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 or listen below via Soundcloud.

Episode 11: Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett

Paul Dennett has been City Mayor of Salford for just over a year. Here he talks about what he does, the inspiration he finds in the people of Salford, his role in Andy Burnham’s cabinet, the issue of homelessness and the need for developers and companies investing in the city to give back. 

Episode 10: Barney Ibbotson and Stan Chow

Barney and Stan met in school, and have pursued parallel paths since then as illustrators and designers. They talk about being creative entrepreneurs, not being paid, negotiating fees, what the scene is like in Manchester, and the frustrations and pleasures of their careers. 

Episode 9: Retail in Manchester City Centre

Talking to Paul Hales of Costa and Lisa Kay of Kiehls, alongside Phil Schulze of the Manchester Business Improvement District about retail in Manchester city centre–what’s new, how to get good staff, how to keep your brand fresh, and what happens when there’s a Costa on every corner. 

Episode 8: The history of St Ann’s Manchester

We talk to Roger Ward of Mr Tom’s Chophouse and Revd Nigel Ashworth of St Ann’s Church about the history of the area of St Ann’s Manchester, the interplay of church and pub, the development of the city, the first oil boom and the importance of memorials…

Episode 7: Lou Cordwell, Founder, magneticNorth

We talk to Lou Cordwell, founder and MD of MagneticNorth, one of the country’s leading digital agencies, about starting the company, navigating the dotcom crash, the Manchester digital scene and how her management style has changed over the years. Also, lots of tips about being an entrepreneur.

Episode 6: Mayfield

Mayfield is one of the biggest development sites in the city centre. In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to Guy Illingworth, Operations Director of developer U+I about the history of the site and how they’re approaching the next ten years of work.

Episode 5: The History of King Street

King Street remains Manchester’s premier shopping destination. In this episode, we chat to Manchester historian and tour guide Jonathan Schofield about the history of the street, its ups and downs and how it might develop in the future.

Episode 4: The Restaurant Show

With the continuing growth of the F&B scene in Manchester, we talk to Thom Hetherington, CEO of the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show and Simon Binns, What’s On Editor of the Manchester Evening News about all things food. And beer. And why we need more real pubs in Manchester.

Episode 3: HOME Manchester

HOME Manchester has just celebrated its second birthday. We take the chance to chat to CEO Dave Moutrey about how HOME took shape, why they needed to move on from the Cornerhouse, and the arts and cultural scene in Manchester.

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