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Job Opportunity: Head Of Commercial

Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, Bolton, BL6 6LB

Circa £40K OTE + benefits

The USN Bolton Arena is a registered charity with a strong belief that sport and leisure activity contributes to personal happiness and wellbeing. It is our mission to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a lifelong passion for sport and healthy lifestyles through the provision of excellent sport & exercise facilities and sports programmes which are accessible to all.

This is an exciting time for the Arena, and as part of the Strategic Leadership Team you will be a commercially minded individual who is results orientated, target driven and self-motivated. You will be accountable for a number of areas, including Health & Fitness Membership, Conference & Events, Sponsorship, B2B & Office Rentals you will be able to identify additional opportunities and work closely with other Senior colleagues on all commercially related activity across the business.

To be considered for this post you will be an excellent communicator and influencer with a strong background and knowledge of sales and marketing, ideally within the sports, leisure or similar sector. This is a strategic post requiring, creativity, insight into current leisure trends, product knowledge and excellent planning and organisation skills.

We’d love to hear from you if you are ready for a new challenge and would like to be instrumental in the future development of the USN Bolton Arena. Please send us your CV and tell us:

For further details and job description, please contact:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager – kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Closing date: 31st October 2017, 12 noon

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Make Some Noise Event A Roaring Success

Thursday 9th February saw the Arena host our Make Some Noise business event. The event was put on to showcase how working with the Arena could benefit local businesses. USN Bolton Arena chairman Richard Hurst hosted the event.

Sponsors Stateside Foods, Emerson, Craftprint and Lostock Motor Works all gave fantastic speeches to over 60 businesses, talking of the positive impact that working with the Arena has had on their business. After the speeches guests were able to network at their own leisure.

Events and B2B Manager, Hannah Mooney said “The event was a huge success. It allowed local businesses the chance to find out more about the Arena and what goes on here.

“Not many people realise that we are in fact a charity with all our profits going back into the facility and the programmes which we run. So to be able to support the community whilst advertising to our many visitors is a win win for our sponsors.”

Thank you to all that attended. Our next networking event will take place on Thursday 11th May, 3-5pm. You can find out more information here.

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Make Some Noise Event 2017

If you are looking for ways to improve your business, your workforce and your presence in the community, then take a look at what the USN Bolton Arena can do for your business.

Apart from being a legacy facility of the Manchester Commonwealth Games offering world class sports facilities, we welcome 50,000 business delegates every year to meetings and events. We provide businesses with affordable office accommodation and advertising and sponsorship opportunities that help them to benefit from the Arena’s location, 1.1 million footfall and international profile. We also offer bespoke solutions to help businesses achieve a fitter and healthier workforce, ranging from discounted gym membership to bespoke wellbeing programmes.

At our Make Some Noise Event 2017 on Thursday 9th February from 3pm-5pm, you will find out more about the opportunities for your business. You’ll also get the chance to meet some of our sponsors and partners and hear from them how the Arena has benefitted their businesses. There will also be an opportunity to network with other local businesses and sample our new conference menu.

And, as a thank you for coming, you will receive a USN goody bag and an activity bundle worth £49.99. You will also be entered into a prize draw, where you could win a 3 month gym membership or a £100 conference room voucher.

In the meantime, have some fun with our megaphone and make some noise about your business! Take a photo, tag us @BoltonArena and the best selfie will win a year’s free gym membership. The winner will be announced at the event.

For more details or to confirm your place at the event, call 01204 488112 or email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com

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Arena Is Up For An Award

THE USN Bolton Arena has often been acknowledged as the best independent sports and fitness centre in the region so it’s logical that we’ve recently joined marketing and support organisation thebestofbolton.

This is the organisation that represents hundreds of local businesses. So it was particularly pleasing for the Arena to be swiftly recognised by being in contention for thebestofbolton’s Health and Fitness category in The Business of the Year 2017 Awards.

David Ramsden from thebestofbolton commented: “It’s great that the USN Bolton Arena have reconnected with thebestofbolton to be promoted as one of Bolton’s best businesses.

“The response from their customers, clients and members has been great in the early stages of their renewed membership, allowing them to qualify so quickly for The Business of the Year 2017Awards.

“We’re delighted they’re in the final stages of the competition to be recognised nationally. What they need now is for all those who know them to get behind them and leave a review for them at www.thebestof.co.uk/local/bolton/recommend

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Networking Arena – 15th December 2016

Are you a new or established business in Bolton? We have the perfect event for you!

We are hosting our fourth and final networking event of 2016 on Thursday 15th December, between 3-5pm.

The event is FREE to attend and is a great way to build lasting relationships within the community.

For more information on the event or to register please email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488112.

 

 

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Meet The Staff: Mark Peach

NAME: Mark Peach

AGE: 42

JOB: Catering Operations Manager for Bolton Whites in the Arena.

CAREER SO FAR: I was born and brought up in Derby and first went into the catering industry at 16 as a bottle-washer. I progressed to becoming a barman and supervisor then assistant manager. I came to work as deputy manager for The Malthouse Farm pub restaurant in Chorley when it first opened and was there for about five years. Then I  went to work for De Vere’s at the Bolton Whites Hotel for seven years as bar manager, dealing with the hotel and conferencing for about two years which was a very busy lifestyle with hundreds of staff. I wanted to improve my work/life balance (I’m married with a seven year-old son) so moved over to working for Bolton Whites in the Arena just a month or two ago.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES NOW? I look after all the conference and event catering at the Arena and also the Refresh Café.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE ARENA? It’s less corporate and  more family-oriented and I really like all the smaller clubs which are attached to the Arena. There’s a great atmosphere and buzz here and people are very friendly.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE CURRENTLY? The Refresh Café – we want to get it absolutely right and I’ve been asking lots of customers exactly what they want from it.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS HERE? I’m looking at several different things including outside catering, taking orders – including made by Twitter – to the various businesses and offices nearby.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORTING INTERESTS? I like running and I’ve also started using the Arena gym – it’s great that we can do this so easily.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I’m here for the long-term, and looking forward to all that brings.

* To follow the Arena Café on Twitter go to @RefreshArena1

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Wedding Show Is Must-See

THE Great Northern Wedding Show makes a welcome return to the Arena on Sunday, September 18 with everything the bride and groom need for their dream wedding.

This is THE essential wedding exhibition for all engaged couples and their families and is a huge regional draw.

As well as three catwalk shows during the day – including the very popular Alternative Catwalk with Legend Bridal Designs at 3pm – the show also features classic bridal collections together with collections for the curvy bride. There is also occasionwear and formal hire.

Add to that live performances and demonstrations, stalls with examples of every type of item needed for the wedding, from cakes to stationery plus fabulous food to sample and superb wedding cars of all kinds on show, and you’ve got a must-see event.

There’s a free goody bag for the first 500 brides to arrive on the day, free wedding magazine and show guide for all brides. And, if you register beforehand, free entry on the day.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm. Find out more at www.littlewhitebooks.co.uk/wedding-fairs

 

 

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Networking At The Arena

THE Arena is holding another of its popular networking events this month – are YOU and your business represented there?

These informative and useful free events have already proved very valuable to many local businessmen and women who regularly attend. They offer a chance to meet and find out more about a wide range of companies and contacts, often leading to more business.

Our next event is being held on Thursday, July 21st from 3pm to 5pm with refreshments provided. We would love to see you there so just contact Hannah Mooney on 01204 488112 or email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com to register.

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Full Calendar Ahead

WE certainly have a busy few months ahead here at the USN Bolton Arena with a variety of amazing events.

On September 18th , Little White Books return with their fantastic Great Northern Wedding Show. It really is THE place to come for anyone planning a wedding as there are stalls from every nuptial area – from bouquets and bridalwear to cakes and cars and from make-up artists and marquees to venues and videographers.

All the experts on hand make this the ideal one-stop shop for wedding planning and it always attracts hundreds of enthusiastic visitors from a wide area. Entry is free if you pre-register at http://www.littlewhitebooks.co.uk/great-northern-wedding-show

On October 1st and 2nd Strongman Bolton is back with all the amazing displays of strength. This is a really enjoyable weekend for all the family with a friendly atmosphere, tough competition and some amazing feats of strength on show.

Around 100 men and women from all over the UK will converge on the Arena to compete in this event which also includes stalls, exhibitions, demonstrations and networking. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/Strongmanbolton/ to find out more.

Health and Safety North also returns to the Arena on October 12th and 13th . This is the event when safety and health practitioners and communities from across the North of England come together to learn, network and procure.

One of the major events in the fencing calendar is being held at the Arena on October 15th when the Manchester Cadet competitions are staged for under 17 foilists. Go to http://www.manchetercadet.org/ for more details.

There is more sporting excitement on November 13th when Jungle Fever hits the Arena. This super event involves talented cheerleading groups from a wide area, demonstrating their breathtaking skills to a spellbound audience. Log on to http://www.futurecheer.net/junglefever.htm to find out more.

And on December 3rd and 4th there’s a delightful way to sample some early festive cheer and get ready for the Christmas holidays with The Festive Food and Gift Fair.

There will be a Festive Food Hall, Festive Market Place, Celebrity Chefs, Entertainment Stage, Fashion Shows and much more to please the hundreds of visitors attending.

To find out more about holding your event at the USN Bolton Arena, just contact B2B and Events Manager Hannah Mooney on 01204 488112 or email hannahmooney@boltonarena.com

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Another Success For The Great British Craft Festival

The Great British Craft Festival made another appearance at the USN Bolton Arena on June 4th and 5th.

Like previous events, there was a special VIP Workshop day on Friday, June 3 where visitors enjoyed working with fabrics, making sculptures as well as creating stylish silhouettes. The VIP tickets included lunch on Friday, a free £50 goodie bag and entry to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

This year, visitors enjoyed everything crafty – from papercraft and fur to leather, pincraft, beading, buttons and fabric.

Thrillled with how the event went, Adam Newhouse from organisers Hunkydory Crafts Ltd commented: “Thank you to everyone at the Arena for another super smooth event, see you in 2017!”

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