Couldn’t make the first Manchester Fuck Up Nights event? Or just want to relive the evening all over again. Here’s our round-up of the best bits!
Our host venue for the evening, Twenty Twentytwo, was packed with over 50 guests from a mix of different businesses; from digital and online marketing to property development and engineering.
We kicked the night off with a special good luck message all the way from our Fuckupers Family in Ankara.
Then it was over to four of the finest fuck up’s Manchester has to offer. Up first was Bruce Thomas, Modern English (www.modern-english.co.uk),who told us about his biggest fuck up…opening a restaurant! We could all relate to the feeling that once you start to fail it’s like a snowball building up momentum.
Then we heard from Amman Ahmed, Music for Pets (www.relaxmycat.com), who reassured us all with his wise words ‘It’s ok to quit!’, which is exactly what he did with his first business Rormix after he struggled with the fast growth that follows investment.
Third up was Tim Langley, CANDDi (www.canddi.com),who focused on fucking up as a VC backed entrepreneur, and explained how the wrong people and wrong sales stopped his business from growing.
And our 4th fuckupper of the evening was Stephen Tucker, Bunting (getbunting.com), who told us how by ‘doing a Sherlock Holmes’ he realised a competitor was running up his costs per month, but this ultimately led to the discovery of his latest business venture. Rounding the evening up with some wise words ‘Sometimes even the worst situation can turn out to be a great business idea’.
All four speakers shared their fuck up and recovery stories, but most importantly the lessons learnt along the way.
Then it was over to the audience, who did not let us down. There were plenty of questions to keep our panel busy and helped us to delve deeper into the messages they had to share.
The evening was brought to a close with some more beer, lots of networking and live music from local musician Tom Welsh. You can listen to some of his music at tomwelshmusic.uk
All in all our first Manchester FUN could not have gone better and we’re already making plans for Volume II, so make sure to keep checking back for details or sign up for the newsletter! Or, if you’d like to join us and share your fuck up story drop us an email at email@example.com
A massive thank you to the people who made the event possible, our event sponsor Balsamiq (balsamiq.com), venue sponsor Twenty Twentytwo (www.twentytwentytwo.co.uk) and all four of our amazing speakers.