Interview with Doug Ward & Shaun Gibson, Telcom

CHANGE-MAKERS

Tech company Telcom are the providers of ultrafast internet for The Albert Estate. Since launching in 2014, Doug Ward and Shaun Gibson have been busy building smarter networks and delivering ultrafast internet across buildings in Manchester and the rest of the UK.

1. What is the vision of Telcom? 
We are the kids that are going change the UK's internet from third world to globally remarkable

2. What's the best thing about your job? 
We’re building the infrastructure of tomorrow which is pretty cool! We are setting a new standard of business in our industry. Our product enables our customers to be able to communicate with customers and team members around the world and to access essential information from the internet. Knowing that we’re having an impact on society as well as the economy 24/7 makes us very proud.

3. Who has influenced your career most? 
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Travis Kalanick because of their size of thinking, boldness, long term discipline, ambition and mind-set to create positive history.  Richard Branson with the creation of the B Team highlights that you can balance profit with purpose and that is crucial for our future world.

4. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Presenting at Buckingham Palace with our Tech Britain research, having our first meeting at No.10 advising the Government, meeting the Royal family and lunch with the Chinese Premier have all got to be tied as highlights.  We launched the first national map of UK tech clusters with Tech Britain, which is now in the country’s leading report, Tech Nation.

5. What was your best meeting ever? 
Meeting each other! We’ve now been business partners for 9 years. We committed to keep going together until we had achieved our simple goal, to make positive British history.

6. What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?  
The rise of Artificial intelligence, stem cell technology, the movements in bio tech.

7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you both.
We built our first tech start-up in 2008 in Sydney, Australia and lived in our first co-working space that we co-founded for 19 months!

www.telcom.io

Interview with Sofia Bakina, Headspace

INSPIRING SPACES

Opening their doors in February 2017, Headspace Group joins The Albert Estate community at 2 Mount Street as their first venture outside of London. We spoke to Sofia Bakina, Headspace’s Community Manager in Manchester

1. What is the vision of Headspace Group?
To offer unique, modern and flexible workspaces for the creative, media and technology sectors. We combine a range of modern and beautiful working environments from co-working space, private offices and entire floors. We take care of the hassles of running an office so that our clients can focus on what matters most, their business.

2. What's the best thing about your job?
Creative freedom. I like to brainstorm and think outside the box for my concepts. My job can be very challenging at times, but then again, it pushes me and my senses to achieve their full potential.

3. Who's influenced your career most (and why)?
My dad - He showed me the power of positive thinking and changed my whole way of work. What I once saw as a job became an endless opportunity.

4. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Becoming the heart and soul of the Headspace Community of course! I'm all about creativity, purpose, and doing more of the work I love.

5. What was your best meeting ever (and why)?
I once served Lady’s Gaga’s dance group, who enjoyed themselves so much that they gave me some VIP tickets to the concert to go the next day and meet Lady Gaga herself. This moment proved to me that people like people.

6.  What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Digital cameras: These cameras changed the way I capture and share memories and how I see the worlds of my friends, family, and complete strangers.

7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
The only thing I have ever tried in McDonalds was an Apple pie.

Journal Issue 1

Issue 1 of The Albert Estate journal explored our resident businesses and neighbours, local photographer Andrew Brooks, local champions Mustard Tree looking after the homeless, the history of Albert Square and the office space available within the estate.

Caffè Grande Piccolino

Northern Assurance Buildings has been home to Italian chain restaurant Piccolino since 2003. After 14 successful years, the restaurant has since undergone an extensive £1.3m refurbishment, the design is in-keeping with the Victoria listed building.

Reopening in April 2016 as Caffè Grande, the space in the Flagship restaurant has doubled in size and now has an outside terrace facing onto Albert Square. Caffè Grande's new 'Harrods-style food hall' boasts a white marble oyster and caviar bar, deli and pastry counter, and an Italian copper pizza oven.

http://individualrestaurants.com

The Albert Estate Launch

September 2016 marked the official launch of The Albert Estate. Held in Northern Assurance Buildings on Albert Square, we presented specially commissioned artwork of Manchester by Ewan David Eason and Andrew Brooks.

We partnered with local charities Mustard Tree and Factory Youth Zone, who also showed artwork at the event, which were created in their centres. Mustard Tree supports those facing homelessness by providing emergency food, clothing and furniture - they aim to improve the life skills, resilience and well-being of their clients so they have the choice and opportunity to move into employment, training or volunteer. Factory Youth Zone provides a safe place for young people aged 8 to 19 - welcoming up to 1,000 young people each week, there is a wealth of sport and creative activities for them to get involved with. The team work closely with members to raise their aspirations and provide additional support to those who need it.  

The event was catered by The Clink, a charity working in prisons across the UK, who aim to reduce re-offending rates by running projects that train and give practical skills to prisoners to aid their rehabilitation. Placed in 4 prisons throughout the UK, The Clink Restaurants allow prisoners to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life.

 Ewan David Easons gold leaf mappa mundi of Manchester, centred on The Albert Estate. See more of Ewan's work  here .

Ewan David Easons gold leaf mappa mundi of Manchester, centred on The Albert Estate. See more of Ewan's work here.

 Andrew Brooks commissioned photography for The Albert Estate. Visit Andrew's page  here .

Andrew Brooks commissioned photography for The Albert Estate. Visit Andrew's page here.

 Adam Booth, resident of The Albert Estate and winner of the 'Artists of The Albert Estate' campaign. Photography based around the regeneration of Manchester. See more of his work on his  instagram page  @adampbp.

Adam Booth, resident of The Albert Estate and winner of the 'Artists of The Albert Estate' campaign. Photography based around the regeneration of Manchester. See more of his work on his instagram page @adampbp.

 An artist from Mustard Tree proudly stands next to her artwork. 

An artist from Mustard Tree proudly stands next to her artwork. 

 A piece of artwork from Mustard Tree.

A piece of artwork from Mustard Tree.

 The incredible catering team from The Clink and Mustard Tree.

The incredible catering team from The Clink and Mustard Tree.