Pre-millennium Manchester is unrecognisable to the city that exists today.
Back then, there was no Beetham Tower, no Spinningfields, no flats bumping their heads on the clouds hanging above New Islington.
Everything has changed in the past twenty years – and various architects, developers and politicians have rightly enjoyed credit for turning our region into one of the world’s most exciting places to live.
But LOFT is something of an unsung hero in the assembly of the Manchester skyline.
As Manchester began to blossom with brand new flats, apartment, blocks, offices and student accommodation in the early noughties, a man named Benjamin Hall created LOFT – which became the place to go to furnish interiors.
Two decades on, Benjamin and his hundred-strong team are continuing to add style to Mancunia with their brand new store in Northern Quarter.
Beginning as Buy-To-Let Furnishings with a single van in 2003, LOFT has kept pace with Manchester and grown almost in parallel – expanding into a nationwide provider for high quality furnishings and interiors.
The company now employs 135 people full-time – with dedicated departments that cater for landlords, agents, student accommodation providers and BTR developers.
The LOFT Shop on High Street, which opened in February, is an exciting addition to Manchester city centre – with different deals available almost every day of the week.
These include ‘Sofa Sunday’ where customers can receive 10% off all sofas, ‘Accessories Tuesday’ (buy two cushions get one half price). We love this one; ‘Dine With Us Wednesday’ – offering 15% discounts on dining sets. ‘My Favourite Chair Thursday’ includes 10% discount on all armchairs, and at the end of the week there’s ‘That Friday Feeling’ – with discounts on bed frames and mattresses.
Shoppers can benefit from free delivery, assembly and installation with purchases (along with next day delivery available).
High-end furnishings come at affordable prices – with expert team members on hand in-store to offer insightful design advice.
LOFT has thrived by staying in tune with market trends – which have changed rapidly and dramatically during Manchester’s revival, whilst also remaining rigidly committed to its original core values.
Their promise is simple: All new furnishings come delivered, assembled and installed; and any old items are removed, replaced and recycled.
The LOFT Shop on High Street has been designed with the community in mind; offering trendy, characterful furnishings for the everyday home.
LOFT is continuing to play a huge part in the rejuvenation of Manchester, which it has done for over 17 years.
Now, the team is all set for another chapter.
You can check out LOFT’s new shop at 26-28 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1QB.
Hundreds of jobs up for grabs in the hotel that’s transforming one of Manchester’s biggest eyesores
Treehouse Hotel, which is transforming a building long-seen as an eyesore in Manchester, has launched a huge recruitment drive.
The massive hotel is set to open early next year, turning the former Renaissance site at the northern end of Deansgate into a 216-room hotel, complete with ‘secret forest’ treehouse canopy and three new restaurants and bars.
As it prepares to open its doors, Treehouse has announced 220 new job opportunities across six different departments.
The recruitment drive, known as Let’s Grow Together, will be hiring people for 35 different roles, from the bar to the kitchen to housekeeping and everyone in between.
They say they’re hunting for people to join a team with ‘strong ethics, positive mindsets, and eagerness to help everyone develop together’.
Treehouse hotel itself is recruiting for front office attendants, housekeeping, banqueting and more, with further vacancies in The Nest (a 14th-floor restaurant and bar) and the ground floor dining space.
The Nest will be headed up by chef Sam Grainger (of critically-acclaimed Liverpool restaurant Belzan), restaurateur Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, while the ground-floor all-day dining space comes from the mind of Mary-Ellen McTague.
Roles in the food and drink spaces include chefs, waiters, hosts, bartenders, serving teams and more.
Jules Furnival, people operations manager at Treehouse Hotel Manchester, said: “We look forward to growing the Treehouse family here in Manchester.
“This is a unique opportunity in the city for those in Hospitality and Leisure to finally find what they have been searching for. I feel truly lucky to be a part of such a diverse and people focused company, and I cannot wait to welcome our teams, so they can experience the wonder that is Treehouse with us.”
Takeaway with a takeaway – inspirational Christmas event with free lunch from The Manc, Deliveroo and Bruntwood
The ultimate lunch club is back in Manchester this week for a very special Christmas event.
The takeaway with a takeaway events are a collaboration between The Manc, Deliveroo, and Bruntwood, and features a different local business legend each month.
Those who come along are also given a free lunch from Deliveroo, which champions local restaurants.
This week’s event will take place at the beautiful Blackfriars House and will feature a discussion on how to make an impact.
The guest speaker on Wednesday 7 December will be Lauren Rosegreen, winner of the Northern Game Changer Awards, known for her work with Invisible Cities
As well as the free lunch and the inspiring speech from the chosen experts, each session includes a networking opportunity at one of Bruntwood’s buildings around Manchester.
The first lunch club took place in August at Blackfriars House, where Christopher Owen spoke to attendees about what it means to be a good person.
A spokesperson for Deliveroo said: “We are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase some of Deliveroo’s amazing Manchester restaurants while providing the business community with a delicious midweek treat by partnering with The Manc & Bruntwood for the new Lunchtime Takeaway event.”
Rosie Davis, business development manager for Bruntwood, said: “I am so excited to host this event in the Bruntwood Buildings with The Manc and Deliveroo and to bring the Manchester business community together with two of the best things in life; food and inspirational people!”
Kristen MacGregor-Houlston, head of brand partnerships at The Manc, said: “We’re genuinely buzzing to be collaborating with industry leaders like Bruntwood and Deliveroo for the lunchtime takeaway series.
“We’re going to be inspiring the business community of Manchester with this event series and it’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of our region’s delicious food and drink offering.”
All three businesses will come together at Blackfriars House on St. Mary’s Parsonage, in The Auditorium.