduction - Introduction to the day with Georgie Barratt

Be More Inspired - Creative opening from poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE 

Be More Creative - Keynote Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England

Be More Open - In Conversation with Ged Doherty, 

Be More Ambitious - The personal journies of people creating new businesses in the region

Be More Innovative - Panel: The Future of Storytelling 

Be More Manchester -  Andy Burnham / Mark Hughes Keynote (TBC)

Be More Connected - Networking with local street food vendors, drink vendors, live DJs and an opportunity to experiences various creative technologies.

Be More Manchester: Photography


Be more Manchester: Live

Be More Inspired - Creative opening from Lemn Sissay MBE


Be More Manchester - Keynote from Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester


Be More Creative -  Keynote from Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England


Be More Open - In conversation with Ged Doherty, Founder of Raindog Films,

Chairman of the BPI and BRIT Awards


Be More Ambitious - Hear the personal stories of the remarkable people leading the most innovative companies in the region, including Social Chain, Skylab, Personalyze and Cyber Coach

SkyLab - Nigel Collier, CEO

Personalyze - Andrew Ko, CEO, Co-Founder

Cyber Coach - Glen Jones, MD

Social Chan - Katy Leeson, MD


 Be More Innovative - Insightful discussion exploring storytelling as the core of creativity with Dan Gray (UsTwo Games), Valentina Ventimiglia (Animator), Dan Kokotajlo (Filmmaker) & Simon Lumb (BBC R&D), hosted by Design Manchester’s Fiona McGarva