TV actor & singer Shayne Ward visits Manchester's Intu 'Trafford Centre' as part of's consumer roadshow.

Singer, actor and Mancunian star Shayne Ward made an appearance at the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester at the weekend  to call upon local residents to support independent businesses in the area.

In a live Q&A Shayne discussed the need to embrace small business in Manchester, outlining what residents can do to help support local trades and in addition, championing his own favourite independent businesses.

The appearance was part of a pop-up event by and marked the seventh stop on a nation-wide tour to encourage the British public to discover and support the great local businesses in their area.

An X-Factor winner turned TV actor, Shayne Ward is one of Manchester’s many famous exports. Having risen to fame after winning the 2nd series of The X-Factor back in 2005, Shayne is now one of soaps’ most recognisable faces, appearing on Coronation Street for 3 years from 2015 until earlier this year.

Shayne said: “There’s such large and rich variety of things on offer from local businesses in Manchester, I love that we’re putting the focus on them with today’s event. One of the things I love the most about the city is how you can discover something new around every corner and it was great to chat with the people of Manchester today. Hopefully I’ve helped point them in the direction of some of the real hidden gems in the city”.

The pop-up stand also featured the ‘Just Yell’ booth where shoppers were invited to take part in an exciting competition to see who can yell the loudest out of the people of Manchester, with the chance to win an Amazon Echo worth £89.99. There was also a prize draw for the chance to win a range of fun experiences designed to make you Yell, plus a grand prize of £10,000. also conducted research into the consumer behaviour of those who live in Manchester. The findings revealed that residents of Manchester are actually the most likely in the whole of the UK to search online for hiring function rooms. Suggesting that the people of Manchester might be the biggest party organisers in the whole of the UK, residents of the city were found to be 3 times more likely than those in any other area of the UK to search online for the service.

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