Place and How-Do on the move

Place North West and its sister online title, media news website How-Do, have acquired new offices in Manchester city centre.

The two firms are now based in Quay House in Quay Street, Spinningfields. Place was founded in 2007 and was acquired by How-Do in autumn 2009. How-Do was formerly based in West Didsbury, Manchester.

Paul Unger, editor and founder of Place North West, said: "After largely running Place from home in Aigburth, Liverpool for the past three years it is a refreshing change to work alongside the rest of the team and amid the buzz of Manchester city centre.

"Half of our readers are in Manchester and it is clearly the main economic engine of the region so it makes sense for us to be here to develop even stronger ties with the property and regeneration community."

Unger and Wirral-based reporter Michael Hunt will split their time between Merseyside and Manchester.

Mark Burgess, director of Spinningfields Management Company, said: "We welcome online industry portals Place North West and How-Do as they join Manchester news and lifestyle platform Manchester Confidential and marketing agency Journey9 in what is rapidly becoming a digital hub in Spinningfields.

"The offices in Quay House are home to a digital community who are leading the way in the region," he added.

The new address is Quay House, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3JE and the new main switchboard number is 0161 637 2977.

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Shame you only see manchester as a power house.

By liver

What a load of s****. Unger’s true colours revealed. Let’s see what a great powerhouse Manc is with the government dismantling all the regional structures that have alone sustained its economy at the expense of Liverpool during the new labour years.

By El Dudeo

These comments seem a bit harsh. Place north west can base themselves where they like, surely?

By Ron

Place has never styled itself as a "Merseyside" publication. If their parent company want them to be based in Manchester, it is still in one of the two main cities the title is supposed to centre on.

By Anonymous

Fair point, but I always felt their liverpool base helped provide balance in the reporting. I hope the jornalists do not get seduced by the glitzy pr girls, cocained fuelled developers and recently sober agents into promoting manchester over and above the rest of the North West.


Paul, dont you know press releases can lead to all kinds of uncesessary hassle….as a developer who has refrained from cocaine and only indulged in occassional excessive drinking, i feel you are all gettting a little hot under the collar…..chill out dudes….go have a drink and work off the anger. Liver you seem to be angered by glitzy PR girls, i think you need to have a word with yourself!!

By S

Hello Paul, I work in PR dah’ling and I’d like you to throw your reputation down the toilet so I can keep my client happy. Sign here please. Yes I do generate coverage for my client thank you very much!

By Ms Fluff

Well said, Ms Fluffer.


Well, as anonymous says, Place was sold to that "Eeh bah Goom", or whatever it is website and they have the right to shift them to whereever they want. Naturally because Trouble a’t’, or whatever the feck it is. Unger should spare us the anti-Liverpool, Manchester-hyping bullcrap though. He’s going to Manchester because his bosses ordered it. Or he really so credulous that he believe the hype about Manchester. Get some self respect then if so.

By El Dudeo

Sorry for the subtlety liver. Your understanding of how PR and journalism work is primitive

By Ms Fluff

Paul, welcome to Manchester…we’re glad to have you here! I’m sure that the Merseyside disappointment is only a reflection on their disappointment at losing you! And LIVER…I’ve not sobered-up at all. You seem to forget that Manchester is the main economic engine of the region and consequently, business is great!! Maybe you should move here too?!

By J

You all seem to have nothing better to do than make ridiculous comments, Place after all is a North West publication not a ‘Manchester’ or ‘Liverpool’ based publication. Grow Up!!!

By Retired Journalist

Chillax Place lovers. Reading these past few comments doesn’t ‘alf make me chuckle. I don’t think it is just the mancs and scousers within Place’s heart. I’ve been reading about Chester, Warrington, Barrow, Morecambe, and other ‘places’ in the one big happy North West family on this site and long may it continue wherever they’re based!

By Place lover

Well done Retired Journalist. Scouse/Manc playground jibes are petty; surely leave that to the footie. We need to stick together to support the fragility of our industry………..

By HalfScouseHalfManc

but it is this friction that drives the dynamism and creativity of both cities. It’s just Manc is winning at present. It won’t always be so, though. Liverpool will rise again from its current lack of self-confidence.

By Ms Fluff

A shame but possibly a sign of things to come, considering the scale of Liverpool’s reliance on the public sector for providing direct employment, investment and stimulating the still dreadfully low levels of enterprise. With the on going retrenchment of the public sector, the progress the government have made (much at the expense of Manchester and the wider North West it must be said) in pulling Liverpool’s economy back from the brink could reduce opportunities for many firms in Merseyside. An entirely understandable and sensible decision by Place.

By Design Fan

Can i disassociate myself from the final comment attributed to me? For the record i agree that this manc/lpool thing is purile. anyway, got a champagne hangover to deal with, mwah!

By (real) Ms Fluff

Seems the very fact so much has been written there’s not too much going on in the market. Why get so irate about something when surely the missed point is we should be celebrating Place NW as a success story in these hard times…. as for Mr Liver the only cocaine fulled developers I’ve ever experience have indeed been from your city..if you follow the rantings I’ve witnessed in the press from some of your property people.. doth he protest too much????

By propboy

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