Full Circle: Manchester Events Brand Celebrates Ten Years
Back in 2006, when Tony Blair was Prime Minister and smartphones were still the stuff of sci-fi dreams, Manchester saw the birth of Social Circle.
The events and adventure brand has weathered the Credit Crunch and the subsequent recession, all of which puts it in good stead to face whatever Britain’s post-EU future may bring.
Since its first event back in 2006, Social Circle has grown every year to become the UK’s largest social and adventure network, dedicated to providing free events for its members.
And the business continues to break records. With 500 members and growing, over the past decade Social Circle has helped over 2000 people make new friends… and sometimes more: Following introductions made in the group, Social Circle has played a direct role in producing least three marriages and two children.
Steve Sutherland started Social Circle almost by accident, when he settled in Manchester following his epic five year voyage around the world.
“I just wanted to meet some new people in an informal, fun environment,” said Steve. “While there were plenty of online dating sites, nobody was offering a way to meet like-minded people with the sole purpose of making new friends.”
So he arranged a small social gathering in the function room of his local pub in Didsbury.
To his surprise, he found that there were a lot of people who wanted the same.
“That first night was crazy,” Steve said. “The venue was only supposed to hold 70 people, but we had at least double that turn up for the event!”
Having discovered a huge gap in the market, Steve began to arrange an increasing number of events throughout Manchester and beyond.
“The business effectively started out as a blank canvas and I just improvised,” said Steve, reflecting on Social Circle’s early days.
Following the success of its social offering, Social Circle also offers corporate membership for businesses who want to provide their employees added health and well-being benefits.
To celebrate Social Circle’s double-figure milestone, the group will come fullcircle, returning to the venue that saw its inaugural event. The Slug and Lettuce in Didsbury will host the party on 30th September 2016, from 7.30pm onwards.
And after a decade in the city, how is the well-travelled Scotsman enjoying Manchester life?
“There’s nowhere in the world quite like it,” said Steve. “Believe me, I’ve looked.”
To book a place at Social Circle’s ten year anniversary party, visit bit.ly/2bbJa0V
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