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Podge Lunch Partnership
Unlike Any Other

Always held on a Friday, each lunch is completely individual and with no expense spared. Design, digital and sport have grown to attract just over 250 guests whilst Stodge Podge (held in the heart of Manchester) and our newest event - Music Podge - are at around 150 guests (a number that is determined by the capacity of the venues, not by their potential). For each event, different and high-profile creative agency takes the challenge to put their creative stamp on a Podge lunch and be bigger and bolder than the agency before them. The work is always excellent, and always done pro-bono and the idea extends from the website right through to every aspect of the venue on the day.

Although everyone who attends a Podge lunch wants to be on the guest list the following year, we try to ensure that each event has at least 50% new attendees. Over 25 years of Design Podge, 17 years of Digital Podge, 14 years of Sports Podge, 10 years of Stodge Podge and 2 years of Music Podge there are at least three or four times as many people who want to attend as there are spaces available. And there is always a waiting list.

There are some things the lunches don't have. There are no auctions, commercial speeches or awards. They're never stuffy, or formal. People actually want to stay until the end. And unlike many other events, people can't buy a table, they can only buy a place at the lunch and only if they have been invited. They don't even get to choose who they sit next to (apart from sponsors that is). The seating plan is put together by hand, to enure the best connections are made.

We do everything we can to make the Podge lunches work really hard for our partners, many of whom have been with us for a long time. Knowing them well they inevitably become friends. At that level, we get to know them well and can help make valuable connections and have fun at the same time.

Podge Partners

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    Accenture Interactive

    One of the largest end-to-end providers of digital transformation capabilities in the world, delivering transformation at speed and at scale.

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    IBM iX

    With a network of global studios, IBM iX are a next-generation services company, dedicated to creating transformative ideas that get their clients to the future first.

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    The Drum

    The Drum provides insights on all things digital, creative, advertising, and media-related via its website and magazine. Operating out of Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific, The Drum’s agenda is truly global.

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    Getty Images

    A picture speaks a thousand words. Getty are the creative industries go to guys and gals, providing royalty-free images, stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

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    With three centuries of experience, Coutts has a world-renowned reputation for a personal approach to private banking and wealth management.

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    The Agency Works

    The sole UK suppliers of Synergist, the leading job costing system for creative agencies, helping to increase profitability and improve efficiency.

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    We Are Adam

    With northern roots, they help digital and marketing businesses of all shapes and sizes grow and achieve their objectives by identifying elusive & high calibre talent.

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    The UK's largest independent provider of recruitment services for the digital economy, specialising in commercial, marketing, technical and creative talent.

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    A leading international board, management and executive recruitment consultancy with a reputation built upon delivering outstanding results and exceptional service levels.

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    Network CC

    One of the longest running creative recruitment consultancies in the UK, helping businesses achieve growth by finding them the right people at the right time.

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    The UK’s largest specialist research and development (R&D) tax credit agency. They currently advise over 100 companies a month across all sectors, and last year delivered more than £125 million to their clients.

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    Making Moves

    A commercial property specialist for the creative and digital sectors, helping with everything from finding new office space, to renewing existing leases or expansions.

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    The Hub

    Print production is at the core of The Hub. They work with agencies and direct clients to produce all forms of printed media, from the smallest of digital jobs, outdoor media, merchandise, and exhibition stands through to most complex of direct mail campaigns

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    Answers no longer come from business strategy, digital technology, customer experience or design alone. Frontier is the home of the Experience Centre, where we bring these things together. We combine our people, co-creative processes and a collaborative environment to reframe, visualise, and rapidly bring the future of your organisation to life. Together, we can create products or services, reinvent how your company operates, or maybe even launch entirely new businesses.

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    A leading audit, tax, advisory and risk firm trusted for their specialist advice, ability to make smart decisions and readiness to provide lasting value They are the UK member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 global accounting networks in the world. .

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    KeyStone Law

    John Haggis is a friend and partner to many Podgers and has more than a decade's experience in commercial, intellectual property, and technology law. His new venture, Kepler Wolf sees him working independently with digital businesses from across the spectrum.

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    Europe’s leading corporate advisory and growth consultancy for agencies. They inspire the now, next and future generation of agencies to thrive inside one of the world’s most competitive industries

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    Sports provide diverse value and play a vital role in helping people to lead a prosperous and comfortable lifestyle. Mizuno not only supports sporting activities by offering better sporting goods but also develops products and services that make the most of the value of sports and actively spread that in daily life.

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    Synergist is the UK's leading job costing and project management system for creative / digital agencies and project-based businesses.

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    Story Stream

    StoryStream is the smart content platform for automotive brands. Using patent pending AI, StoryStream transforms the car buying experience by automatically delivering more real, relevant content at scale to every customer touchpoint.

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    Guild is the "WhatsApp for work" a messaging app for businesses, professional groups and networks. Guild is designed for professionals who want the advantages of messaging - ease of use, immediacy, intimacy, engagement - but who also care about proper privacy, quality, legal compliance, and professional standards of support and service.

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    Just Fix

    Just Fix is a hyper-local marketplace that connects customers with pre-vetted tradespeople in order to provide the fastest solution to urgent home maintenance needs. The slick technology makes finding a builder just as easy as booking a taxi or ordering a take-away.

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    Future Factory

    Future Factory are the lead generation and new business agency that believes people buy from people, not from pushy selling, cold calling or mass mailing.



By The Numbers

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  • 32

    Ubers Ordered Inebriatedly

  • 75%


  • 22%


  • TWO


  • FIVE

    Children Produced

  • 11,780

    Business Cards Exchanged

  • 3,050

    Glasses of Wine consumed