Goodbye to Bling Bee


Those who visited Manchester last Summer will have no doubt noticed the colony of Bee sculptures who had landed in the city - including our very own Bling Bee.

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One of the most spectacular art displays that the city has ever seen, Bee in the City was an exhibition of 100 individually decorated bee sculptures, each celebrating the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene.

And as an iconic venue in the heart of the city, we just knew that it just had to get involved. Proudly sponsoring ‘Bling Bee’, we not only engaged with our traditional visitors to the venue, but also with the wider community who swarmed the forecourt to get their photos with the Bee.

In August, we also hosted a Bee in the City Challenge for local businesses across the city. The ‘bee-seekers’ had just over two hours to take as many selfies with different Bees as they could, with the event raising £2,000 for the We Love Manchester Charity.

Watch the video of the event to hear our CEO Shaun Hinds explain why we were so keen to get involved.

And after she flew off our forecourt, Bling Bee was one of the most popular bees up for grabs at October’s auction, with the sculpture raising a further £20,000 for the charity.

Thanks for the memories Bling Bee – we’ll miss you!


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