CEO of leading, social-first marketing agency, Social Chain and entrepreneur, Steven Bartlett, has been announced as one of the new inductees to be added to the City of Champions Hall of Fame 2019.

Steven Bartlett is the 27-year-old CEO of Social Chain Group – a leading, social-first marketing agency, that uses owned media, marketing and technology to build social brands. From a bedroom in Manchester, this university dropout built the group’s two flagship companies – Social Chain and Media Chain – when he was just 22 years old.

Steven leads a company of 700+ like-minded individuals who are quickly disrupting the ever-changing social sphere through the creation of pioneering and innovative campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. Social Chain’s impressive client list includes the likes of Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Superdry and Nokia, with their presence now felt in Manchester, London, Berlin, Munich, New York and Bangkok.  Since its onset, the digital publishing house ‘Media Chain’ now owns some of the largest media assets online – reaching over 1.8 billion people a month through a series of online brands.

An award-winning entrepreneur with accolades such as Great British Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Influential Agency Figure 2018, Steven also acts as a speaker, investor and content creator, hosting top charting podcast, ‘The Diary of a CEO’.

The City of Champions gala dinner is a star-studded event that aims to acknowledge and celebrate the success of people in the areas of sport, education and business, who are giving back to the next generation of champions.

Steven will be the second individual to be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame, the first being England Women’s Football Captain Stephanie Houghton. Steven will stand alongside previous inductees including Beth Tweddle MBE, Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Tracey Neville MBE and Sir Chris Hoy.

Organised by Olympian Diane Modahl MBE, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, (DMSF) and Manchester City Council, the evening offers local businesses the chance to rub shoulders and dine with sportsmen and women from a number of fields. The North West-based charity champions young people from disadvantaged areas in the region and aims to help empower them in all areas of life.

Commenting on his induction, Steven said: “I feel truly and deeply honoured to be joining the City of Champions Hall of Fame – it’s somewhat overwhelming to share the accolade with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and David Gill – Both remain lifelong heroes of mine and if I’m completely honest, my love of Man Utd. was part of the reason I moved here and ultimately started my business here.

I feel deeply indebted to Manchester for everything it has done for me. It will always be the home of Social Chain and it will always be home for me. Joining the Gala evening in October is a privilege I’m excited to experience. Thank you!”

Co-founder and CEO of DMSF, Diane Modahl, also commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce, on behalf of the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and the City of Manchester, that Steven Bartlett will be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame in October.

“Steven has vision. He saw social media as something incredibly powerful but undervalued by many, and spotted a niche that Social Chain has very successfully filled. He speaks openly about the true positives and negatives of running a business, including how good judgment will only develop if you truly learn from your mistakes. This lesson to develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices is a powerful one for our young people.

Steven once said: ‘if we can get someone truly inspired, emotion is the bit that happens right before taking an action’. This attitude is at the heart of everything the Foundation does and we are delighted to welcome him to the Hall of Fame.”

The gala will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on 31st October, and will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Will Perry, who is returning for a second year.

The Gala Dinner is an important fundraiser for the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF). The proceeds will directly support young people and their families. DMSF work within the top 20% areas of deprivation, using sport as a vehicle change to build character and develop behaviours that are ultimately transferable throughout their whole lives.

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester said:I’m extremely proud that the city of Manchester are to induct Steven Bartlett into the City of Champions Hall of Fame.  This event recognises and celebrates those individuals whose impact across Greater Manchester has shaped not only our way of lives, but globally.  More importantly their success have provided opportunities that drive not only this wonderful city forward, but their generosity to give back will continue to support the next generation.

“It’s also important to recognise individuals who are just starting on their own journeys, a generation of emerging champions who are coming through and seeking their own opportunity to make a difference.

“The Gala Dinner will be a winner on both fronts – for those at the very top of their fields and those who are just waiting for their chance to be seen and heard.”

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