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Mar 27

The first Manchester meeting of the Windows Azure User Group will take place on Wednesday 4 April at 6pm for 6.30pm start at The Studio, The Hive, 47-51 Lever Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FN. It is free to attend.

The group is open to all who work with the cloud platform Windows Azure. The evening will be presented by Michael Royster, architect at Microsoft with Becca Martin and John Mitchell from Blush Packages. The discussion will be on open data and the Azure marketplace.

Carlos Oliveira, Shaping Cloud is helping to organise the Group said: “The Windows Azure User Group has been running very successful evenings in London and it is great to be involved in establishing the group in Manchester, as their first location outside of the capital. The Group will meet regularly to discuss developments and share knowledge.”

Anyone wishing to attend the first evening should visit and register interest. Food and drinks will be supplied.


For further information about the Manchester Windows User Group please contact:

Cathy Hamer, Shaping Cloud on 0161 408 5333 or

For all press enquiries please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or



Mar 15

Today Allied London announced the first two companies to take work space at Tower 12, Avenue North, Spinningfields, Manchester. They are Datalex, a global provider of software to the travel industry and the UK’s leading planning consultancy Barton Willmore.

Michael Ingall, chief executive, Allied London Properties Limited said: “Tower 12 is set to become another significant landmark on the Spinningfields estate and securing our first two commercial occupiers shows the new product is already creating a market for itself well before completion. The building is going to be a very special place to work and do business by the summer.

“Tower 12 is more than just work space. It is complemented by Avenue North beneath it and we have no fewer than five restaurants under offer, all to be operated by independents with fantastic track records. It goes to show that if the product is carefully considered and designed, it can be successful and attract different commercial operators who see and share our vision.”

OBI Property is the leasing consultant acting on behalf of Allied London. Will Lewis, partner, OBI Property said: “Despite the challenging economic climate, it is testament to the intelligent design of the space created at Tower 12 that we are able to secure lettings before the project is complete. Occupiers in Manchester appreciate the latest Spinningfields work space and there is strong interest in the remaining space.”

Barton Willmore is the largest planning consultancy in the UK and opened its first Manchester office last year. The company is enjoying rapid expansion and is moving into Tower 12 as it increases its team.

Dan Mitchell, Barton Willmore partner in the Manchester office, said: “We are very excited to move into a new office space to accommodate our expanding team in Manchester and take advantage of the many opportunities across the North West. Tower 12 will give us a high quality contemporary space in which to grow as a business in the heart of the city.”

Datalex is one of the world’s leading providers of software to major airlines and travel agencies including Air China, Aer Lingus, STA Travel, Trailfinders, United Airlines and The Co-operative Travel. Datalex was attracted to Tower 12 because it wants to provide an inspirational and forward thinking working environment for its staff.

Mike Naylor, director of business development, Datalex said: “We’re really impressed with the space at Tower 12. Its thoughtful design will provide a great working environment that will allow us to continue to innovate for customers. We’re looking forward to moving in.”

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

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For further information on Tower 12 and OBI Property please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or

Notes to Editors

About Barton Willmore

Established in 1936, Barton Willmore is one the UK’s leading independent planning and design practices. The practice became an LLP on 1st April 2009.

Barton Willmore offers comprehensive planning, masterplanning, landscape design, project management, design and regeneration expertise. The practice acts for both private and public sector clients across all types of development, from key national urban regeneration sites to a local village hall.

Barton Willmore has ten regional offices around the UK: Reading, London, Leeds, Solihull, Bristol, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Notable developments on which Barton Willmore is working include: Boulton Moor, Worcester Bosch, Longbridge, Stirling East Major, Chester Zoo and Eastern Quarry in the Thames Gateway

International projects include the King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) and Kingdom Land in Saudi Arabia and Beitun City in China.





Mar 01

Today award-winning, Media CityUK based, floral design company Verdure has revealed its collection for Mother’s Day (Sunday 18 March). Designed with the flowers already arranged in vases, so Mum doesn’t have to them herself, the collection is available to order online now from and prices start from £25.

Verdure has created eight different designs centred around pink, yellow and cream flowers, including the large headed and long lasting pink Titanic® and white Avalanche® roses. The roses are matched with pink and white Majolica® spray roses, scented freesias, alstromeria, astrantia and Mother’s Day favourites tulips.

Adi Thomas, Verdure said: “This Mother’s Day we’ve decided to provide our flowers already arranged in vases so when Mum receives them, all she needs to do is put them in her favourite spot and enjoy them. We’ve chosen very feminine flowers for the collection and the cream, yellow and pink blooms really complement one another. We’ll provide Mum with easy to follow care instructions so she can enjoy her flowers, and their scent, for as long as possible.”

The Verdure Mother’s Day collection includes: Mum’s Tulips – pink and yellow dutch tulips arranged in a glass vase from £25; a hand woven heart shaped willow basket with an arrangement of Titanic® roses, astrantia and white Majolica® spray roses from £30 to £60 and Mother’s Delight, an arrangement of Titanic® Roses, Avalanche® Roses, yellow roses, white and pink Majolica® spray Roses and assorted foliage arranged in a glass cylinder vase from £55 to £100.

Verdure will hand deliver all flowers ordered by 8pm on Saturday 17 March and orders placed by 2pm on Mother’s Day (subject to an additional delivery charge), guaranteed.

Partners Kai Leek and Adi Thomas set up floral design company Verdure in 2005. Based in MediaCity UK, Salford, the team of six provide flowers and floral design services for a wide range of customers including weddings, award ceremonies, product launches, parties, football clubs and concert venues. They have a very strong retail side to the business and are able to make deliveries across the UK. Verdure won silver gilt awards at RHS Tatton Park flower show in 2010 and 2011, and won best exhibition stand at the recent Tatton Park Wedding Show.

Twitter: @Verdure_Floral


For Further Information Please Contact:

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or

The Complete Verdure Mother’s Day Collection (images available from Lisa Ashurst)

Mum’s Tulips

A beautiful arrangement of pink and yellow Dutch Tulips arranged in a glass cylinder vase.

Small £25, Medium £35, Large £45, Extra Large £55

Mother’s Love

A hand woven heart shaped willow basket with an arrangement of the finest very large headed Titanic® roses, astrantia and white Majolica® spray roses with foliage.

Small £30 (3 Titanic roses), Medium £40 (5 roses), Large £50 (7 roses), Extra Large £60 (9 roses)

Yummy Mummy

A stylish arrangement of Titanic® Roses, assorted flowers and foliage arranged in a glass cylinder vase.

Small £30, Medium £40, Large £50, Extra Large £60

Mum’s Teacup

A wonderful arrangement of pink gerberas, yellow freesia and white Majolica® spray roses with foliage arranged in a glass teacup shaped vase.

Small £35, Medium £45, Large £55, Extra Large £65

Mother’s Delight

A fabulous arrangement of Titanic® roses, Avalanche® roses, yellow roses, white and pink Majolica® spray roses, assorted flowers and foliage arranged in a glass cylinder vase.

Small £55, Medium £70, Large £85, Extra Large £100

Mum’s Tea Time

A fabulous arrangement of pink Titanic Roses®, white Avalanche Roses® and astrantia with foliage arranged in a glass teacup shaped vase.

Small £45, Medium £55, Large £65, Extra Large £75

Mother’s Joy

A naturally styled arrangement of yellow roses, tulips, alstromeria, scented flowers and assorted foliage arranged in a glass cylinder vase.

Small £35, Medium £45, Large £55, Extra Large £65

Mum’s Orchids

A premium quality phalaenopsis orchid plant with many flowers, arranged in a beautiful coordinating container.

This exceptional plant has incredible presence. It arrives with many buds and produces many delicate yet hardy flowers for up to 2 months when cared for correctly.

Small £25, Medium £35, Large £45, Extra Large £55



Mar 01

As the Olympic summer gets closer and large numbers of security professionals are being drawn to London, Manchester- based Primary Security are combating this drain on security personnel by looking for new recruits to deal with their busiest year to date.

The security firm, run by Sacha Lord Marchionne, who created The Warehouse Project and security professional Mark Turnbull, is seeing an increase in capacity at many of the festivals it provides security for this year. With a planned doubling of security staff at this year’s Warehouse Project and visitor numbers at June’s Park Life festival set to rise to 70,000 (up from 50,000 last year), while the weekend show Transmission at Jodrell Bank in June will attract 20,000 people (up from 5,000 last year which was just one event), more security professionals are needed now to cope with the numbers.

Sacha said: “We’re determined to make sure that the Olympics won’t mean that the festivals we look after lack any security presence on the ground. We’re looking for new recruits who will understand that working in security is about looking after the festival goers, and who will take their position seriously.”

This week Primary Security has been appointed to provide door staff at busy Manchester city centre karaoke cocktail bar K2. Located in China Town, K2 is open seven days a week from 2pm-2am Sunday to Thursdays and open until 4am Friday and Saturday. Eight security staff will be working there during its busiest times.

Primary Security was set up in 2010 and has provided quality security services for Creamfields, Park Life, Kendal Calling, Transmission at Jodrell Bank, The Warehouse Project and Manchester clubs Venus, South and Magnet in Liverpool, looking after the well-being of 500,000 people. It employs 40 full time staff.

Anyone interested in working for Primary Security should contact the team on email: or call 0161 835 3500.


For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or