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Music Festival Is A Roaring Success

HUNDREDS of people embraced the sunshine at the first ever Made in Manchester festival at Bolton Arena.

The event celebrated the 90s Manchester music scene with Stone Roses, Oasis, the Smiths, and Happy Mondays tribute acts, as well as up-and-coming talent.

People of all ages packed the grassed area to the back  of  Bolton Arena, with some VIPs also watching from the arena balcony. A number of festivalgoers set up camping chairs to watch the acts while others stood, enjoying a drink or food from one of the vendors on site.

Wigan rockers Stanleys opened the show before making way for the first tribute act of the night Happy Mondaze.

The band featured their very own Bez, who continued to make appearances on stage during other band’s sets.

Next up was one of two Bolton bands on the line-up – Our Fold. Local favourites The Jade Assembly were also performing later in the evening.

Host Dave Sweetmore, from radio station XS Manchester, described Our Fold and The Jade Assembly as “two of the best bands to ever come out of Bolton” and they certainly did not disappoint.

These Smiths took to the stage just as former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr took to the stage at Glastonbury and a fan in a Noel Gallagher mask (above) watched on as The Oasis Experience blasted through a crowd-pleasing set.

Resurrection Stone Roses then rounded off a great day with a euphoric set.

Bolton Arena Announce New Naming Rights Partner

Bolton Arena are delighted to announce that Stateside Foods will become their naming rights partner for the next three years commencing on 1st July 2019.

Bolton Arena and Stateside Foods have enjoyed a very successful partnership since 2013. Bolton Arena has been the venue for Stateside’s family fun day, festive events as well Stateside Foods employees and their families being entitled to a fully funded gym membership at Bolton Arena as part of their staff benefits scheme. The Arena will feature Stateside Foods branding across internal and external locations throughout the venue from mid-July. The partnership will also be showcased throughout a number of digital platforms.

John Ashley Head of Commercial at Bolton Arena said: “The partnership with Stateside Foods has developed over the past six years, by increasing their sponsorship to become the new naming rights partner, this demonstrates the benefits of our working relationship. Stateside Foods are one of the largest employers in the local area, we aim to assist them to enhance their brand awareness. With over one million visitors every year, the arena is the ideal platform for Stateside Foods to reach the local community”.

In a statement about their new role as naming rights partners, Stateside Foods have said: “We are delighted to be announced as the new naming rights partner of Bolton Arena.

Stateside Foods are one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of private label chilled pizza and are part of the Freiberger Group, the largest own label pizza manufacturers in the world.

Both Stateside and Bolton Arena have worked very closely for a number of years, with key Stateside events being held at the Arena. As one of the area’s largest employers, Stateside believes this is a great platform for attracting new local talent to our ever-growing business whilst supporting a great local partner.

The facilities at the Arena are second to none and are available for people of all ages and abilities. It is something we are proud to put our name to, and why we already offer all our employees a fully funded membership. As a business, Stateside shares a very similar philosophy to that of Bolton Arena “Building an active healthy community”. Stateside believes that sport and leisure activities can have a very positive impact on a person’s wellbeing both physically and mentally.”

For more information, please contact John Ashley on 01204 488116 or Jack Haydock-Sale on 01204 488111.

Great Northern Wedding Show Extend Dates

We’re excited to announce that the Great Northern Wedding Show have confirmed their venue dates with Bolton Arena until 2020.

The next Great Northern Wedding Show will take place at Bolton Arena on Sunday 15th September 2019. The event is organised by Little White Books and have been coming to the Bolton Arena for the past 6 years. The Great Northern Wedding Show at Bolton Arena is the North West’s BIGGEST one day wedding exhibition with over 120 wedding suppliers waiting to inspire you on the day.

The event has an extensive range of exhibitors, including venues, catering, entertainment, bridal wear, wedding cars and much much more. We’re just overflowing with wedding ideas that you can’t but help book and buy everything you need for your wedding at this show! Two professionally choreographed catwalk shows featuring bridal, formal, and occasion wear. Not only this but live entertainment is provided throughout the day.

Interested in exhibiting at the next Great Northern Wedding Show? Request your media pack here

Is your big day on the horizon? Visit Little White Books to make your dream wedding become a reality https://www.littlewhitebooks.co.uk/

Can’t make September? Keep a look out for the 2020 dates to be announced.

Cornerstone Become Commercial Partner

We’re excited to announce a new commercial partnership with Cornerstone Design & Marketing.

CORNERSTONE Design & Marketing is a full-service marketing agency working with a wide range of companies and organisations to develop robust marketing strategies to help advance and grow their businesses and customer-base.

The agency, which is experiencing growth of over 30 per cent year-on-year and building a larger multi-disciplinary team of graphic design, marketing, digital, and PR professionals, has recently won joint awards with long-standing client North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) north-west awards in late 2018.

The awards recognised two highly-successful marketing campaigns across a range of media platforms designed to spread key messages to the public. One aimed to reduce the number of unnecessary 999 calls. The other was to recruit more volunteers.

The campaign results far-exceeded the ambulance trust’s expectations. It saw large rises in social media engagement and website views. Within the first week alone of the volunteer campaign, 500 requests were received. This was ten times that of the entire campaign target.

Bespoke website development is one of the services that makes Cornerstone distinctive to many other agencies. One recent example was the development of a major e-commerce website for a leading sat-nav brand.

The business develops and sells sat-nav devices tailored for car, truck, motorhome and caravan markets. It has seen a massive 200 per cent year-on-year rise in website users since the new, bespoke site was launched, supported by Cornerstone’s other digital and marketing activity.

Cornerstone works equally successfully with clients in other sectors too. These sectors include gyms and leisure centres, healthcare, building societies, manufacturing, precision engineering, civil and structural design, pharmaceuticals, property, arts and tourism. In addition, Cornerstone works with charity and research organisations including Cancer Research UK.

Cornerstone’s services include journalism and copywriting services for clients’ websites, PR and news requirements. This written content further enhances their website SEO ranking and also achieves valuable publicity in the local, regional and national print and digital media, such as the Manchester Evening News, The Business Desk and the Financial Times.

The agency was founded in 2007 by David Wadsworth, initially on his own. The company gradually caught the attention of businesses across Greater Manchester, as its services produced excellent returns on-investment for clients.

That sustained success for clients has enabled Cornerstone to grow and develop into a full-service agency with a rising profile. Looking ahead, the agency has further growth plans including a move to bigger premises and further recruitment.

See how Cornerstone can develop your business and customer-base.

Visit cornerstonedm.co.uk

The Energy Check And Bolton Arena Extend Partnership

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to have extended our partnership with The Energy Check for a further 3 years.

The Energy Check will continue to provide expert analysis and advice on utility service and supply, and will help the Arena in becoming more energy efficient, and will serve as an effective way of saving money by lowering energy costs, a benefit which will again be offered to our gym members.

John Ashley Head of Commercial, USN Bolton Arena commented, ”We have enjoyed a very productive first year with The Energy Check, their knowledge and advice has been invaluable over the last 12-months. We’re looking forward to developing our partnership over the next 3 years”.

Andrew Brewer, The Energy Check, North West Corporate Partnership Manager, remarked, “On behalf of all the team at The Energy Check, I am delighted to announce that after our first year partnership ended, it was an easy decision to extend our relationship with USN Bolton Arena for a further three years.

Throughout the first year, my marketing team have worked closely with John, to ensure The Energy Check brand has been strengthened within Bolton and the surrounding areas, as well as developing the brand into a household name in conjunction with our online domestic energy comparison and switching platform.

Over the next three years, The Energy Check will be working alongside Simon Sharrock, operations manager at USN Bolton Arena, to reduce its carbon footprint by promoting renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency within the facility, something we have already begun in recent months.

We will also be sponsoring the Arena’s next three annual golf days, something I’m extremely excited about as it will not only be a great way to showcase our brand but will also provide a fantastic opportunity to get out there and build new relationships with businesses in the area.”

For more information on The Energy Check click here.

May Networking Event

The second Networking Arena event of 2019 took place on Thursday 9th May in the Conference Suite at USN Bolton Arena.

Networking Arena is now in its fifth year and continues to be as popular as ever. The event brought 50 local businessmen and women together, for an afternoon of informal networking

This event was sponsored by one of our commercial partners and a regular Networking Arena attendee, Costco Haydock, a company that presents one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections throughout the UK.

Not sure what the event can do for you? Here are just a few benefits of our Networking Arena Events –

The next event takes place on Thursday 19th  September from 3pm -5pm,  following our Big Networking Expo on Friday 6th September. To register your FREE space at the Networking Arena, or for further information, email business@boltonarena.com or call 01204 488132.

To find out more about our events click here.

Franking Sense Develop Partnership

USN Bolton Arena is pleased to announce a new partnership with Franking Sense®, who have signed an agreement to become the Arena’s official copier partner.

Franking Sense is an independent mail and print managed services provider based in Bolton. Mailroom and business equipment consultancy has been the cornerstone of their marketing activity for 27 years. Franking Sense® customers extend across all business sectors including Public Sector and they offer Nationwide service cover to over 4,000 business across the UK and Ireland. This expertise in Mail, Business Technology and Copier sectors has proven successful for all types of businesses especially large corporate accounts with multisite complicated applications.

John Ashley Head of Commercial, USN Bolton Arena commented, “It’s great to be working in partnership with another successful Bolton company, as well as being a leader in their industry they also support the local community by investing into sport in Bolton. The partnership will not only give Franking Sense great brand awareness through the Arena’s digital advertising platforms, but it will benefit the local community as we re-invest surplus profits back into Arena facilities.’’

The five-year partnership with Franking Sense will ensure Bolton Arena have access to the best available range of printers & copiers as Franking Sense is a managed service provider for many of the world’s major brand printers & photocopiers, including Ricoh, Xerox & HP.

Julian Gilbert – Managing Director said: ‘’When asked to form a deeper partnership with the Arena we were happy to support a local public facility in this way. The Arena is something we should all be proud of as a town, with the outdoor track, internationally recognised tennis program & football programs offered in an exceptional environment available to all residents. As well as this, the team at the Arena are committed to providing a top-class experience to their customers – both things I have experienced first-hand. Therefore, we are happy to support the continued success of Bolton Arena in this way.’’

For independent franking advice please contact enquiries@nationwidefrankingsense.co.uk  or call 01204 30 30 15. To visit the website click here.

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? To find out more click here.

FitPRO Become A Commercial Partner

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to welcome local fitness training provider FitPRO, as a new commercial partner.

FitPRO Training Academy was set up by British soldier and army physical training instructor, Lee Hill from Westhoughton, Bolton.

Dedicated to delivering high quality health & fitness industry qualifications, such as personal training and sports massage courses. The FitPRO Training Academy ethos is highly quality teaching with continued coaching and mentoring delivered by our highly dedicated and experienced tutors, to help people successfully step into a career within the fitness industry.

Managing Director, Lee Hill commented ”We decided to partner with USN Bolton Arena due to its outstanding reputation throughout the North West. This will only serve to enhance the learning experience of our students, through being in a fantastic training environment with world class facilities and excellent local amenities and transport links. The partnership is an exciting prospect for FitPRO Training Academy and we look forward to working together and delivering more high quality courses from this fantastic venue.”

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley explained ”We’re pleased to be working with another local business and we’re excited to help FitPRO grow within the fitness industry. The background and ethos of FitPro, makes them a perfect partner for USN Bolton Arena, the partnership will also enhance our proposition in building an active healthy community”.

For further information about FitPro training academy or to take a look at the courses available head over to https://fitprotrainingacademy.com/

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? click here. 

Tennis Update

Going Stateside

It has been a very productive and successful period for the academy. The RPDC programme which started in September has settled very well and the players achievements are going from strength to strength, with two of our older players having recently signed scholarships at American Universities. Grace Eland has signed for the University of South Florida and Matthew Clegg has signed for the University of Iowa.

Success Recap

We’ve enjoyed great success at County, Regional, National and International level in recent months. Take a look at our highlights below:

Lily Hutchings – Glasgow Senior British Tour Winner

Grace Eland – Glasgow British Tour Runner Up

Finn Murgett – Doubles Winner Finland ITF Grade 4

Peter Alam and Finn Murgett – ITF Doubles winners Liverpool Grade 5

Finn Murgett ITF Doubles winner Sweden Grade 3

Peter Alam – ITF Singles runner up Liverpool Grade 5

Peter Alam – ITF Doubles winner Norway Grade 5

Jonah Gethin – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Category 3

Jadesola Cole – National Tour 12U Winner Bolton

Ella McDonald – National Tour 14U Runner Up Nottingham

Alex Tikhonov – Runner Up Liverpool Tennis Europe Doubles

We have also had several players selected to attend National Camps, as pictured below:

Millie Skelton, Viktor Frydrych, Vlada Kozak, Lily Harper, Jo Mazingham

Players selected to represent Great Britain:

U14 vs Italy – Millie Skelton, Ella McDonald – Jan’19

U14 Winter Cup – Millie Skelton – Feb’19

U12 vs France – Lily Harper – Jan’19

U12 Winter Cup – Lily Harper – Feb’19

All of these players are a credit to Tennis at Bolton Arena and hopefully these successes are just the start of their journeys as tennis players.

Development

Our weekly junior courses have continued to record strong attendances with programme numbers now reaching 290. We have also recently added further classes on a Saturday and Sunday with the aim to try and reach 300 players by Easter. Evidence of the popularity of our adult courses is reflected in the delivery of coaching sessions over 2 evenings instead of 1 due to the increase in demand. The Cardio Tennis sessions which launched in mid-October have also made an encouraging start with lots of parents and gym users attending and trying tennis for the first time.

Tournament Update

After an extremely busy period over Christmas, we hosted an LTA Grade2 U12 27th – 30th December and our own Bolton Arena Christmas Grade 3, between 30th December – 6th January. The event attracted over 300 competitors.

The annual U14 Junior International Bolton commenced on the 11th January until 18th January. This event attracts players from all over the world.

The most recent international tournament was the IFT2 wheelchair event running from 19th – 23rd February.

What’s New?

We have added starter/beginner competitions for junior players who are attending our beginner/intermediate classes. The aim of these is to offer players of all levels the opportunity to compete and gain further experience. We are confident that these competitions will be prove popular and will help enthuse players to continue playing and develop their skills.

What’s Coming Up?

In conjunction with the LTA we have managed to secure our first ITF Pro Series tournament since 2004. This will be our first joint male/ female Pro Series tournament. The last event in 2004 saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

The tournament will attract players with world rankings between 180-280.

Professional Tennis returns to USN Bolton Arena

As part of the ITF World Tennis Tour some players with a world ranking inside the top 200 will be converging on the Arena for this men’s & women’s $25,000 event. The ITF World Tennis Tour is the first stage of the professional tennis ladder, with the all of the current world’s top 10 having sharpened their skills at this level.

Bolton last staged an event at this level in 2004, a men’s event which saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

Tournament Director, Richard Joyner, commented ‘This really is a great opportunity to come to watch some professional tennis free of charge. A number of players competing at this level progress to the higher echelons of the game, as reflected by Marcos Baghdatis reaching a grand slam final, and the world’s top 10 within 2 years of capturing the 2004 Bolton title. The women’s event could attract some players already inside the world’s top 200, and the event promises to produce a great spectacle of men’s and women’s tennis’.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

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