The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has opened a North West office at the Greenhouse in MediaCityUK, which will be headed up by media professional and social worker Nicky Davidson.

Davidson has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment and not-for-profit sectors and will work to grow support services and awareness for the work of the the charity, which provides advice, support and financial assistance to creatives, production professionals, marketers and administration staff working in the UK Cinema, TV and Film industry.

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As part of the new partnership with MediaCityUK, The CTBF is planning a range of activities for industry professionals, including opportunities to attend upskilling events, freelancer drop-in sessions, talent development schemes, networking events and film previews.

CEO D’Arcy Myers said: “The North West continues at pace to embrace the development of a world class television industry. Our new partnership with MediaCityUK enables us to dramatically increase the reach and impact of our support and advice services we offer.

“This partnership heralds a new chapter for The CTBF as we will have increased opportunity to launch many new initiatives and in doing so make a real difference to industry professional’s career journeys and livelihoods”.

Davidson added: “I am thrilled to be heading up The CTBF’s new office at such an exciting time for the charity. Establishing a dedicated office in an industry hub like Manchester is a significant landmark as we further our commitment to supporting more people from our industry who are facing uncertainties or financial worries due to working short freelance contracts, unsociable hours or spending long periods away from home.”