Where We Work: Social Chain, Manchester

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Based in the heart of Manchester’s Portland Street, Social Chain is a fast-growing digital marketing agency, counting the likes of Superdry, Sky Bet and Revolution Bars Group among its clients.

Established by entrepreneurs Steve Bartlett and Dom McGregor in 2014, the company has grown its workforce from a team of just four to a 250-strong team across the globe, offering a mix of influencer marketing, social media management and video production, to name a few.

Steve Bartlett, CEO of Social Chain, told us why their workspace is so important for what they do...

“Our office is a true reflection of who we are. Our partners, Bruntwood Works, understood the importance of keeping our team under one roof to help fuel our creativity now that we’ve expanded. The new space is a real first for Manchester and we’re incredibly proud to call it home.”

Social chain's "Social Train"

Where is it?

127 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PZ...Plus offices in London, New York and Berlin.

How big is it?

Following its expansion, Social Chain sits across 15,000 sq ft of office space, boasting an indoor jungle, New York subway-style meeting pods and tiered seating area designed for presentations, while a huge, floating boardroom takes centre stage. A total of eight studios include facilities for producing podcasts, photography and filming.

The studio where employees set up and film content

What happens there?

The new office was unveiled at the end of last year, overseen by Atul Bansal of Sheila Bird Group and delivered in partnership with Bruntwood Works. The space was dreamt up by Social Chain’s team to create the ultimate playground for millennials with collaborative working at its core and features a slide, ball pit, bar and cascading waterfall.

The company prides itself on nurturing young talent and helping staff to build a solid career in an industry that is constantly evolving, championing flexible working and a strong ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude.

Who works there?

There are 120 Manchester-based employees, including Managing Director, Talent Manager, Operations Director, Strategy Director, Project Lead, Head of Data and a Director of Happiness. Social Chain’s offering spans across a wide range of services, including data and insights, social media management, influencer marketing, production and media distribution.

A video tour of Social Chain's Manchester office

Think your workspace is wonderful?

Workplaces across the North are changing. For many, the physical changes are to encourage a cultural change, with more pressure being put on businesses to consider the wellbeing of employees. Whether your office has recently been refurbished, it's beautifully designed, or it's just vastly different from a typical office, we want to hear from you. Our Where We Work feature is a visual piece so any submissions will need to include HD photos. To find out more, please email Josh