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The Single's Guide to Valentine’s Day

Blog by Fliss.

Recent research from Channel 4 shows that almost 55 per cent of Mancunians are single; more people in our metropolitan city are without a long-term partner than with. So, what happens if you don’t get struck by Cupid's arrow before Valentine’s Day?

In solidarity with all Mancunian singletons, Refresh PR has come up with a romance-free guide to Manchester which manages to avoid all things Valentines! We understand how important it is to bypass vomit-inducing couples at any cost. If you can't join 'em, beat 'em...isn't that the expression?

Breakout Manchester

We wouldn’t usually suggest locking yourself in a room to get away from Valentine’s Day; however Breakout could be the easiest option to avert all those hearts and flowers! It is a unique and fun activity for friends or family and is Manchester’s number one live escape room game. In teams of 2 - 5 you have 60 minutes to escape a locked room using only the power of your brain.

Dusk til Pawn

This secret bar is an ideal way to get away from all the Valentines Lovebirds! Set amongst the culture and backdrop of Manchester's ever-growing Northern Quarter, the former fortune teller's den is concealed within the rows of similar looking vintage shops and small bars. The bar has an impressive and extensive array of spirits and cocktails, from the well-known and innocent to the crazy and sinful. So secret in fact, you can only find it online through Twitter –

Lucky Voice Karaoke

Grab a group of friends and sing your lonely heart out. My suggested songs are: Kelis’s ‘‘I hate you so much right now’’, Taylor Swift’s ‘We’re never ever getting back together’’ and Alanis Morissette’s ‘You oughta know’’. Lucky Voice Karaoke is the perfect place to (privately) sing away all your relationship misfortunes.

Love Sucks Special

For all of you out there who dread Valentine’s Day, head to the Deaf Institute for the GOO: Love Sucks Special. GOO is a brilliant monthly tribute to all things 90's Indie, Britpop, Grunge and Shoegaze. What better way is there to forget your love life (or lack of love life) - there won’t be a rose or a candle in sight. 11pm – 3am: £4.50 ADV / £5 OTD.

Murder on the Dance Floor

Join Manchester Murder Mysteries for an entertaining alternative to the traditional Valentine’s celebration at The Deansgate Tavern. Its 50’s Prom-themed Murder Mystery night ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ offers a great evening of humour, mystery and entertainment. Work in teams through clues and evidence, and take part in games and activities to try and solve the murder. Hopefully it won’t give you any ideas on how to get rid of your ex for good!

Matt and Phreds’ Valentine’s Day Massacre

Most notably known for showcasing the best in local and international jazz, Matt & Phreds offers much, much more. Leave 2015 at the door and let the Speakeasy Bootleg Band "time machine" whisk you to the world of The Great Gatsby: it's Valentine's Day 1929, Al Capone has just slaughtered his rivals and Wall Street is about to crash, and Matt and Phreds is the only place to be.


So, why not break away from tradition and have fun celebrating singledom! If you have any suggestions or tips which we can add to our Valentine’s Singles Guide, let us know in the comments below.




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Instagram Masterclass Success

Last Thursday Refresh PR teamed up with CIM Manchester and The Talk of Manchester to deliver an event for our client, STM Photography.Refresh PR Manchester

Dubbed ‘The Art of Photography and its role within the Marketing Mix’, over 60 marketers from across the city headed over to STM Photography’s food and drink studio on Naval Street in Ancoats to glean insights from the experts.   

With mouth-watering food being served from the kitchen every five minutes, there were plenty of opportunities for delegates to snap away. Several STM Photography team members were on hand to provide tips and pointers, which meant the standard of photography got better anRefresh PR Manchesterd better throughout the evening culminating in a winner being presented with a prize for their efforts.

As the first CIM Manchester event of 2015, it looks set to be an exciting year for the organisation.

Why not visit Instagram and Twitter and search #STMmasterclass to take a look at just some of the photos from the evening.






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It's lights, camera, action for Refresh PR and STM Photography

Specialist food and drink photography studio, STM Photography, has tasked fellow Manchester-based Refresh PR with a brief to raise awareness of the unique professional capabilities of the studio.

The experienced food and drink studio, based in Ancoats in Manchester city centre, is fully equipped with the latest in specialist equipment and lighting, kitchens, chilled and frozen storage, client work areas, and extensive prop stores, all of which ensure the best results.

Together with a roster of leading food stylist, client chefs and development teams, the team work both from the studio and on location. With existing clients including bars, restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers and a number of well-known chefs, the agency’s proven track record will be used to underpin the PR campaign.

Darren Hickson, photographer at STM, commented: "We’ve been working around food and drink for over 10 years for clients within the food and drink industry, including Simon Rimmer, Masterchef, national brands and marketing agencies. With so many successful food and drink brands based here in the north, on top of the teams experience, we’re also convenient and don’t have the overheads of Central London.

"After a period of significant investment, which has seen the expansion of the studio and its facilities, it’s time for us to really start shouting about what we do. With a background of working with clients in the food and drink sector, Refresh PR was the obvious PR partner for us to choose. The team has exciting ideas, great contacts and solid experience to help us deliver our strategy so we can’t wait to get started."

The PR campaign will launch with a series of events targeting in-house marketers, marketing agency teams, food bloggers and journalists. It will integrate trade and regional PR with a heavy emphasis on utilising photo-based social media tools to reach the niche target audiences.

For more information about STM Photography contact 0161 205 7417 or visit


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