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Hot spots for Manchester's young professionals

MediaCityUK

Right on the banks of the Manchester ship canal and connected to the city centre with good transport links, you’ll find MediaCityUK. Here, more than 250 media and digital businesses rub shoulders with the likes of the BBC, Kellogg’s and Ericsson.

If, like myself, you enjoy the different then this is the place to visit. Here there is everything for young and old and you just don't know who you might meet from the TV. If in town this is an absolute must visit - loved it!

Take a stroll around MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, home to the some of the UKs biggest business names, and immerse yourself in everything entertainment. There are plenty of places to sit and relax, or perhaps take a visit to fascinating sets such as the Blue Peter garden or Coronation Street in an attempt to hunt down some famous faces. MediaCityUK is an international hub for technology, innovation and creativity and plays host to a wide variety of leisure activities making the vibrant destination an exciting place to work, live or play.

Businesses that are lucky enough to have an office at MediaCityUK will place themselves at the heart of activity as they will be sitting close to an awe-inspiring array of brands and talent.. There’s a great selection of space available, from flexible solutions for freelancers and smaller companies to larger office options for companies that need room to grow.

If you’re searching for somewhere to hold an event, then look no further. This buzzing tourist attraction has two large outdoor public spaces – a breath-taking waterfront piazza which is beautifully complemented by the plaza in front of the Lowry Outlet. You will find many venues to hold conferences and events both inside and outside the gigantic buildings. The Landing offers conference facilitates capable of seating 185 people or for smaller scale events, meanwhile The Greenhouse can accommodate up to 30 people in a number of rooms perfect for meetings, receptions, drinks and business breakfast.

Looking for fine dining or just grabbing a bite to go? MediaCityUK also has a vast range of prestigious venues for you to fulfil all of your consumption needs. From world-renowned restaurants such as Prezzo and Cau, ideal for socialising with your colleagues, to coffee chains like Costa and Pret a Manger, if you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up - MediaCityUK has it all.

HOME

HOME is a great space for letting creative ideas flow. There’s a café bar and bookshop, as well as gallery and visual arts areas. You can meet up with clients or get on with your own tasks in this inspiring location.

Often referred to as Manchester’s centre for international art, theatre and film, HOME establishes a space for business professionals to innovate, discover and create. Danny Boyle led the opening weekend for the centre in May 2015, crowning it Manchester’s new native for theatre, film and visual arts. There is an impressive array of things to do at HOME, from cinematic events at the box office to grabbing a bite to eat or an after-work drink at one of the three dining spaces – the Ground Floor Bar, First Floor Restaurant and Cinema Bar and Roof Terrace.

Located between Oxford Road Train Station and Deansgate Train Station, HOME is very easy to get to – you can travel here by bus, bike, train, taxi, and tram or even hop on the free Metroshuttle bus from Piccadilly or Victoria train station. If you choose to drive, there’s a car park next door to the centre which offers a 25% discount to HOME visitors.

HOME also offers a unique combination of high quality meeting spaces and venues, making it a highly sought after creative choice for a wide range of events. Venues you could hire include: five cinema spaces, two theatre spaces, a contemporary function room, outdoor terrace and a gallery space – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Ticket prices for entry varies between each area of the centre and also changes depending on peak times; however the exhibitions are completely free.

Loved trying HOME for food. I ordered the good old Fish and Chips which was absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked. The staff were diligent and friendly. A great place to visit, especially before the theatre if you're going, or even for a drink after a long day at work!