CottonmouthMCR is a weekly podcast hosted by our Chief Exec, Vaughan Allen. Tune in to hear us discuss the issues affecting city centre Manchester and Salford. We’ll be looking at rough sleeping, security and transport, the history of our cities, and the rise and rise of the food and beverage sector. And we’ll be interviewing many of our major players, from cultural to business to political leaders.

New episodes every Thursday (and sometimes more often).

Download on iTunes and ACast (just search Cottonmouth Manchester) or stream below via Soundcloud.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 46: Cate Allison, CEO, MASH

In our final episode of Cottonmouth MCR, we’re talking to Cate Allison, the outgoing CEO of the wonderful MASH about the charity’s history and growth, how their services have altered to support female sex workers, what’s happening now on the streets, what the future holds, and what businesses can do to support them.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 45: Manchester Central Library

In this episode of Cottonmouth MCR we talk to Neil Macinnes, Manchester City Council lead for libraries, about the re-development of Central Library, how to make libraries relevant to the 21st Century, its place in Manchester and lots more.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 44: Fazenda

In this episode of Cottonmouth MCR we talk to Tomas Maunier, co-founder of Fazenda about the passion that drove him to start the restaurant, how the chain organically grows, how staff are at the centre of everything and the future of F&B in Manchester.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 41: Manchester Museum

In this episode of Cottonmouth MCR we talk to Esme Ward, (relatively) new director of the Manchester Museum about the plans for expansion of the museum, refreshing the galleries and displays, and how they intend to connect to local communities.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 37: Pubs!

Talking to Esther Maylor of The Eagle Inn in Salford and Steffi Price of Gullivers in the Northern Quarter, about being a landlady, the role of pubs in communities, running venues, working with brewers, and why a pub is not just about drinking.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 36: Blueprint Studios

Talking to Blueprint Studios Owners, Ian Stewart and Tim Thomas, about the evolution of Salford’s world-renowned studios. How it all started, the parties upstairs, how 50 Cent gave them a boost, how things have changed in the industry and what it sounds like when a Dalek needs a loo break.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 35: Gin

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we look at the growth and growth of gin. How did we get from Mother’s Ruin to here, when every railway arch has a distillery? Talking to Charlie Hooson-Sykes, writer and gin expert and propagandist, Seb Heeley from Manchester Gin and Lucy McAvoy from Four sis4ers gin.

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