Our Favourite Agencies In Manchester

Our Favourite Agencies In Manchester

It’s a city that’s absolutely brimming with unique culture, tourist destinations, and rich historical landmarks. It was also voted the 13th best city in the world by Time Out this year, beating heavy-hitters like Tokyo, New York, and Paris.

Creative Agencies
How UK Biotechs Are Paving The Way For Sustainable Agriculture Practices

How UK Biotechs Are Paving The Way For Sustainable Agriculture Practices

The term ‘biotech’ is most commonly associated with the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields, and while it’s true that companies have made huge strides in these areas, these aren’t the only sectors that biotechs have the potential to revolutionise.

Biotech & Healthcare
The Best Of The Grocer Gold Awards 2022

The Best Of The Grocer Gold Awards 2022

June 14th saw the return of the annual Grocer Gold Awards in Guildhall London, celebrating the best and brightest brands that the grocery sector has to offer.

Food & Beverage Hospitality Music
Electric Air Mobility: The Future Of Air Transport

Electric Air Mobility: The Future Of Air Transport

Transport is a huge area of focus for governments and global organisations looking to tackle the climate crisis.

Engineering Greentech & Electric Vehicles
Clerkenwell Design Week 2022

Clerkenwell Design Week 2022

Clerkenwell Design Week was back with a bang this year, aiming the spotlight at some of the most brilliant creative minds in the design industry.

Architecture Furniture & Interiors
5 Agencies Shortlisted For Purpose Awards In 2022

5 Agencies Shortlisted For Purpose Awards In 2022

The importance of purpose-driven advertising is now widely recognised by consumers and brands alike.

Creative Agencies
The World Of Experiential Marketing In 2022

The World Of Experiential Marketing In 2022

Experiential marketing is one of the most innovative and unique forms of modern advertising.

Creative Agencies
Diversity In The TV And Film Industries

Diversity In The TV And Film Industries

There’s been a much-needed push in recent years for increased diversity in the TV and film industries.

TV & Film
What does the rise of NFTs mean for the TV & Film Industries?

What does the rise of NFTs mean for the TV & Film Industries?

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve no doubt seen NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) skyrocketing in popularity. And if you’re still not entirely sure what NFTs are, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

TV & Film
The Increasing Need for Energy Storage

The Increasing Need for Energy Storage

A major breakthrough took place recently in the world of nuclear fusion energy.

Engineering Greentech & Electric Vehicles Technology
Step aside, E-commerce. It’s time for Q-commerce to shine.

Step aside, E-commerce. It’s time for Q-commerce to shine.

Developed in a market shaped by the global pandemic, Q-commerce (or ‘Quick Commerce’) is the natural evolution of E-commerce with a huge emphasis on fast logistics. Consumer expectations have changed in the modern world.

Food & Beverage Hospitality
Ones To Watch: The 6 Companies Digitalizing Mental Health Treatment

Ones To Watch: The 6 Companies Digitalizing Mental Health Treatment

In the UK, around 17% of adults were experiencing some form of depression in the summer of 2021 - a 7% increase compared to pre-COVID levels. This has been a constant theme throughout the pandemic, and the impact is still being felt today. As a result, demand for effective mental health treatments is escalating rapidly.

Biotech & Healthcare Technology
7 E-Commerce B-Corps to Watch

7 E-Commerce B-Corps to Watch

As consumers become increasingly aware of societal issues, their shopping preferences are also changing. Many customers are now gravitating towards online brands that focus on social purpose alongside profit.

Furniture & Interiors Retail & E-commerce
5 Buy-Now-Pay-Later start-ups who are changing the way we pay

5 Buy-Now-Pay-Later start-ups who are changing the way we pay

The ‘buy now pay later’ (BNPL) sector is growing at an incredible speed. The premise of BNPL is fairly simple. When customers reach an online checkout, they can choose to split their total bill into multiple instalments rather than paying the full cost up-front.

Fintech & Insurtech Technology
Five Start-Ups That Are Targeting Sustainable Development Goals

Five Start-Ups That Are Targeting Sustainable Development Goals

The start-up landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. New businesses are always focused on driving a healthy profit - but many companies are also now committed to creating products that tackle societal challenges.

Biotech & Healthcare Greentech & Electric Vehicles Technology
5 of the best creative agency ads in 2021

5 of the best creative agency ads in 2021

2021 was a fairly turbulent year, to put it mildly. But thankfully, there’s always one thing you can rely on - brilliant creative agencies producing brilliant ideas.

Creative Agencies
Why Your Client Services Team is Important and How Do You Retain Them?

Why Your Client Services Team is Important and How Do You Retain Them?

As the UK eases out the pandemic, now feels like a good time to reflect on how difficult the past 18 months have been for domestic and global businesses.

Creative Agencies
The Rise of Health and Biotech Apps and Services

The Rise of Health and Biotech Apps and Services

Over the past decade health care has changed rapidly. We have seen the introduction of mobile apps which allow you to speak to a healthcare professional from the comfort of your home, and apps that can identify disease early based on genetic structure. Indeed, the health care sector is moving into a direction that is more tech-driven and individualised.

Biotech & Healthcare Technology
The Best of Meat Free Alternatives

The Best of Meat Free Alternatives

With COP26 well underway, governments will start to think about what changes can be made to limit the impact of human existence and consumption on the planet. To reduce animal agriculture, and look for alternative ways of feeding a growing population that has significantly less environmental impact, will be a challenge.

Food & Beverage
All eyes on the UK TV and film industry

All eyes on the UK TV and film industry

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many UK industries have gone through major changes, and the film and TV sector is no exception. TV and film production was halted for many months during lockdown, and professionals saw their work dry up overnight.

Creative Agencies TV & Film
5 Independent Agencies To Watch

5 Independent Agencies To Watch

Independent creative, media and advertising agencies play a significant role in the wider world of marketing. These agencies often bring a breath of fresh air into pitches and new business meetings, offering a bold alternative to established networks.

Creative Agencies
CreaTech Hotlist - 4 Businesses to Watch in 2022!

CreaTech Hotlist - 4 Businesses to Watch in 2022!

Creative Technology - which combines creative industries such as TV, Film, Music and Design with modern technology - is a fast growing and incredibly diverse sector with plenty of innovation and collaboration within it.

Creative Agencies Music Technology
Supply Chains - The Effects of Brexit and the Pandemic on the Furniture Industry

Supply Chains - The Effects of Brexit and the Pandemic on the Furniture Industry

Unforeseen, unprecedented and unpredictable are all words that can be used to describe the past year and a half. In the wake of Brexit, the UK experienced its most profound challenge yet. Almost every human being in the country, and on the planet, has been affected by the consequences of Covid-19. The long term economic effects of nationwide lockdowns and the closing of hospitality and entertainment industries over the past 18 months is yet to be seen.

Architecture
The Value of Strategy

The Value of Strategy

How do strategists aid your campaign? A strategist is the power behind the creativity within an agency.

Creative Agencies
People Ops and HR: The Creative Industries

People Ops and HR: The Creative Industries

When thinking of job roles within the TV, Film and Music industries, images of glamorous actors, athletic musicians and artistic directors come to one’s mind. If you knew more about the people that make up the creative industry, then perhaps event managers, crew members, producers or even stunt doubles came to mind.

Creative Agencies
Deliver-who? Food delivery services to watch out for this year

Deliver-who? Food delivery services to watch out for this year

Trips to the post offices, banks or the high street to sort out your ‘life admin’ are now things of the past with the emergence of brilliant technology and automation taking care of things… nothing new right?

Food & Beverage
Clerkenwell Design Week Unlocked 2021

Clerkenwell Design Week Unlocked 2021

At the beginning of July, Clerkenwell saw three days of eclectic lighting, furniture and interiors, welcoming its annual design event.

Architecture Furniture & Interiors
Values Driven Start-Ups. How Ethics Brings Growth

Values Driven Start-Ups. How Ethics Brings Growth

In the past two decades we have seen exponential growth in the Tech start-up and scale-up space and there is one trait, regardless of industry or sector, whether in SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, e-commerce, HealthTech, AdTech or a whole host of others, that they have in common and that is exponential headcount growth.

Business Fintech & Insurtech
Marketing Agencies with a Conscience

Marketing Agencies with a Conscience

Once upon a time, marketing agencies existed to solely sell services to business and help companies make a profit. Today, some marketing agencies have chosen to be a driving force for good, offering a wide range of services - from campaigns and social media management to digital strategies and product launches - and many are focusing on selling goods and services that are people - and planet-friendly.

Creative Agencies
2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

Alcohol Free Beverages. 2020 was not the year for giving up drinking… right?

Food & Beverage
The growth of modular housing

The growth of modular housing

The UK faces two combined crises: housing and climate change. A chronic under-investment in housing and lengthy construction processes has led to a backlog of people in living in insufficient accommodation. Property prices also mean that many young people are stuck at their parents’, with a grasp of the housing ladder firmly out of reach.

Furniture & Interiors
How Food and Beverage Companies Survived (and thrived) During Lockdown

How Food and Beverage Companies Survived (and thrived) During Lockdown

With restaurants closing for extended periods of time and supermarkets offering limited stock, the beginning of lockdown was a worrying time for food and beverage providers. Now, we take a look back at those who survived and how they did it.

Food & Beverage
Sustainability in Architecture and Design

Sustainability in Architecture and Design

Buildings account for around 40% of global emissions and companies are becoming aware of their responsibility towards sustainability; not only economically, but environmentally and ethically too. So, what is being done to design a better future?

Architecture
AI in Biotech

AI in Biotech

One of the most pressing questions when it comes to Covid-19, from all corners, is when a vaccine might be developed. Many of us were shocked to hear that it could take a year or more – highlighting our woeful lack of knowledge on the subject. However, that timescale will almost certainly be shortened next time we (as a species!) have to deal with such a pandemic, due to burgeoning advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Biotech & Healthcare Technology
The Christmas Movies Rich List

The Christmas Movies Rich List

In the spirit of this year’s movie theme I’m back with a sequel. Which ‘Joe Pesci in Home Alone’-style crowbars a combo of Financial and Royalties information into some X-mas eve content. Ho Ho Ho.

Music
They Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day- The Xmas Royalties Rich List

They Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day- The Xmas Royalties Rich List

Have you ever wondered how much Christmas crooners rake in from their annual return to the airwaves? Wonder no longer... We compiled the Xmas royalties rich-list, complete with UK boybands, American divas and some one-hit-wonders. Enjoy!

Music
Harmonic Music: Technology vs Touts

Harmonic Music: Technology vs Touts

Touts take money from the pockets of fans and artists, whilst often denying the true supporters their chance to catch their favourite artist live. Well, technology has said - no more! Here are some solutions to the tout problem along with Ed's thoughts on which will prevail...

Music Technology
We are mass gatherings: how the music industry is surviving COVID-19

We are mass gatherings: how the music industry is surviving COVID-19

How does an industry propped up by live events survive, and even thrive, during coronavirus? Monika Hewavitarne explores the innovative ways labels, events and artists have been bringing people together digitally; keeping the unique feeling of live music in a mass gathering but without the dangers of the virus.

Hospitality Music
Locked Down and...Learning?

Locked Down and...Learning?

What matters to us most in life? What do we actually want to do with our free time? What kind of balance do we want in our everyday lives? Whilst lockdowns have clearly robbed us of a great deal this year, there’s evidence to suggest there’s been a positive rethinking of our values.

Music
Engineering a Response to Covid-19

Engineering a Response to Covid-19

​The engineering sector is no stranger to change. Technological advancements can reshape processes used for decades, almost overnight. Sometimes that change comes from within, but occasionally it is thrust upon the us by external forces. This is where engineering currently finds itself. This article’s aim is to explore the ways in which engineering is adapting to the problems of Covid-19, potentially for the better.

Biotech & Healthcare
5 Architecture Practices to Watch

5 Architecture Practices to Watch

While we may not have been allowed out, we have been allowed to self-reflect, evaluate our development, and think about how we as a global society want to grow. We need to be more sustainable, more aware, more conscious. And that starts with the buildings we live in. Luckily, there are plenty of architecture practices who are looking to make a difference than more to just a skyline. Here's a look at just five of our favourites.

Architecture
Iconic Fashion Founders

Iconic Fashion Founders

Fashion is big business. The global apparel market is growing year on year and is expected to reach an extravagant USD$1.5 trillion in 2020. But what does it take to be successful in such a competitive industry that is already bursting at the seams? Alex investigates some iconic fashion founders who have done just that...

Retail & E-commerce
What to do if you’re missing Clerkenwell Design Week

What to do if you’re missing Clerkenwell Design Week

With the news that Clerkenwell Design Week has been postponed until May 2021, we look at what could have been with showrooms by Camira Fabrics Limited, Solus, Bisley Office Furniture and Arper, exhibitions from the likes of Morag Myerscough as well as ways to get involved from the comfort of your own home...

Architecture Retail & E-commerce
Coming Back Stronger: Learning Lockdown Lessons

Coming Back Stronger: Learning Lockdown Lessons

We want to talk to you a little bit about what comes next. At the moment, it seems that every article or opinion piece is either leading you down the garden path by pretending all is fine and nothing has changed, or they’re pushing a narrative of doom and despair. As with most things, we need to be setting our sights somewhere down the middle - but with an optimistic twist. Allow Olly to elaborate...

Business
Exciting Emerging Tech

Exciting Emerging Tech

As you’ll hopefully already be aware, Harmonic Finance and Harmonic Operations pride ourselves on recruiting for some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology companies. As a bit of light relief from that thing we’re all talking about (!), here’s some of our hot takes on the most exciting ‘Emerging Tech’ developments globally.

Business Engineering Greentech & Electric Vehicles Technology
Volunteering During Covid-19

Volunteering During Covid-19

Many of you will be wondering what you can do to help during these unprecedented times. Where can you volunteer? Will it affect your furlough agreement? We have answer to all this and more... Read on and find out what you can do.

Business
Onboarding in Isolation

Onboarding in Isolation

During the current lockdown, virtual onboarding is a necessary evil - but one that could be embraced even after this all has passed.

Business Technology
UK food & beverage VCs: the harmonic hotlist

UK food & beverage VCs: the harmonic hotlist

Searching for Investment in your Food & Beverage business? Our very own expert, Emily Pryor has put together this absolutely must-read list of the top VCs in the field...

Food & Beverage
Music & Tech: AI vs A&R

Music & Tech: AI vs A&R

What do you imagine when you hear A&R: is it someone in a leather jacket hanging around the back of a darkened room 5 nights a week? Well, that’s what it has been for the last 40+ years, really. The cut of the jacket has changed but not much else. That's all set to change with the advent of AI for A&R...

Music Technology
Harmonic Meets: James & Holy Moly Dips

Harmonic Meets: James & Holy Moly Dips

Holy Moly was founded by best friends Gaz & Tom, whilst arguing one night about who makes the best guacamole. Now stocked nationally and growing rapidly, their vision to bring good guac to the UK has been realised. This interview is between our very own Emily and James... Holy Moly's first finance hire.

Food & Beverage
Music & Mental Health

Music & Mental Health

The music industry is notoriously tough and can take its toll on the mental health of those working in the field. Ed Naish took the time to explore the various options available for those struggling in the industry, including charities and organisations we've had the pleasure of supporting in the past.

Music
Music and Blockchain – Is It Finally Time?

Music and Blockchain – Is It Finally Time?

Blockchain has been touted as the answer to business-ills for many years, but never really came of age. In this article, Monika examines the possible uses for blockchain within the music industry as we ask the question - music & blockchain, is it finally time?

Music Technology
Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

​It’s a tough old game, food and beverages. In an industry where 9 in 10 startups fail, we need all the help we can get to succeed. If you get it right, there’s a huge market out there waiting to fill your coffers – food and beverage is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, turning over a cool £96 billion every year. With that said, Emily explores one of the biggest problems faced by F&B businesses: cash flow.

Food & Beverage
Do you know your SaaS from your elbow?

Do you know your SaaS from your elbow?

SaaS, Iaas, Paas.... What!? If the acronyms leave you confused, you're not alone. We all use some kind of SaaS system in our day to day life and potentially one or two of the others in the office. Our SaaS expert Matt delves into the different kinds and their uses in this fascinating article.

Technology
Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion has become a negative term over the last year or so, with environmental impacts and scare stories being shared across media platforms around the world. Alex explores these stories and examines the rise of slow fashion - is a blend of the two the best solution? Read on to find out...

Retail & E-commerce
Investors love COOs and here’s why…

Investors love COOs and here’s why…

​Ask the average person on the street what a CEO is, and they’ll be able tell you. They may even know about CMOs and possibly CTOs… The position of COO is a lesser-known member of the C-suite however and yet, heading into 2020 one of the most valuable; especially in the eyes of an investor... Zach is here to tell you why.

Business
The Netflix Effect: Streaming and Finance in TV & Film

The Netflix Effect: Streaming and Finance in TV & Film

Every so often a company comes along that defines their market. It’s the reason why we call vacuum cleaners ‘Hoovers’ and why stick-based adhesives are called Pritt-sticks (a slice of primary school nostalgia for you all there). Netflix are this generation’s industry defining company... Shianne explores their effect on film and TV.

Creative Agencies Music
Where Design Meets Tech

Where Design Meets Tech

Furniture that combines digital technology has for a long time been a bit of a curiosity. If you grew up watching Star Trek, it’s the stuff of science fiction made real: tables with interactive menus built in, chairs that change their structure to suit your body shape and advertising that allows you to place items in your home using augmented reality... In this article Charlotte looks at some of the newest design gadgets in town.

Architecture Technology
UK Food & Beverage VCs: The Harmonic Hotlist

UK Food & Beverage VCs: The Harmonic Hotlist

Searching for Investment in your Food & Beverage business? You need to read this list…

Food & Beverage
Nova Batida Festival: The Review

Nova Batida Festival: The Review

We took a staff trip to Lisbon to enjoy the amazing Nova Batida festival. This write up brings you the sights, sounds and flavours of the festival as it happened.

Music
Top 5 Fashion-Tech Solutions: 2019

Top 5 Fashion-Tech Solutions: 2019

Fashion and technology haven't always kept pace with each other, but that could be about to change. With advances in blockchain technology, RFID chips and more; we could be about to see a fashion tech revolution.

Retail & E-commerce Technology
The CFO & CEO Relationship - What Drives Effectiveness?

The CFO & CEO Relationship - What Drives Effectiveness?

With studies showing that trust between a CFO and CEO is paramount to a good relationship, we explore what this can mean for your business and how to foster that environment.

Business
Operations Managers: The Unsung Heroes of Music

Operations Managers: The Unsung Heroes of Music

This article celebrates a group of unsung heroes. The people working hard behind the scenes to make things happen, keep things on track and generally just get stuff done: Operations Managers.

Music
The Standard Hotel: Setting a new standard

The Standard Hotel: Setting a new standard

Major US investment revitalises a brutalist eyesore in the heart of Camden - a positive sign of things to come?

Hospitality
Meet: Johnny Evans, CFO of AEI Group

Meet: Johnny Evans, CFO of AEI Group

Being a CFO is pretty cool anyway, but CFO of a group that encompasses record labels and music festivals? We had to find out more. Check out our interview with Johnny Evans - CFO of AEI group.

Music
Cloud 9: The UK's Fastest Growing Retailers

Cloud 9: The UK's Fastest Growing Retailers

With retail giants closing down around us, we examined 9 of the fastest growing UK businesses to try and work out what makes them tick...

Retail & E-commerce
The Taxman Cometh: When HMRC Investigate

The Taxman Cometh: When HMRC Investigate

The dreaded brown envelope. The harbinger of the HMRC Investigation. Does a visit from the tax man have to be terrifying? We look at why they investigate, what process they follow and how you can avoid them coming in the first place…

Fintech & Insurtech

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