This week we celebrate the ladies in our lives, not only by celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th March but we are also #PressingforChange for International Women’s Day on March 8th. International Women’s day this year is about addressing gender parity and increasing visibility of women.
Therefore, are doing our bit to support our female friends and have put together a list of our favourite venues in Manchester which are owned by women.
This Glitzy bar and restaurant is known for its opulent interiors including a giant golden
birdcage booth, and for hosting live entertainment on the weekends, including wild and wonderful performers on and around the huge catwalk at the heart of the main restaurant. Needless to say dining is a multi-sensory experience that you will never forget.
Owner Karina Jadhav knows the restaurant business inside out. After all, she co-owned the swanky Neighbourhood with her ex before they split. Menagerie has had extra attention in the media, as it was revealed that stars of the Real Housewives of Cheshire became investors. Forever Unique fashion boss Seema alongside artist Stacey, the wife of millionaire businessman Dave Forsey join Karina which should see these ladies dominating the restaurant scene across the UK.
If your mum prefers to be treated like the Queen that she is, Menagerie are offering bottomless cocktails to mums on Mothers Day with brunch, lunch or dinner for just £20 per person and enjoy a catwalk show as well.
Located just off St. Ann’s Square in the iconic Royal Exchange building, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, this award-winning restaurant is the perfect setting to eat good old fashioned food and relax in comfort and style. Actress Jennie McAlpine and her partner Chris Far own this comfortable, stylish venue. So if your Mum is a Corrie fan then you can treat her to delicious Afternoon Tea and feed her fandom by letting her know that it is owned by ‘Fizz.’
Founder Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers says she ‘fell in love with the incredible vibrancy and freshness of real Mexican food’ whilst living and working in Mexico. After a winning Masterchef in 2005, , she teamed up with co-founder Mark to create Wahaca’s menu, constantly looking to the markets of Mexico for inspiration. Now Wahaca has a wealth of awards and great reviews for its constantly evolving, seasonal menu which is especially kind on the pocket. Housed over 2 floors in the city’s historic Corn Exchange building and spilling onto Exchange Square, Wahaca Manchester brings award winning street food to this bustling new dining quarter in the heart of Manchester. If you are heading out to a concert at the Arena, why not swing by this gem of a place and get the party started by ordering a sharing platter and some shots of house tequila.
Sweet Mandarin is a lovely Chinese restaurant in Manchester owned by sisters Helen and Lisa Tse, using recipes passed down three generations and memorized by heart as if they were nursery rhymes. If their names sound familiar, they were contenders on Dragons Den which saw them launch a range of sauces. The impressive menu boasts gluten-free and vegan alternatives so it is perfect for an early evening catch up with your friends after work. We love the cocktails, inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Try ‘Dog’ which is a refreshing mix of Vodka, Ginger, Mango, Soda Water & Lime.
Matt & Phred’s is without doubt one of the names synonymous with the Northern Quarter and is a regular haunt for Social Circle Members. This Tib Street venue has for years now been bringing stellar performances by artists from the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, Electro, Swing andmore who all love playing this special, intimate little venue.
As well as being able to see some amazingly talented musicians 7 nights a week, the bar and kitchen team at Matt & Phred’s are also at the top of their game. With an enviable cocktail selection, a cracking wine list, some of the best pizzas in the Northern Quarter and some delicious sharing plates a night at Matt & Phred’s has pretty much every food craving covered. They have Happy Hour every day which can see you getting a free pizza with your cocktails.
This amazing venue is owned by Claire Turner, who was named one of Manchester’s Most Inspiring Women IN 2017.
That is not all!
We have some great events lined up this week which focus on all things Femme. From the informative guided walk which explores the suffragette movement in Manchester, to the hysterical ‘Menopause the Musical. All our events are female-friendly with professional hosts to make you feel welcome and members of all backgrounds and ages. So whether you come with friends or step out on your own, come join us at a free event.
It’s several weeks since you made that resolution that you would get out and meet new people. Maybe you want to try new activities, maybe you are new to Manchester and want to connect with people or maybe you want to expand your social circle in the hope you will meet the love of your life. At this point, the why’s are not important. However,we know you haven’t been out yet.
Sure, you maybe telling yourself the same excuses that got you through last year. You are busy at work, money etc, you threw yourself into a whirlwind romance that fizzled out just after Valentines day and …the list goes on.
We are not buying it.
Deep down we know you are nervous, if not terrified. Your current friendship group have been with you since university; when making friends was as easy as spilling your pint down their shirt and apologising profusely. But it is different now. As you consider the prospect of meeting new people, a million questions run through your mind.
Will anyone talk to me. What if they don’t like me? I really don’t want to walk into a room full of strangers and have everyone stare at me.
Soon all your worst nightmares are dancing through your mind and you find a reason not to attend the event you had been looking forward to. Maybe next week?
We have been there, we have made the excuses but then swallowed our fear, pushed ourselves to go to an event and never looked back.
We understand. So we thought we would let you know what to expect along with some wisdom from our existing members.
Who are Social Circle?
Well we are a group of socialites who wanted to meet new people and make friends, for all the same reasons as you do now.
Social Circle was started when founder, Stephen Sutherland, had just moved to Manchester as a single guy and wanted some mates to hang out with at the pub on a Friday night. Over a Decade on and oodles of members later, we have over 150+ events to choose from per month, from cinema nights and restaurant meals to holidays abroad.
Many of our members are single professionals aged 35-55 who are living and working in Manchester. Whilst we all have our personalities you can be assured we all share one unique quality. We want to meet new people, including YOU!
Everyone has been in your shoes so don’t feel nervous, enjoy it!
Emma Hodson, Host & Member
What to expect.
When you first book on an event, you will be contacted by one of our lovely hosts. They will tell you everything from what they are wearing(!), to which table they are sat at, so you can find them. If you are super nervous then tell them, you can arrange to meet them earlier or at a specific place so you are not arriving alone. Your host will chat to you to ease any nerves and introduce you to the rest of the group. Most of our existing members know exactly what it is like to feel nervous and many will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
Remember there is no pressure and there is no obligation to swap numbers or connect on social media. You will not be walking into a huge group of people who all know each other, and nor will hosts be pouring booze down your throat or making fun of you to help you to ‘loosen up’. Each of our events are warm, friendly and very welcoming. You can stay for as little or as long as you want and even non-drinkers are welcome on pub crawls.
You are in complete control the whole time, just like any other outing with your friends.
“Relax….you’re in safe hands!”
Sarah Hobbs, Member.
Your first event.
Our suggestion for your first event is choose something that is familiar that you know you will enjoy. If you have a passion for the latest movies then come join us for an outing to I, Tonya. You will certainly have a lot to talk about with your fellow cinema lovers in the bar afterwards. If you like the idea of chit-chat and laughter over some of the best food in Manchester then maybe our Saturday night jaunt to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant is would be perfect for your first time with us. Or throw caution to the wind and join us for our VIP night at Mahiki and enjoy some Tiki cocktails after work, we promise you will enjoy yourself so much you will be partying until the early hours with new friends.
“You’ve done the hardest part…. now just turn up and enjoy! We all had a first night, so know what it’s like and will make you feel welcome. You have absolutely nothing to lose but much to gain!”
Annette Fontaine, Host and Member.
Best of all, you can try out an event for free. So you really cannot lose.
“Make sure you face your fears, and just come along.”
Wendy Skelton, Member.
Valentines Day. The time of year where even the happily single can feel bit left out when surrounded by loved-up couples. But where did it all begin? In Ancient Rome Emperor Claudius decided to ban marriages as men were refusing to leave their wives for war. St Valentine was an Italian priest who married sweethearts in secret. He wore an amethyst ring with cupids bow as a sign to couples that he was the one who would marry them. Like all those in Love with Love, he ended up losing his head. So now you know. St Valentine’s Day is no longer about love in secret but there is still plenty you can do to celebrate the day.
Have an Anti-Valentines Outing.
There are so many great deals at restaurants at this time of year, you may as well take full advantage and book a table at your favourite haunt for you and your closest friends. Cackle with laughter as you people watch and share cocktails. We can heartily recommend The Liquor Store for some unromantic rock n roll and music inspired cocktails.
Bang out some Power Ballads
“I cant live…..if living is without yoo-uuu. I CANT LIVE!!”
Nothing like a good power ballad, and on Valentines Day you can head down to the Beirkeller in Manchester Printworks and sing your little broken heart out….and maybe make it rain on all the happy couples.
Say it with Flowers.
There is going to be someone gushing over flowers that her beau has sent to the office. It might as well be you, or your best friend, or your mum. Given Valentines Day is about celebrating love in all its forms, why not send someone you care about some flowers to brighten their day. Do try to resist your newly-committed friends a ‘sympathy’ bouquet, it is not likely to go down well. If you want, send yourself some flowers. After all, YOU are the love of your life. Our friends in Didsbury, Verdure, do lovely bouquets for all occasions, and they deliver too.
50 Shades of Singledom
Did you know that there was a little known festival of love in Ancient Rome where strapping young men would whip naked young maidens for fertility. Funnily enough, we will be watching exactly that when our cinema-loving singles go to watch 50 Shades Freed on Wednesday night.
When in Rome.
Given Valentines Day has its roots in ancient Rome, you have to do what the Romans do! Come join us for a Valentines Opera outing and get lost in the beauty of various romantic and tragic arias, duets and grand orchestral interludes at the Bridgewater Hall. If you like Pizza, join us and other Manchester Singles at Wood.Fire.Smoke the day after Valentines day where we can have a chat and enjoy some post-valentines day bargains.
Keep it Sweet, Honey.
If you really want to spend Valentine’s Day without the fuss of peopling, then we recommend the old classic of watching a film, and running yourself a long bath and grab yourself a gift box of these gorgeous locally-made (well …wales) and bee-friendly honey bath and beauty products from Honey Bee Beautiful. St Valentine is the patron saint of Beekeepers after all. If you order on Valentines Day (and only that day), use the Code BEELINE for a special discount. You can even buy a bar to keep your four-legged friend smelling sweet.
So what are your plans for surviving Valentines day? Do comment below.
With Friendship Day behind us and conversations still taking place over mental health following #TimetoTalkDay, it got Social Circle HQ thinking about our friends and the wonderful ways they contribute to our lives. It’s not just us being soppy though. Turns out scientists agree that good friends come with (health) benefits.
So friends are great, so why do I feel so lonely?
You would not be alone, a sense of isolation is increasing amongst adults as our friendship groups dissolve with every life change. We move towns, change our jobs and relationships and spend what little downtime we have on social media. It is no wonder we feel that life is all about work, or we focus on finding ‘the one’ when actually what we need is a small quality network of friends.
‘How can I find like-minded people?’. It is easy, choose an event that appeals to you and come meet wonderful like-minded people who are looking to expand their Social Circle in Manchester.
So here are 5 surprising reasons why it is important to get out there and make new friends.
Increase your sense of belonging and purpose.
Whether it is our love of niche horror films, a particular football team or the fact we are a coffee snob, our unique qualities in the wrong environment can remind us of being the awkward kid at school. Friends not only accept us for all we are, including our weird ways, but they often have the same quirks and interests. So whether you are laughing over drinks at your latest dating nightmare, or cheering on your favourite team, your friends are with you as they are part of your tribe.
Boost your happiness and reduce your stress.
Despite the fact many of us like our own space, humans are sociable creatures and need human interaction. Most of us lead stressful lives, whether we work or at home there is an overwhelming sense of competition which can be isolating at times. Having real-life friends gives your brain a much needed boost of happy hormones and instantly reduces your blood pressure and other signs of stress. In fact, good friendships lead to a longer healthier life overall.
Improve your self-confidence and self-worth.
Good friends are there for the good times and will encourage our ambitions, even if it is with healthy dose of realism. We can trust them not to put us down when we excitedly tell them about the promotion we have applied for, they will help you see all your wonderful qualities when you are nervous before a big night out and will show their pride when you speak up for yourself. This sense of validation is integral to our self-esteem and overall happiness.
Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one.
We have all been through our own version of hell at some point and whether or not you are in a relationship, having your friends around you can give you hope and comfort in otherwise dark times. Whether it is the remarried divorcee who assures you that you will survive this breakup, or the friend who brings you a movie and takeaway when you are ill, it is the seemingly small gestures which have the biggest impact and make us look forward to the future.
Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Good friends are honest and are prepared to have difficult conversations with you in a loving way. Not to be confused with the idiot that points out that you have gained a few pounds by jabbing – literally- at your soft spots. It means that they will question whether you can afford that luxury item when they can see the unopened credit card bills in the corner, they will invite you to join them for a walk in the countryside when you have been stuck on the sofa with a stale pizza all week . Good friends care about you and will point out the things that will get in the way of your happiness, but likewise they will cheer you on when you make changes.
Do you have a friend who has all these wonderful qualities? Do share your stories and tag them.
Every January 25th, Scots all over the world celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. You will have heard rumblings of some of the Burns supper traditions such as the pipers, the Haggis served with neeps and tatties, and of course…the Whisky!
Have your Haggis and eat it (even if you are Vegan!)
The jewel in the crown of any Burns Supper is the Haggis. A delightful Scottish delicacy made from grains, spices and the innards of farm animals. (Hey waste not want not!). Serve it with Neeps (parsnips) and Tatties (roast potatoes) and lashings of whisky sauce. Even those of you who are doing your bit for animal welfare via Veganuary can join in, as we hear 8th Day in Manchester does a nice vegan haggis. If you don’t fancy the idea of midweek cooking, then just take yourself out to one Manchester’s fine restaurants. The Old Wellington have some fabulous Burns night themed offerings all week 22-28th January.
Read Poetry to your Sweetheart (or friends)
If you are feeling a bit romantic (and want a cheap way to impress your date) why not light some candles, pour your date a drink and read poetry whilst looking deep into their eyes. (Try not to laugh.) We suggest the old favourite My Luve is like a Red, Red Rose. Aww!
Of course, literary-loving singles can still have a fun night in with friends. Why not organise a Burns Supper potluck support, whip up some Whisky cocktails and read poetry around a fire. If you want to get traditional, download some scottish pipe music onto your iphone and ‘play in the Haggis’ (or whatever your mates have decided to bring.)
Engage in a bit of Banter.
One of the lesser known traditions of the toast of the lassies, where selected lines of Burn’s poetry are read out to gently poke fun at the ladies within the room. Then the ladies get their bittersweet revenge in the Lassies Reply. Given this tradition is likely to land you in hot water, we suggest you leave the humorous banter to the professionals and get yourself to a midweek Comedy Night at one of Manchester’s finest Comedy Clubs.
Of course, the more traditional amongst you may want to join in with the ever popular Social Circle tradition of ‘Gate Crashing the Boss’ where we all arrive at the home of Steve Sutherland (a genuine Scot), laugh and make merry, and break into his Whisky collection when he is not looking.
Get tipsy at Manchester’s Best Whisky Bars.
No Burns night is complete without enjoying a ‘wee dram’ of ‘Scotch.’ Whether blended or straight, connoisseurs will know that the water, grains and barrels gives each region’s local Whisky a unique quality. If you want to learn a few fun facts about Whisky and sample a few drams (careful now!) then join us at one of Manchester’s oldest and best known whisky bars, the Britons Protection for a burns night-ish themed evening, with a focus on the whisky.
Book yourself a Road Trip.
We find one night is not enough to appreciate all that the Highlands has to offer. We are offering Manchester-based singles an amazing opportunity to complete a 500 mile road trip through bonny Scotland to discover her beauty and history. Visit tranquil beaches, rugged mountains and the most breathtaking views with like-minded people and relax and unwind as the scenic beauty, magical sights and ancient history soothes your soul.
January! The dark nights, terrible weather and the fact payday is a long way away can really drag the most cheery of folks down. Not to mention, the excesses of the Christmas season finally catch up on us. Today, Monday the 15th January is officially Blue Monday. But don’t let that get you down. Fortunately, we have rounded up the best ways to put the spring back in your step.
Look after No. 1
If you are anything like us, you probably look as terrible as you feel. The best way to feel better is to start from the inside. Ensure you get your 7 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of water and green tea, and eat healthy home-cooked food. If your cooking skills are lacking, why not join us at a Masterclass and learn how to cook up a storm?
Giving yourself a good old pamper will also lift your spirits. (Yes, gents you too!) Whether it is a long soak in the tub or a massage, being gentle with yourself will have you back on the road to recovery in no time.
Science says that a big hearty belly laugh is actually good for you. Laughing floods your your system with feel-good hormones that reduce your stress levels and help you beat off the seasonal coughs and flu.
If you are feeling so low that you feel you lost your sense of humour, then go out to a comedy club. Studies show that laughing is contagious so before long you will be laughing so hard your ribs will hurt, and any stress will melt away.
Why not join us on one of our jaunts to Manchester’s best comedy clubs and you get the added bonus of a confidence boost from meeting new people too.
Book your next Holiday.
There is a wealth of research to suggest that planning and anticipating your next holiday is as good for you as actually going on one. Whilst your post-Christmas budget may be tighter than your post-Christmas jeans, it is surprisingly easy and affordable to plan a European getaway. So within a few weeks you could be exploring the best Europe has to offer. Now your in-tray does not appear as bad does it?
Did you know Social Circle loves organising exciting weekend breaks? We know it can be a pain organising everything or even travelling alone. So now you can have a great time exploring new cities with other Manchester-based singles knowing every detail is planned (we even source the best pubs and clubs!). Best of all, our breaks start from as little as £75!
Rather hide under the duvet, than head to the gym?
It’s that time of year again. That dreaded time where we stand naked in a cold bathroom and stare at the scales in utter disbelief. We all know the importance of keeping fit and healthy. If your doctor has not recommended you lose a few pounds, then the endless stream of media telling you that weight loss will make you irresistible/an internet celebrity/immortal* will probably have burned itself to the inside of your eyelids.
Admit it. You hate the gym. You would rather gnaw off your own arms off than lift weights, and you cannot see the appeal of pounding the hours away alone on a treadmill.
Fortunately, there are numerous gym-free ways of exercising in Manchester that are so fun you may actually enjoy yourself.
Get some Action on a Night Out.
Not that kind of action! We are talking about bringing a bit of sporting fun to your weekly social with friends. You can burn 68 calories** playing a crazy golf for half an hour at places like Junkyard Golf. Hit the bowling alley to lose 100 cals over a few rounds, and tone up those bingo wings at the same time. Just swap the usual beers and nachos for healthier alternatives m’kay.
Strictly Come Dancing.
If you enjoy Strictly then you may secretly harbour ambitions to get on the dance floor yourself. We do. There are lots of dance classes popping up around Manchester where friendly teachers will show you a few smooth moves and let you work up a sweat and meet new people on the dance floor.(197 cals per half hour to be precise) The good news is you can bring a friend and grab a (low calorie) drink at the same time. Those of you who love salsa should join us for a free class.
Appeal to your Adventurous Side.
If you have always wanted to try more adventurous sports, there are some great places in Manchester to learn the basics. You can try Kayaking (186 cals) or Wakeboarding (223 cals) at the Helly Henson Watersports Centre in Salford. There are indoor rock climbing facilities that can literally show you the ropes whilst you burn off 298 cals. In Trafford Parks Chill Factore you can learn the basics of Skiing and Snowboarding (up to 298 cals) and go shopping (130 cals!) for your new clothes afterwards.
Walk the Weight Off.
Walking is free, and you can already do it! Even better is that it is recommended by medical professionals due its extensive benefits, from reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes to improving mental health. Make time in your diary for a 20-30 minute brisk walk (83 cals for 30 mins) even if it is just around the block at lunch time. If you fancy more of a challenge, and want take in some great scenery, why not join us on a hike? You can burn a whopping 225 cals every 30 minutes which means you can enjoy Sunday lunch with new friends knowing you haven’t ruined your diet.
Pay-As-You Go Fitness
Ok. We admit it. This is slightly gym-like but group exercise can be a great way to work out and meet like-minded people. In Manchester, you can find everything from Ashtanga Yoga (176 cals) to Zumba (350 cals) available on your doorstep where you can join in with zero commitment, so you could try something different each week until you find a class that suits you.
Psst, on a budget? Did you know if you cut out a latte and a shop-bought sandwich per week you could not only save a whopping 500 cals per week, you would have enough spare change to go to a class. If you want to try over 150 leisure activities including gym-free fitness for less than a fiver per week. Click here.
*Slight exaggeration, but it feels that way.
**Cals based on 150lb person for 30 minutes of exercise. You may burn more or less than this, but it’s all good.
Whilst we may collectively roll our eyes at every ‘New Year, New Me’ pledge that we see on Social Media, there is something about a new year that inspires us to take action to become better people.
Whether we want to get fit and healthy, super-charge our dating life by meeting new people or save more, the future vision of a happier version of ourselves can lure us into making resolutions. Of course, there is also the temptation of parting with your hard-earned cash to join in the latest wonder diet/dating site/get rich-quick scheme. Yet research shows that only 8% will actually stick to their resolutions.
So let us show you how you can make 2018 your best-ever year, with our tried-and-tested approach.
Take a good hard look at your life.
Eeek! Whilst this sounds ominous, it is not as scary as it sounds. This is about figuring out where you want to be, and knowing where you are now. An annual appraisal of your life, if you like. We suggest you break down the areas of your life into sections such as career, finances, health and fitness, hobbies, your everyday environment, your social life, relationships and personal development. Now rate your happiness in each of those areas with 1 being extremely unhappy to 10 being ultimate happiness. It helps if you write a few lines which describe what life in each is like now, and what your 10/10 life would look like, e.g.
The Vision: I am in a happy and loving relationship with someone who has a good sense of humour and loves local history and hiking as much as I do.
Now: I am single and have not had much luck with dating sites. I would like to get out more but my friends don’t share my interests. 3 out of 10.
There are two reasons we suggest this approach. Firstly, creating a vision for your future is key to success. Secondly, aiming to improve your happiness score in each area is likely to give you a realistic goal to focus on. Even if reaching your ultimate goal takes longer than a year, a small increase in satisfaction in an area will give you a lasting sense of achievement.
Prioritise Your Goals.
Now you have completed your Life Appraisal it is time to look at which areas to focus on. The reality is that you don’t have an infinite amount of time or money to spend chasing your dream life. Instead, look at the areas that are causing you the most unhappiness and commit to focusing on those areas first.
Well put simply, because if certain aspects of your life are making you miserable then ultimately it will drain your energy away from your resolutions. You will not feel like hitting the gym if your finances are keeping you awake at night. You will bore potential dates if you give them a 20 minute monologue of reasons you hate your boss. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will not help you feel better about the damp-encrusted flat you are living in.
Even if you are happy with life overall, choosing no more than three areas to focus on will take the pressure off you. Your life is not a complete disaster, and you are perfectly lovely the way that you are. Just focus on a few areas of your life where you really want to see a difference. Remember, committing to a resolution is about a better and happier life for YOU. So there is no need to go for broke on this ‘New Me’ malarkey.
If you are clever about it, you may even find creative ways of working on multiple goals at the same time. For example, if you want to save cash, and meet new like-minded people then you may want to look at how to enjoy 150 social and leisure activities in Manchester every month for as little as £19.99 a month
Build Good Habits.
Now you have the areas of life you want to work on, and your vision for the future, you need to put in place some habits that you can build into your life and commit to. It is the small changes to everyday habits that lead to success, rather than relying on willpower alone. So instead of challenging yourself to ‘lose a stone in a fortnight’, why not commit to exercising 3 times a week and put it in your diary. If you want to travel more then work out a budget and commit to putting money aside every week so you can afford some fun weekends away. Before you know it, you will have reached your goal and developed the habits to make it a change that lasts a lifetime. Sounds like a good plan to us.
So let’s look back at our lovelorn hiker. What good habits could they put in place?
- Go on weekly local history walks and countryside hikes to meet new people.
- Go to Comedy Nights in Manchester at least twice a month. I may stand a better chance of finding the love of my life if we are laughing at the same jokes!
- Join Social Circle so I can plan the weeks social activities from my phone (and take advantage of the introductory offer-yippee)
If you take this approach to building your dream life, we can guarantee that in January 2019 you will be happier and more fulfilled than you are now. So what areas of your life will you be working on in 2018? Do tell us and share your goals in the comment box below.
Well, hi there!
When we sat down in February of this year to decide whether or not it was time for a new website, we agreed that the first step would be to ask our members for their feedback.
After our members told us what they want (what they, really, really want!), the verdict was clear: they wanted a new website.
After a few months of planning, development, excitement, and okay, yes,…frustration, the time has finally come for us to launch the new Social Circle website.
One of the things we wanted to accomplish was to better tell the story of Social Circle and what we stand for, as well as demonstrate what our members get out of being a part of the Social Circle family.
We hope you like how it looks, seeing as we designed it with you in mind. We designed the site so that it is simple to navigate and organised the content to make it more accessible. We were going for ‘modern and forward-thinking’; we have achieved just that. You will find all features fully compatible with smart phones and tablets, enabling you to stay in touch with us while on the go.
You may have also noticed our new logo. That’s because we haven’t simply redesigned our website, but rebranded the Social Circle identity. Entering our second decade in business, we decided to reevaluate our message and ensure that it reaches both our members and prospective members in an ever-evolving market.
We also made the change with one eye on the corporate market to introduce Social Circle into the workplace. We are also planning on turning social Circle into a franchise in the near future. So, as you can see, a new brand identity was imperative for us at this moment in time.
Just because we have a new look, don’t think we’ve lost sight of who we are. In fact, we’ve streamlined our message after 10 years of getting to know our members. We still have that family feel and we’re still Manchester’s Premium Social Network: don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise 😉
Take some time to get used to our new website; be sure to add us to your bookmarks and check our calendar page and blog for updates, regularly.
It isn’t simply a new look we’re talking about here. We have added new features and improved upon old ones. And we’re not ashamed to say that we’re proud of our achievement.
Our videos and photo galleries are more seamlessly integrated with the navigation and more easily accessible, instead of sitting at the bottom as separate areas of the site. Videos are now categorised too, so you can choose to see footage of events, testimonials, or whatever it is you’re looking for.
We understand that it can be hard to find what you’re looking for at a glance when you’re looking at an event calendar with over 150 events. We have remedied that by making events easier to find on our brand new events category pages. Events themselves now feature all of the key information in a concise and cleanly presented fashion right at the top of the event. July is our biggest ever calendar, by the way; and we have more free events than ever: 70% of the events we offer in July are available at no cost to members. The range of events are as diverse as ever too, with choices ranging from cinema and comedy to Chester races and canoeing.Don’t forget, of course, to browse the new home page. The home page is made up of various sections, encompassing text, images, and video. We have laid out the various sections to tell the story of Social Circle, with the “about us” page taking the visitor a step further on that journey.
That’s all for now!
Please do let us know what you think of the new Social Circle website!
If you have any questions about the new site, or about anything at all, please feel to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.