Plan Bee is collective Christmas get together organised by Flow Creative and Sneaky Raccoon (aka Anna Mullin), that brings together Manchester’s creative freelancers and small studios to give them a christmas party they wouldn’t otherwise have. This years event was hosted at Flow Creative’s new studio in the Northern Quarters Stevenson Square on the 13th December.
This year marks the third Christmas Plan Bee and the fourth overall with last year’s summer charity fundraiser. The event was created by Flow Creative’s founder Karl Doran and Sneaky Raccoon in 2016 after identifying that while bigger companies have a big Christmas party to go to, freelancers and smaller studios don’t get that opportunity. Plan Bee invites Freelancers and small studios from across Manchester to celebrate the christmas festivities together.
Previous events have been at NQ bar Texture, which closed this year, so this year’s event was held at Flow Creatives new studio in the heart of the Northern Quarter, and they opted for a house party themed event. The event also encouraged those attending to bring a gift that could be donated to The Hits Radio’s Mission Christmas, which collects gifts to give to children between 0-18 who otherwise might wake up without a gift on christmas.
Karl Doran from Flow Creative said – “having worked freelance for a number of years before starting Flow I knew all too well the reality of the solo Christmas party – on my own in my boxers and party hat, wishing myself a happy Christmas and crying into my mulled wine. I got chatting with Sneaks about it and we thought it would be great to put on a Christmas party just for freelancers and small teams to give them a festive celebration to go to. We’re so lucky in Manchester to have an incredible creative community and this event gives them a reason to come together and celebrate. It’s always so good to see lots of familiar and bew faces, and it’s ace to see that it’s become a staple for Manchester’s creative scene.”
This was a great end to a fantastic year and we’d like to thank everyone who made it such an amazing year! If anyone has any pictures of the night we would love to see them, so please send them to us on Twitter (@we_are_flow) or Instagram (@weareflow)