AWARD 2019



Mace, the international consultancy and construction company, is Project Manager on Contact’s capital redevelopment project which began in March 2018. As building delays led to an increased fundraising target, Mace volunteered to raise money for Contact by organising a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge; 25 miles, 3 mountains and a hike between each, to be completed in under 12 hours. A fundraising page was set up and the team raised more than £7,700 with an additional £5,000 donation from the Mace Foundation. This is the first time that Mace UK North has supported an arts organisation and Contact has nominated them for the Prize to thank them for so generously extending their client/project manager relationship to commit at a personal and organisational level to support the capital redevelopment. Contact believe that this partnership demonstrates how it is possible to make a difference without a huge sponsorship budget and hope it will inspire other businesses to support cultural organisations for the first time.

Contact is where young people change their lives through the arts, and audiences of all ages experience exciting new work. Based in Manchester, Contact is a vibrant, professional, contemporary theatre and arts venue, with young people driving every aspect of its work. Contact is recognised nationally and internationally as a game-changer in the field of youth leadership and creativity. Working with the young people of Greater Manchester and with local, national and international artists the company creates new models of arts engagement – fostering new talent, building skills and ambition – and creating important new productions that tour nationally. Young people work alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme, making staff appointments and act as full Board members. This model is seen as a national exemplar of best practice in relation to young people and diversity, influencing organisations nationwide. Contact closed its doors in 2018 for a major building redevelopment. During this time, the company is presenting a diverse programme of performances taking place in partner venues, festivals and unexpected spaces. In 2020 Contact will re-open with new performance spaces, a new recording studio for young people, an arts and health space, new offices for artists and cultural organisations to hire and work alongside Contact staff, and a new café/bar.  


Matt Fenton, Chief Executive/Artistic Director, Contact:

“We are delighted that our partnership with Mace has been shortlisted for the 2019 Corporate Award. As Project Manager, they are helping us to build a new home for the next generation of artists, audiences and creative leaders. Although we have raised over £6.5m, the final phase of the fundraising campaign is a challenge. Mace’s generous support not only boosted our fundraising, it boosted our morale and raised our public profile at a critical point in the project”.

Colin Harvey, Director, Mace UK North:

“The idea for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge developed from a genuine eagerness to help Contact at a key stage in their building project. The whole Mace office really got behind the idea and found different ways to raise funds to support the event. It was a tough day but I’m proud of what we achieved as a team and glad it will support Contact to continue its work with young people. It is wonderful that the Achates Prize has chosen to shortlist Mace for this Award”.