Posts from November 2011

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Restore Opens Its Doors For Acorn Treatment & Housing

Early on Friday morning Laura and I were in Stockport, tackling the cobbles of the Stockport The Beautiful Cupcakes at RestoreMarket streets in our heels and heading for the grand opening of a brand new shop ‘Restore.’  Restore is a furniture restoration shop and it does just what it says, transforming old and unwanted wooden furniture into stunning modern-day pieces suitable for all rooms of the home.  We arrived to find an already bustling shop, and we completely fell in love with it, not to mention the fabulous cupcakes that they provided for guests that tasted just as good as they looked.

The furniture was shabby chic, vintage and beautifully classic, the accessories and knick-knacks were stylish and pretty, and the atmosphere was a vibrant and happy one.  We absolutely loThe furniture at Restore is fabulousved the furniture, and it was hard to believe that it wasn’t brand new.  The pieces have been magnificently restored by some very talented hands.  I should warn you now, I challenge anybody to walk around the shop and not purchase something!

Another very special feature of the shop is that Restore donates all profits made to Refresh PR’s client, Acorn Treatment and Housing.  Acorn Treatment is a registered charity and is an organisation that has treated hundreds of drug and alcohol users and assisted them in achieving abstinence.  Its family programme also helps relatives cope with the damage that has been caused by addiction.  It is a truly inspiring and wonderful charity that has transformed the lives of hundreds of people.

The location of the shop is fantastic, sitting directly opposite St. Marys Church, I’m sure you can imagine the view from the enormous windows is a very special one.  Throughout the morning we had been expecting rain after seeing a slightly disheartening weather forecast, but the sun shone brightly, and as the Mayor arrived to cut the ribbon and declare the shop open, it was draped in a blanket of sunshine.

I’m sure that you can tell how much the Refresh PR team loves the store, and the charity that it is helping.  We want to raise as much awareness as possible, so if you have any old wooden furniture that isn’t wanted any more then give Restore a call on 0161 480 1904.  They will come and pick it up from you and take it back to the shop to be transformed. 

The fabulous furniture in RestoreI would recommend to anybody that they should go and take a look around Restore; it’s the perfect place to find that special Christmas gift, or that one off beautiful piece of furniture to complete any room.

Don’t just take our word for it; get down to 1 Market Place, Stockport today and find yourself discovering the wonders of Restore. Treat yourself to a very special gift whilst helping a very worthy cause. 

The news of Restore opening made it on to the airwaves last week too, with Pure 107.8FM featuring it on 'Stockport Focus.' 

To find out more about Acorn Treatment and Housing visit

Restore, 1 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EW

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MediaCity UK – Opportunities Galore

Last week Refresh PR went along to an event organised by the CIM Manchester committee at MediaCity UK. The audience, both CIM members and non-member marketers from the region, went along to listen to Paul Newman’s talk and then take a tour round the awe inspiring site which is set to change the media landscape in Manchester forever.  Sponsored and filmed by WebVM – - the video of the event can be viewed here.


Some quick media facts that we gleaned from Paul’s talk:

·      The BBC currently has 1200 staff on site, which will increase to 2500 by end of move

·      Coronation Street is due to complete a whole new build of its famous cobbles, moving the whole team from its historic Quay Street site in the city centre to the modern MediaCity UK by June 2013

·      Question of Sport was one of the first programmes to be transmitted, and the first Match of the Day came from studio next door last Saturday night.  In December the BBC’s flagship  Sports Personality of the Year will come from MediaCity UK too

·      BBC Breakfast will begin to broadcast from the site next March, and Radio 5 Live and the children’s programmes are already mostly transferred   


Planning permission has been gained for a big screen on the piazza, to entertain the crowds day and night.  The huge screen can even broadcast different content on each side, meaning that any potential programme clashes of next year’s sporting events – from London 2012 and Euro 2012 to Wimbledon – can be avoided, and the big sceen will still cater for all tastes by streaming live content across the site. Of course, there’s also the opportunity for commercial user generated this space!



Student opportunities

What an opportunity for students at The University of Salford!  By January 2012, 1500 students and staff will be occupyingthe site, providing each and every one with access to the best broadcast technology in existence today.  Students will even share the same building as ITV staff. 


And for the people of Manchester?

Businesses have launched in a creative way on the site over the past year, most notably Booths which brought sheep down from Cumbria for a photoshoot – the unusual stunt certainly created news headlines!  The shop is open until 10pm every night to cater for workers and local people in Manchester.


Since the site opened many local people have been to visit and see the site for themselves – everyone is welcome. The Holiday Inn is well occupied during the week and weekends – and the site is going from strength to strength.  And did we mention there are 400 flats for sale on the site, all supplied with up to 100mb broadband at the owner’s fingertips?  Navigation around the site is easy and parking is available at The Lowry Outlet car park – why not go and have a look next time you’re visiting Salford Quays? 


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