The Co-operative Academy of Manchester and Yes Manchester have an exciting opportunity for someone taking the first steps in establishing a graphic design or media business, to be based at The Hive in Blackley, North Manchester.


The Hive offers affordable, stylish and high specification office space for start-up businesses. Find out more about The Hive at

We are looking to offer a significant level of support to a business to be based at The Hive.

 The successful applicant would be asked to design and undertake:

  • Newsletters
  • Prospectus
  • social media campaigns
  • internal signage
  • policy documents
  • other materials

 We would also ask the applicant, from time to time, to speak to our students about their business.

We believe this offer will help a talented designer develop a strong and successful business. The opportunity would be especially beneficial to a designer who was also interested in app development, web design and digital marketing.


The offer

  • Exclusive use of a free office pod at The Hive for 12 months.
  • 2 days a week guaranteed graphic design work from The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
  • Grant available to support setup costs (subject to conditions)
  • Business mentoring and support.


The benefits

  • Opportunity to build a portfolio and network with high spend organisations
  • Guaranteed income – a superb backbone to a fledgling freelancer or agency
  • Innovative and creative management who have vision and purpose
  • The chance to work with energetic and enthusiastic students
  • Fellowship and partnership with a socially conscious organisation


The person

  • Enterprising
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Socially responsible
  • Committed
  • Energetic
  • Charismatic
  • Partnership led
  • Talented
  • Ambitious
  • Vision
  • Drive
  • Interested in young people’s futures
  • Co-operative


Next Steps

In the first instance we would like those interested to visit The Hive for an informal chat. Please contact Lee Davies at or 0161 795 3005 before 5pm on Wednesday 11 May 2016.

Serious applicants would be asked to give a presentation on Wednesday 18 May 2016. This would include:

  • A portfolio of their design work and talking through some projects from brief to execution
  • Their aspirations for their business
  • Their approach to customer service
  • Their approach to social responsibility