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Podge Lunch Partnership
Unlike Any Other

The first Podge lunch was conceived in 1994. Now, over 21 years later there are five individual lunches, attracting over 1,000 of the most senior decision makers and leaders of the creative, digital, sport and music industries. Each event has been created for a specific sector and open to a highly targeted guest list.

All follow the unique Podge format which has driven the success and longevity of the events: high quality networking in a relaxed environment with great food, good wine, and fantastic company.

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 22 years of Design Podge, 14 years of Digital Podge, 11 years of Sports Podge, 7 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 ae 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 sponsors (because without their help, the lunches just wouldn't be the same). Over time, our sponsors nearly always become partners, often sponsoring multiple events and building strong relationships. In doing so, 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

    AOP Editorial Team of the Year 2014 & 2015, The Drum is the UK’ s most visited marketing new website, providing news, information and jobs for the modern marketing sector.

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    Celebrating over 100 years of unmistakable styling and technological innovation, Maserati's is an international ambassador of Italian excellence.

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    Getty Images

    A picture speaks a thousand words. Getty are the creative industries go to guys, 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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    Integrated CMS, Search, CRM and Marketing Automation solutions for smarter service delivery via the web.

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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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    CSM Live

    Creating and delivering engaging brand and live experiences in sport, retail, business and the public sector, connecting brands with their customers.

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    A team of chartered tax advisers specializing in research and development (R&D) tax credits. They currently advise over 100 companies a month across all sectors, and last year delivered more than £75 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 market leader in real-time unified marketing solutions, helping brands seamlessly integrate their siloed applications and data and across all digital touchpoints.

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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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    Focused on helping digital agencies and their clients find the right managed hosting solutions ideally suited to their unique projects. From online shops, websites and campaigns to apps, platforms and blogs.

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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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    Part of Crowe Howarth International, the eighth-largest association of professional services firms in the world. They provide expert advice in audit, tax and advisory services.

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    KeyStone Law

    Keystone's media lawyers understand both conventional and new media.They can help you exploit new and interesting opportunities, whether these are to be found in conventional or new media or a convergence of the two.



By The Numbers

  • 3%


  • 32

    Ubers Ordered Inebriatedly

  • 75%


  • 22%


  • TWO


  • FIVE

    Children Produced

  • 11,780

    Business Cards Exchanged

  • 3,050

    Glasses of Wine consumed