The Palms Takes Inspiration from Speed Dating


Job hunting is rarely fun—usually it falls on the arduous side of things. The Palms Shopping Centre recently took on a challenge to make the process a little more palatable for both employers and job hunters. Its inspiration? Speed dating.

The idea to host a speed employing event was born after center manager Simon Carter noticed many retailers had signs in their windows looking for staff.

“I was trying to think of a fun way for retailers to fill pre-Christmas positions in their stores and speed job interviews seemed like it would be great,” he says. “Like a date, in an interview, you often know straight away if someone is the right fit. We are looking forward to hosting this unique and exciting event and with the prospect of employment – job seekers have nothing to lose!”

A little more formal than a job fair, The Palms Speed Employing event was open to everyone. Hopeful job seekers only had to contact the center to register so the dates—interviews, rather—could be arranged.

The event went off beautifully. Nearly 200 job seekers arrived to meet with employers. The interviews ran like a speed dating event, with a timed five minutes for each candidate to make their case. It was, by all reports, a cheery event.


Written by Nissa on November 7, 2012 – 6:17 pm -
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thecentre:mk’s Big Draw


As October wraps up, so does a great national campaign in the UK: The Big Draw. It’s the world’s biggest celebration of drawing, and it encourages people young and old to take joy in drawing.

The event began on the last day of September with Making the First Mark, with activities like “Where Will You Draw the Line” which invited participants to find lines in the environment and draw them everywhere: the walls, the floor, and more traditional locales. The opening also launched The Drawing Machine’s City of Trees project, which had people draw on postcards and contribute them to a collective work.

That work, a mighty tree, featured in yesterday’s closing of the Big Draw MK at thecentre:mk. In its spacious Middleton Hall, the tree featured in the midst of a great many fun drawing events. Shoppers could make their own drawing machines using scrap materials, participate in the never-ending story of Milton Keynes on a 20 meter scroll of paper, and get outlined, crime-scene style, for a particularly Halloween-ish denouement.


Written by Nissa on October 31, 2012 – 4:46 pm -
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Manchester Arndale and the New Literacy


Literacy is vitally important, informing every part of our lives. But in a world increasingly defined by climate change, there is a new sort of literacy that’s becoming nearly as fundamental: carbon literacy. The Manchester Carbon Literacy Project seeks to bring that understanding to everyone that works, lives or studies in the city over the next three years. It sounds like an uphill battle, but most of the important ones are.

Manchester Arndale is doing its part to participate in the project, which is a cornerstone of Manchester: A Certain Future, the city’s climate change action plan. The initiative launched at the shopping center earlier this week, celebrating 24 of the first “green graduates” who can now go out and share their carbon literacy with the world. This first cohort gathered at the center to toss their green mortar-boards high in the air.

The ceremony was attended by Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, and Professor John Brooks, Vice Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. Said Leese, “People taking part in today’s event work for a wide range of organisations, demonstrating how this issue affects everyone. Their task is to pass on knowledge about climate change to their peers. There is a real prospect that Manchester could become the world’s first carbon literate city and for the city to be a far better place as a result.”

When Leese says that graduates’ task is to pass on their knowledge, he’s not overstating the issue. The most important, and most interesting, part of the project is that it’s not being taught by experts but Mancunians themselves. Participants are shown how the small changes they can make affect the environment and their lives, and they take that knowledge and pass it on to others, peer-to-peer.

Aside from holding the launch event, Manchester Arndale is committed to the project. It’s one of the pioneer employers training all its staff in Manchester Carbon Literacy. Centre director David Allinson said “Manchester Arndale is one of the largest employment hubs in the city centre with around 10,000 people working here. As the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre, we have a significant impact on our local environment and are committed to reducing this.”

“As centre director, I am leading by example and going through the Manchester Carbon Literacy training programme with a view to encouraging all our staff to follow suit in the new year. This free training will help provide a greater awareness of the environmental issues we face and how we can reduce our carbon footprint going forward.”


Written by Nissa on October 31, 2012 – 2:42 pm -
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Robina Town Centre Holds One Awesome Auction


This weekend, Robina Town Centre is putting on an event that’s undeniably awesome: AwesomeAuction4Wishes, to be precise.

The auction benefits the Gold Coast branch of Make-A-Wish Australia, and tons of retailers from both the center and surrounding area have donated items for bid. There are so many items on auction, in fact, that the event is going to be a World Record attempt. If successful, they’ll manage to auction over 400 items continuously without a break.

Tony Mansfield, the Auctioneer for the event, should be more than up for the task. He’s a top licensed auctioneer in Queensland, regularly conducting both real estate and charity auctions. In the field, he’s known as “One More Bid,” a great sign for his ability to get top dollar.

To keep shoppers going throughout the marathon auction, there will be a special mega item auctioned off each hour on the hour. There will also be celebrity visitors like Olympic swimming champion Melanie Schlanger stopping by for autographs, entertainment, and more surprises.


Written by Nissa on October 24, 2012 – 6:22 pm -
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Manchester Arndale Charms Students With Giveaway


Manchester Arndale cemented its relationship with a new year of students last week thanks to its Great Student Giveaway. Last Tuesday, for just four hours, the center became a haven for students looking to shop.

Retailers at the center put together over 80 special offers, discounts and promotions for students. Brands like Levi’s, Nike, Topshop and more did their best to make students feel special.

The deals were even more accessible for the first 1000 students to register in advance: each received a £5 gift card to get started. Plus a snack—a Taco Bell crunchy Taco Supreme. Every gift card was claimed, with over 3500 students registering in advance.

No student party would be complete without entertainment, and Manchester Arndale had that under control. Shades and Mohawk, an all-guitar acoustic duo, kicked the night off, and MC and beatboxer Testament performed live. Woody and Kleiny brought their skills straight from the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent and entertained the crowd with their synchronised football freestyle act.

For more interactive entertainment, students enjoyed mechanical bull riding, giant Operation and Buzzwire, and a graffiti wall for young artists.


Written by Nissa on October 10, 2012 – 6:41 pm -
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