On Wednesday 19th October, the cream of creative Manchester is gathering in The Bonded Warehouse, St John’s, on the site of the Old Granada Studios next week to shape a positive future in Theresa May’s post-Brexit Britain. Key to that, they say, is city identity: not only for Manchester, the poster city for devolution, but for cities across the north and elsewhere in the country.
Design Manchester, a non-profit that speaks for the design community and organises the city’s annual design festival, is using its third Great Debate to discuss the role of design and the creative industries in our future cities, and sees the event as an opportunity for the sector to discuss its evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture Media & Sport’s enquiry into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital market.
At Pannone Corporate, we recognise the importance of choices made in the coming months with regards to Brexit. With all the public confusion leading up to the referendum, it’s more important than ever that we discuss and debate the potential consequences of legislative changes in an open and honest forum. As a major contributor to the UK’s economic future, the creative industries, particularly in Manchester, need to be in this discussion. This is one of the reasons we are supporting Design Manchester as a key contributor and as a sponsor of The Great Debate event.
The team are also looking forward to discussions on a variety of other city related topics including the public realm, architecture and transport, city devolution and how data is changing our cities.
Covering these topics, will be an expert panel including former EU Trade Commissioner Lord Mandelson, front-runner of Manchester’s mayoral elections Andy Burnham and Sheffield based star designer Ian Anderson. The debate will be chaired by CEO of digital design studio magneticNorth, Lou Cordwell.
We’re looking forward to the debate and will be sharing our highlights from the day on our Twitter page, so keep an eye out for that.