Christmas Jelly Shopping


by patrick h. lauke on Flickr

With the Manchester Christmas Markets now up and running, why not use Manchester Jelly as an excuse to come into the City Center, get some work done amongst other interesting folks, and celebrate consumerism by doing some Christmas shopping?!

We’ve got 3 Jelly’s in December and you’re welcome to come to all 3!

Friday 2nd:

Friday 9th:

Friday 16th:


Manchester Jelly Around The Web

We’ve been mentioned in a few places recently off the back of our Press Release and a couple of our attendees have written blogs about us. and Ralli Solicitors added our press release to their site, with Enterprise Freelance Fair pointing out our upcoming Jellies up to Christmas.

DadHacker (Dave Potts) and Freshbeat (Matt Pealing) both blogged about their positive experiences at Manchester Jelly.

From DadHacker:

The conversation came and went. Sometimes there were conversations about WordPress, VAT returns, charge out rates. Sometimes there were Trappist like silences… Oh, and I did manage to have a reasonably productive day!

From Freshbeat:

I’ve met lots of interesting people… and find it’s a great way to separate work from my personal life.

We’ve also created a new Google+ page so add us to your “Awesome” circle!

Tickets Available For Jellies Up To Christmas

candle on the christmas tree

christoph_w on Flickr

We’ve released tickets for all the upcoming Jellies until this Christmas. Friday December the 16th will be the last Manchester Jelly of 2011, we didn’t think many people would be around on the 23rd December!

Take a look at your Calendar / Diary and book your tickets using these links below:


Friday 4th:

Friday 11th:

Friday 18th:

Friday 25th:


Friday 2nd:

Friday 9th:

Friday 16th:

Press Release for Manchester Jelly

To try to raise the profile of Manchester Jelly so it benefits more people, we’ve produced a Press Release. The more people our Jelly attracts, the more connections and conversations and help can be had by everyone – the more the merrier!

If you have any media contacts, please point them here.




Ben Gibbs
Manchester Jelly

A fabulous start for the free Manchester Jelly collaborative co-working collective

Manchester, 01-11-2011 – Every Friday, from 9am – 6pm, a group of freelancers,
small business owners, telecommuters and home workers convene at MadLab in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for Manchester Jelly – a free casual co-working event where workers can collaborate, share tips, swap ideas and simply get down to business whilst being amongst other like-minded individuals.

Working on your own can sometimes be a little isolating, especially with the nights growing
dark earlier and earlier. The Jelly is a way to brighten up the working week by getting a group of people together and working alongside other interesting people.

Manchester Jelly, which started in September this year, is the first free casual co-working
event in Manchester. It draws a range of individuals together every Friday; including
freelancers, telecommuters, small/micro business owners and entrepreneurs, for the
opportunity to get their work done whilst meeting and helping each other.

“Jellies started in America a few years ago and now regularly take place in dozens of cities
across the world, including several in the UK” says Ben Gibbs, co-founder of Manchester

“Some people work in isolation a lot of the time and Manchester Jelly offers the chance to
work amongst other people, allowing those random, fun and helpful conversations to take
place when people are sharing a space and working together. Some small businesses use
Jellies as a chance to get out of the office and meet new people.”

“Jellies are for people from any industry, we’ve had translators, project managers, web developers, illustrators, writers and many more types professions at Manchester Jelly, some of whom are freelancers and others are employed.”

Manchester Jelly takes place every Friday from 9am to 6pm at MadLab on Edge Street in
Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter. It is free to attend, with free tea & Coffee and super-fast WiFi. Voluntary £5 donations to go towards the running of the space are appreciated for the host venue MadLab.

Recent attendees of Manchester Jelly have been enthused by their experiences:

“Thanks for organising a great event btw. And good to meet everyone!”

“Was great to get working amongst other freelancers / home workers. Shame I couldn’t stay
for the whole day. Will be back in a couple of weeks. Keep up the good work.”

“Co-working is a growing trend around the world” says Natalie Whittaker, MadLab’s event
co-ordinator. “During uncertain times people have realised the benefit and support that co-working alongside other professionals offers. Not only can it increase productivity but also enables those who come to learn of new products, services and best practices to help them with their work.”

To book tickets to attend any upcoming Manchester Jellies just visit the website at http://
where you’ll also be able to see all the latest news. You can follow Manchester Jelly on Twitter or Facebook too.


Ben Gibbs
Manchester Jelly
07811 197374

Natalie Whittaker
Manchester Digital Laboratory
07806 422245

Notes to Editors:


Manchester Jelly is a free, casual co-working event for freelancers, home workers,
telecommuters and small/micro business owners. It happens every Friday from 9am – 6pm at MadLab on Edge Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.


The MadLab is a community space for creative people including artists, designers,
illustrators, web developers, tinkerers and innovators; with events and courses taking
place there on a regular basis. It’s a not-for-profit organisation dependent on funding and
appreciative of any donation as a contribution towards the project.


Additional attachments:

Photograph of Manchester Jelly co-workers

Tickets for the next few Jellies

There are still some tickets available for this Friday’s Jelly (7th October) so get yours while you can: http://manchester–

We’re changing the way we’re ticketing future Jellies by creating a new event for each one on Eventbrite. The new event pages will list the attendees who have booked a ticket, giving their Name, Job Title and Website. The Job Title and Website are optional but will allow others to see who you are and what you do.

So here are the links to book your tickets for the following Jellies:

Friday 14th October:

Friday 21st October:

Friday 28th October:

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

First Manchester Jelly Was A Great Day!

Today’s first Manchester Jelly was a wonderful and positive day. 15 freelancers, home-workers and business owners came to co-work together at MadLab.

Here is some feedback from the day:

Thanks for organising a great event btw. And good to meet everyone!

Awesome to see it’s so busy! Will have to make sure I plan ahead and get a ticket for next weeks before they sell out :o)

Was great to get working amongst other freelancers / home workers. Shame I couldn’t stay for the whole day. Will be back in a couple of weeks. Keep up the good work.

A number of those attending were able to help each other with technical website bugs, or feedback on their websites and there was a useful conversation on when an invoice becomes outstanding: once it’s issued, or 28 days after it’s issued?!

We had a bit of a debate on what hashtag we could use for Manchester Jelly. #manchesterjelly and #themould were suggested, but we agreed on #jellymcr so that’s the one to use from now on folks!

A particular highlight for most seemed to be a group lunch of Pie and Chips at Nexus Art Cafe!


A number of those at the Jelly today are wanting to come again next week or the week after, so it’ll be great to see you again along with plenty of new faces!

Sign up for next Friday’s Jelly here: http://manchester–