Issue No.2 of the OBI Journal placed a beloved Manchester design classic, The Express Building, centre-stage. Using old imagery found during renovation, this was the perfect opportunity to create a journal that examined both the past and the present of this icon.

‘What gives Manchester its unique flavour?’ we asked, and several pieces offered some answers – a profile of ten businesses within the city’s most distinctive district, the ever-vibrant Northern Quarter; along with a feature on pop-up food hub Hatch. At the fine dining end of the market, we profiled the new 20 Stories restaurant.

Issue No. 2 also gave us the opportunity to start integrating video content as a way to drum up excitement for the new publication.