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Manchester’s community spirit among the strongest in the UK, according to new study

Though are we really surprised?

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A new study has revealed that the community spirit here in Manchester is among the strongest in the whole country.

Here in Manchester, we’re proud of our northern friendliness, so the fact that our city has ranked within the top ten of the whole country for having a fantastic sense of community might not come as too much of a surprise.

Commissioned by McCarthy Stone, the research surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK in February 2021 and found that while over a third (37%) of the UK said that they had a strong community spirit where they lived, the regional figures showed where exactly residents had the most faith in their community.

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Manchester ranked 8th on the list, with an impressive 39% of residents saying that their city has a strong community spirit. Yes, Manchester.

We beat Southampton and Cardiff, but was overtaken by Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Plymouth came out on top, with 53% of residents saying their city has a strong sense of community. 

However, it turns out that what while we may have a fantastic sense of community spirit, we lack considerably in trustworthiness. 

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McCarthy Stone also delved into the overall sense of trustworthiness among communities across different cities and, guess what? We didn’t even make the list!

Miruna Constantinescu, National Marketing Director at McCarthy Stone, said: “I think this survey shows just how important good neighbours are to us across the country. 

“We have been really proud of the way neighbours in our developments have pulled together to help each other get through the pandemic, showing incredible warmth and community spirit – it has made all the difference.

The results show that community spirit remains incredibly high, especially after the difficult year endured by all. Neighbours are literally some of the closest and longest relationships we can have in our lives, so it’s important to build and maintain a healthy rapport because these acts of trust and togetherness make where we live so worthwhile.”

Never change, Manchester (but maybe be a bit more trusting…).

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Iceland is giving away unsold food to customers for free to prevent wastage

The supermarket’s new scheme has the potential to give away over 1.3 million food items that would have otherwise gone to waste

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Iceland has launched a new free food initiative that gives away produce at the end of its shelf life for free in a bid to prevent food waste. 

The frozen food retailer claims its ‘Free on Last Day of Life’ initiative has the potential to give away more than 1.3 million items worth £500,000 a year to its customers while also cutting back on food waste – all food items ordered and delivered by Iceland have previously had a shelf life of at least two days.

The scheme has been launched across 1,000 of its stores following a successful trial in forty sites, which saw over 17,000 items given away for free and customers receiving an average refund of £1.58 per order.

The process is simple and doesn’t require any extra effort from the customer; If an item ordered is the only one left and has the same day date, it will be scanned, labelled and placed in the shopping cart as normal. The customer will then be made aware of the free item ahead of delivery and will not be charged the original price.

Fresh, chilled, baked, cakes and morning produce are all included in the scheme.

Iceland Foods managing director, Richard Walker said: “Reducing food waste is a huge priority for us as we continue to reduce our impact on the environment.

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“We know that shelf life plays a big role in the creation of surplus food so we to have find an innovative way to combat this within our stores and via our online shopping.

“Our Free on Last Day of Life scheme not only helps reduce food waste but also supports our customers.

“We know cost is key to many of our shoppers and this new initiative allows us to offer them the opportunity to reduce their weekly shopping bills as well as helping to reduce food waste.”

The scheme is available both online and in store now; you can find your closest Iceland supermarket here

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Manchester voted second best city for independent pubs in the UK

Manchester even trumped London for it’s selection of independent pubs and unique craft beers

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In somewhat unsurprising news, Manchester has been voted as the second best place in the whole of the UK for a good independent pint and boozer.

The survey, commissioned by business-comparison site Bionic, set out to uncover the UK’s best craft drinking destinations in an attempt to get people back in pubs following a rough eighteen months for the hospitality industry.

The study judged each city based on its pubs’ customer reviews, the number of unique beers available and the number of top rated pubs and microbreweries to create an index ranking.

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It also looked at the most popular pints to share on social media and which independent beers are each generation’s favourite.

And, low and behold, Manchester ranked very handsomely in second place as a result of its vast number of 1,600 independent pubs and 781 unique beers, scoring a respectable 77 out of 100 in the overall index ranking. That’s a lot of beer.

And to make this news even better, Manchester beat the capital city London, which ranked in third place with 5,800 independent pubs and 552 unique beers (none of which will be a patch on ours, obviously.)

Newcastle took the top spot, just pipping us to the crown with a score of 80 on the overall index ranking.

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Glyn Britton, Chief Customer Officer at Bionic, reflected on why we should consider visiting local pubs rather than supporting chains: “The lockdowns have been hard for many small businesses so next time you’re in need of some essentials or even just fancy a pint, try heading down to your local high street to explore what’s on offer at the grocery shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries.

“You won’t just be getting goods, you’ll be helping to support the future growth of your neighbourhood and help give back to your community.”

You can read the full report here. 

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Nearly 30,000 people are having affairs in Manchester according to ‘cheating map’

Some of you have a lot of explaining to do…

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A new ‘cheating map’ has revealed the staggering number of people allegedly having affairs in Greater Manchester.

The Official Infidelity Index, run by married-dating site Illicit Encounters, allows users to see just how many affairs are getting underway by location across the whole of the UK using specific counties, cities and even postcodes.

And, low and behold, there’s a staggering amount of you unfaithful lot doing the dirty right here in Greater Manchester.

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The map claims that precisely 27,224 people are having affairs in Manchester alone, while 2,994 are cheating in Altrincham, 1,251 in Salford, 1,141 in Bury, 916 in Hale, 906 in Wigan and 684 in Bolton.

Manchester ranks in fourth place out of all UK cities for affairs, with it being narrowly beaten by Nottingham (28,719), Birmingham (45,787) and London (a whopping 168,322).

And while this data may seem a little untrustworthy, the figures are based on Illicit Encounters’ very own extensive data, who claim the rise in cheating is a result of pandemic restrictions being lifted and people feeling unhappy with their partners during the 2020 lockdowns.

Illicit Encounters spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said on the results: “We have seen a rise in cheating over the last year throughout Greater Manchester, particularly since the start of autumn with almost all adults being double jabbed.

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“Record numbers of people came back from their summer holidays miserable and looking for excitement after 18 months of being bored and stuck at home with their partners.

“We have enjoyed the busiest year in our history with women in particular looking to start afresh and joining in unprecedented numbers.

“The cheating surge will continue as more of us return to the office in the run-up to Christmas. Adulterers often use work as a way to cover up their affair.”

To see how unfaithful your area is, visit the Infidelity Index here.

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