Spaces Matter is a placemaking and marketing consultancy that transforms spaces into destinations.

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Event at Viadux Manchester


Bringing together your objectives, the needs of the local community and the end audience to get your space firmly on the map.



Devising, executing and analysing all aspects of the marketing mix for maximum ROI on your spend.



Cleverly designed events to get people talking about you for all the right reasons.

Enlivening the UK’s first Airport City


MAG Property wanted to generate a tangible example of the dynamic atmosphere that prospective tenants would be able to experience at the UK’s first Airport City.


We produced a marketing and events strategy based on the needs of the current and prospective tenants. We created a temporary public realm in one of MAG’s existing light-filled buildings and animated it with a programme of street-food and learning events to provide amenity, entertainment and the opportunity for tenants to network.


The event has attracted several thousand people so far and we have built a strong database of people to talk to about the wider scheme. We have created a space where the diverse factions of the Airport can commune and have received extremely positive feedback from tenants and agents alike. As a result, we have doubled the programme of events over the past 12 months.

We have worked closely with Fran for over 2 years now and she has devised and executed an extremely successful animation and amenity strategy at Airport City Manchester.

It’s been a pleasure working with Fran and I would highly recommend Spaces Matter to anyone looking for a placemaking specialist!
— Caitlin Callaghan, Senior Marketing Executive, Manchester Airport Group

Pop-up at its finest


Ask Real Estate wanted to animate the beautiful arches in their Viadux site post purchase in order to build relationships and brand presence prior to development.


We produced a strategy that profiled the development’s end residential and leisure user along with the local demographic. We determined that creative communities will be pivotal to this historic site and forged a relationship with a new fringe theatre company who could run and populate the building on a medium term basis.


Thousands of people have since been through the doors and the space has been heavily praised by regional press for bringing Grade 11 listed vaults back into use in a sympathetic and dynamic way. 

’With her outstanding knowledge and extensive experience across a range of disciplines, Ask Real Estate has commissioned Fran to work on a number of its projects across Manchester City Centre. By creating an early sense of place, and tapping into Manchester’s fringe theatre scene, Fran’s recommendations were excellent and 53two has now emerged to bring footfall and awareness to this site. Fran’s approach is professional yet friendly, thorough but deliverable and at all times, has the client aspirations front of mind.
— Ann-Marie Duffy, Marketing Executive, Ask Real Estate

Driving bookings for luxury holiday homes


We were appointed by Habitat First Group to bolster marketing and events across their brand portfolio, including Habitat Escapes, their luxury holiday home leasing company.


We delivered new events including the Cotswolds’ first ever Pumpkin Flotilla, created new competitions, mailshots, offers and adverts to engage with the existing database and to attract a new audience.


The Pumpkin Flotilla worked so well that it is being brought back next Halloween and will double in size, whilst the marketing activity resulted in some of the largest traffic spikes of the year, with our Black Friday campaign generating 30 bookings in one day alone. 

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‘’It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Fran on our marketing and events strategy. From the get-go, I knew we found a hard worker who can deliver projects quickly and on budget. Fran is full of great ideas and has helped our business to establish a fully comprehensive marketing strategy across all companies within the group.’’
— Red Paxton, Owner, Habitat First Group

Generating footfall and revenue for a new underground venue


The Brickworks, a previously untouched space beneath a Manchester City Centre shopping centre, approached us to devise a marketing and experiential strategy to help populate its 10,000 square feet of underground chambers.


Using our black book of brand and promoter contacts, we approached the best agencies and local businesses to view the space and to hear the vision from the leaseholders, Crowd UK.


The Brickworks has rapidly become Manchester’s most dynamic venue, hosting huge brands from across the UK, including Reebok, Just Eat, Lone Wolf, Adidas and The Face Gym.

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The Brickworks event
The Brickworks Reebok Experiential
Spaces Matter’s connections are second to none. Their contacts and strategic approach were pivotal to us when launching this space.
— Andy Phillips, Director, Crowd UK