Made In The UK Appointment

Good Call Media has been appointed as media partners with the national Made In The UK Awards 2017.

The Awards will be presented at a black tie dinner following the Made In The UK Conference being staged at the Merseyside Maritime Museum & Titanic Hotel on Thursday 22 June.

Glittering event for the Awards.

News of the appointment, by the Insider Media Group, comes hot on the heels of our work in filming for the 2017 Made In The Midlands Awards which highlights the very best of manufacturing excellence in that region.

The 2017 Made in the UK event is the fourth year that this manufacturing awards dinner is being held. It is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 22nd June 2017.

Previous winners are interviewed for the video.

The event is two events in one day. The day begins at the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock, Liverpool, with 8 mini – conference sessions focusing on specific manufacturing sectors. The conferences aim to update manufacturers operating in the specific sectors bringing them the latest information about futuristic developments that will impact on manufacturers in the near future.

The second event is the awards dinner which is one of the UK’s largest national manufacturing awards dinners. It takes place at the Titanic Hotel on the waterfront, Liverpool during the evening.  This event is the national final where the winners from 10 regional Made in events come together to see who the overall national winners will be. The regional events take place in Yorkshire, the North West, Ireland, Midlands, South East, Wales etc.

Merrion Redevelopment Is A Game Changer

The iconic Merrion Centre in Leeds is undergoing a major redevelopment and the project has been hailed a Game Changer by the judges of the recent Yorkshire Property Awards.

In the latest of our dynamic Game Changer videos, which were shown at the Awards, the work to transform part of the Merrion Centre and establish a new HQ for Leeds City Council, was highlighted as the reason for winning.

Click here to see the video report.

Town Centre Securities, the owners of the centre, were presented with the award in recognition of the transformation that has taken place in and around Leeds’s longest established shopping centre.

Members of the Town Centre Securities team receive the Award.

The Yorkshire Property Awards, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary, are held in order to celebrate the achievements and efforts of Yorkshire’s commercial property sector. The event also raises money and is hosted by Variety, the children’s charity.

The Merrion Centre was picked out by the judges, due to the large scale and success of the work that has taken place across the Merrion Centre, including the new ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel and transformation of Merrion Way and Wade Lane.

The redevelopment will transform parts of the Centre.

Bruce Lightbody of Addleshaw Goodard, who was part of the judging panel, said: “The transformation that has taken place across this site has been truly remarkable. What was an original 1960’s shopping centre is now a four-sided island site, operating at virtually full occupancy. This area of Leeds has been completely regenerated, enabling premium residential rental levels to be achieved and opening up the Arena Quarter as a major regional destination scheme with its own Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and bar!”

The centre team have been undertaking a successful programme of bringing in new tenants to expand the shopping, leisure and dining offering within the footprint, as well as the impressive bars, restaurants and additional leisure venues that cater for the crowds visiting the First Direct Arena.

Most recently, the area has welcomed the opening of the new Ibis Styles Hotel and Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and bar in the city. The work by the team has proved successful as the centre welcomed a record number of approaching 12m visitors in 2016.

The Leeds Arena has boosted interest in the neighbouring Merrion Centre.

Edward Ziff, Chairman and Chief Executive of Town Centre Securities, owner of the Merrion Centre, said: “We could not be prouder to win this game changer award, and be recognised by other businesses in the region for the results of our hard work. The Merrion Centre is a key part of the Leeds property landscape, and we have ensured that we continue to make it a key destination for residents and visitors by updating and adding to our strong offering.

“The last few months have seen us welcome some great new brands, with a number of our new additions telling us we were the clear choice for them when looking for their first location in Leeds. We’re not stopping here and have some every exciting plans to keep expanding our offering and ensuring the Merrion Centre offers something for everyone.”

City Of Culture 2017 Scoops Award

The latest of our videos highlighting the Game Changer Awards on Yorkshire’s booming property scene, is Hull, City of Culture 2017.

Click here to see our video report prepared for the Yorkshire Property Awards which was held in front of an audience of over 1000 from the region’s property profession.

Major new projects, including the redevelopment of the Flower Market on Hull’s waterfront, were highlighted as contributing to the Game Changer Award. Members of Hull City Council were at the dinner, held at Rudding Park, Harrogate, to receive the Award which was one of three handed out on the night. Other winners include iPort in Doncaster an the Merrion Centre in Leeds.

The Game Changer Award, sponsored by Barclays, looks at projects that have had a material effect on the surrounding environment and local market, and it is where ’s title as UK City of Culture 2017 captured the attention of judges.

Although not even halfway through the tenure, the effects of being City of Culture are already being felt across the city by residents and businesses alike.

The city has seen a surge in visitors since January with footfall in the city centre up, museum and gallery year-on-year visitor figures smashed and businesses reporting a boom in trade.

Leader of , Councillor Stephen Brady said:

“As a city we have all worked hard in preparation for our year as UK City of Culture 2017, and to receive this award reaffirms what we all know – is rising high and challenging past perceptions.

“The council has invested over £100m into the transformation of the city with a stunning and inviting new city centre, revamped venues and brand new concepts like Venue.

“We believe in the future of the city and will continue to shout it from the rooftops.”

Verdion Wins Game Changer Award

In the first of our series of videos highlighting our work with the 2017 Yorkshire Property Awards, you can see our colourful and dynamic video spotlighting Verdion’s Game Changer Award for iPort, Doncaster.

Click here to see the video.

The Game Changer Award recognises projects or deals “which have had a material effect on the surrounding environment or on the
market, which are widely recognised in the property sector as worthy of praise, and which show excellence in conception, design and execution”.

The video is an example of our growing profile and expertise in the UK and international property market.

Verdion recently announced the second phase of construction of iPort, its £500m, 337 acre logistics park, which connects to the region and wider UK via a Strategic Rail Freight Terminal.

Watch out for the other Game Changer videos coming soon on this site.

Variety Raises A Staggering £235,000

Variety The Children’s Charity raised a staggering £235,000 at its 2017 Yorkshire Property Awards held at a glittering ceremony in Harrogate’s Rudding Park.

The money will allow a project involving Autism Angels, in North Yorkshire, the subject of this year’s appeal video that we made to tie in with the dinner, to go ahead. Click here to see the video and learn more about that project.

Martin Bayfield (left) and Nik Wood

The Awards begin

Our videos played a key part in the event and Good Call Media co-owner, Nik Wood, helped as joint Master of Ceremonies on the night with former England rugby player Martin Bayfield who kept the audience of 1,000 people entertained from the start.

The letter we received from Charlotte Farrington, Variety’s Regional Development Director, who helped to mastermind the whole event, was a great boost to our company. It said:

“Dear Nik and Fiona. I am writing to thank you so much for all of your help with our Yorkshire Property Awards. It’s safe to say that all the feedback we received relating to the films was very positive and Nik, you were a great addition to the awards presentation!”

Watch out for a series of our videos highlighting the prestigious Gamechanger Awards that were handed out at the event which will be coming on this website shortly.


Counting Down To The Big Night

The clock is ticking – counting down to the biggest night of the year for the Yorkshire property community, The Variety Yorkshire Property Awards.

This year is a special year for the event as it’s the 20th anniversary.

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Melinda Messenger who is supporting this year’s special appeal.

The Awards take place in a glittering ceremony in front of over a 1000 guests at a black tie dinner YPA OPENING STILL FULL FRAMEin Rudding Park, Harrogate on the evening of 4, May…and the evening is a complete sell out.Good Call Media’s Nik Wood, will be on stage for the event, acting as Master of Ceremonies supporting the celebrity speaker for the night and introducing the Awards themselves which celebrate the very best of the property industry in the Yorkshire region over the last 12 months.

We have also recorded a series of special video reports for the event, including a message of support for the appeal of the evening from celebrity, Melinda Messenger.

Watch out for details of the winners and you will also be able to watch our colourful videos highlighting the projects that are identified as Gamerchangers by the judges.

And finally, the evening raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for the organisers, Variety The Children’s Charity so keep an eye out for the special project that has been highlighted as one of the key programmes to be supported in Yorkshire in 2017 and beyond.


Filming Begins For Made In The Midlands Awards

This week sees filming starting for the prestigious 2017 Made in the Midlands Awards.

To book tickets for the event, click here

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Previous winners are interviewed.

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Our clients, Insider Media

The Awards Dinner is the region’s biggest celebration of all that’s great about the industrial might of the Midlands area, and which rewards the very best in the UK’s  manufacturing base. The event is organised by our long standing client, Insider Media. Insider is the UK’s most successful regional B2B media company. Today, Insider’s five regional B2B magazines are read every year by over 200,000 subscribers; they host circa 140 market-leading events including award dinners in all regions outside London. Insider also has the UK’s only nation-wide network of regional news emails with 140,000 subscribers and a web site with over 250,000 unique users.

Our videos are used to launch various awards ceremonies and include interviews with sponsors and previous winners.

This black tie event, on Thursday 18 May, is one of the highlights of the Midlands manufacturing calendar, with past attendees ranging from AGA and Aston Martin to JLR and JCB. It’s also a major networking opportunity for the manufacturing community. The winners will go on to be considered for the Made in the UK Awards, which is being held as part of this summer’s huge International Festival of Business.

The judges have been considering entries for a variety of categories:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award
  • Advanced Manufacturing / Technology Award
  • Sustainable Manufacturer Award
  • Export Award
  • Manufacturing Apprenticeship / Training Scheme Award
  • Automotive Award
  • Food & Drink Award
  • Manufacturer of the Year (under ££25m)
  • Manufacturer of the Year (over ££25m)


New Cancer Screening Tests In Asia And Europe

Our latest video report for Volition has gone live and highlights the company’s progress with its colorectal cancer screening triage test in both Asia and Europe.

To see the report, click here

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Dr Jasmine Kway, VP Asia Volition

The report features Dr Jasmine Kway, Volition’s Vice President of Asia who says: “We are pleased to be working with Professor Chiu Han-Mo and hope to develop a long-term working relationship. ‘This is an exciting time for Volition as we start our first clinical work in Asia. In addition, we are also taking our first regulatory steps in Asia as we prepare the submission of our CE Marked Nu.QTM Triage product to the Singapore and Taiwan regulatory authorities. Regulatory approval in Singapore and Taiwan would not only make our product saleable in these countries but also potentially in nine other South East Asian markets.”

Volition is a multi-national life sciences company developing simple, easy to use blood-based cancer tests to accurately diagnose a range of cancers. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics®, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid — an indication that disease is present.

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New state of the art robotic screening equipment in Volition’s European facility.

As cancer screening programs become more and more widespread, our products aim to help to diagnose a range of cancers quickly, simply, accurately and cost effectively. Early diagnosis has the potential to not only prolong the life of patients, but also to improve their quality of life.

In Europe, Volition has received Ethical Approval to proceed with the second and final phase of the logistics and pathway design study in Denmark for its Nu.QTM Triage Test. The study, conducted in collaboration with the Hvidovre Hospital and The Danish Research Group on EarlyA VOL VID 4 Detection of Colorectal Cancer, deals with the practical issues of how the product fits into Denmark’s current national screening program. Results from the study are expected by the end of the third quarter this year and will be presented to the National Screening Committee.

Volition’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Louise Day commented “We are delighted to receive this timely Ethical Approval for the second phase of the logistics and pathway study. We are hopeful that our collaborators in Denmark will determine the very practical logistics of putting into practice the Nu.QTM Triage Test and provide a smooth, patient-friendly implementation into the Screening Program.”

Athens Event Attracts Audience Of 350 Delegates

Athens, Greece was the location for our latest assignment with our ‘patron’ client, worldwide animal health company, Ceva Santé Animale.


InterContinental Hotel, Athens

The InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel in Athens was the venue for the three day event, which attracted an audience of over 350 key opinion leaders, veterinarians and Ceva customers and included on stage discussions about subjects including global moves to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals produced for food, the use of genetically modified organisms in food and the future of the poultry industry.

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Nik Wood On Stage

Good Call Media’s, Nik Wood, acted as congress chairman during the three days, introducing speakers and running debates involving scientific experts, poultry producers and Ceva personnel. Our company is also involved in the promotion, later this year, of the WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Industry Association) global congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, in September, which is sponsored by Ceva.

We have been involved in developing dynamic video trailers for the event which are being shown regularly on the WVPA’s website for the event. The Athens event is the latest in a series of major conferences around the world where we have partnered with Ceva.