Bruntwood appoints Community Engagement Manager as Neo launch approaches


Commercial property company, Bruntwood, today announces the appointment of Jenna Gibson to the position of Community Engagement Manager for its latest flagship workspace, Neo, located on Portland Street in Manchester.

Jenna joins Bruntwood after working at Manchester’s Spinningfields for Capital Properties and Allied London, where she managed the programme of experiential and event activities.

To ensure a thriving building spirit and business network, Jenna Gibson has already developed a programme of social, well-being and business support events.

On her appointment, Jenna comments, "It’s a really exciting time for Bruntwood and for Manchester. Neo is a bold and innovative space and I’m really looking forward to meeting the customers and supporting the community here with a range of events to encourage collaboration and offer more creative ways to do business.”

“The launch of the building will be a celebration for everyone that has chosen to be a part of the Neo Community. To help shape our events we’re working alongside partner organisations such as the Manchester Publicity Association (MPA), Downtown In Business, and Manchester Digital. Likewise, for social events too, we’re coordinating breakfast clubs, lunch meet-ups and after hours’ drinks.

“The large open-air roof terrace at Neo provides the perfect platform for social networking, featuring all-weather meeting pods and heaters as well as meeting and event spaces for customer use.

“Physical and mental wellbeing is also incredibly important to Bruntwood and will be a key focus for many of the Neo community activities. Each Neo customer has access to a wealth of benefits, including a free Fitbit, water bottle, discounted gym membership at our neighbours The Gym, as well as a dedicated Wellbeing professional who will be based at Neo every month to advise customers on how to get the best results from their routines.

“The digital art space in Neo’s reception is for everyone including the customers who work here and members of the public, and there will be a series of events within the space in the hope to engage with other creative industries. Brendan Dawes is the first artist to showcase his work in the digital art space and from there we’ll be working with other established and emerging artists as well as our cultural partners such as the Manchester School of Art and Manchester International Festival to showcase regularly changing content. ”

Bruntwood’s twelve-storey Neo comprises a range of workspaces from single coworking desks, 24 small studios accommodating two to ten desks as well as full floors of 4,500 sq ft with panoramic views across Manchester city centre. Collaborative workspaces for customers to mix in, include a communal lounge, kitchen and roof terrace as well as a large-scale digital art space in the foyer.

The Neo concept was devised as an environment to encourage growth, development, and wellbeing in businesses of all shapes and sizes. The spaces at Neo have been designed to create opportunities for customers to have chance encounters with each other and encourage conversation. Even the coffee machine is designed and positioned to create a talking point, while being precision controlled via an ipad to suit your exact taste.
Neo is an £8m redevelopment of the former Bank House building and launches on 29th March 2017.

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