The Sharp Project (Manchester City Council)

The Sharp Project (Manchester City Council)

Mon 6 October 2014

Last week, at the SME Assembly in Naples, Italy ‘The Sharp Project’ was announced as a Runner Up in the Improving the Business Environment category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.

The awards formally recognise innovation and reward the success of public bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting enterprise across the EU were open to all local, regional and national initiatives looking to encourage small businesses and promote entrepreneurship.

Susan Woodward OBE, FRSA, Founder of The Sharp Project said:

"It is fantastic for The Sharp Project to be recognised internationally. The team here have worked very hard to turn a vision into reality. They curated a critical mass of digital and creative start-up companies enabling us to prototype a new way of supporting businesses. At the heart of that was our belief that our tenants success comes from collaborating as well as competing. This unique, defining feature of the Project allowed us to create a business environment that stimulates growth in a sector identified by Manchester as key to the growth of the economy."

The Sharp Project has converted a redundant distribution centre into a media hub for over 60 companies, including those specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production. It is where space, power, connectivity and people converge in the inspiring surroundings to develop careers and compete on a global stage. The aim of the project is to reduce barriers that prevent creative and digital businesses from growing, creating work and generating wealth.

(Picture shows Susan Woodward OBE, FRSA, Founder of The Sharp Project at the Awards Ceremony, Naples)