Finishing Touch launches Manchester office on 20th anniversary

Northern office to be run by Carli Pollard

London Agency The Finishing Touch is launching a Manchester office next month on the day it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The office will be in Manchester's Northern Quarter and launches on 1 April.

It will be run by director Carli Pollard, backed by staff at the London office. According to Finishing Touch director (corporate events) Leigh Butterfield, more staff will be added before the end of 2009.

The Manchester decision was driven by a variety of reasons, Butterfield said. "We have a lot of public sector clients that either have bases in the area or are moving there," she explained. "There are also a lot of blue chip companies that prefer to work with people locally, there's slightly less competition and the government is investing a huge amount in the local infrastructure."

Finishing Touch is currently finalising an email marketing campaign plus a series of client evenings in Manchester to back the office launch.

Elsewhere, the agency has recruited account director Lisa Ryan from Skybridge, taking total staff numbers to 21. Ryan's brief is help Butterfield handle "overseas event delivery and boost the corporate division" of the business, she added. Ryan has 17 years event industry experience.

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