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Each month, we will be providing you with the opportunity to get to know our Patrons a little better.

Patrons are a group of individuals and companies united by a determination to give young people in Manchester somewhere safe to go, something positive to do and someone trusted to talk to. Patrons form part of an exclusive group who share the vision to transform the lives of thousands of young people in Manchester.

This month, we want to introduce you to Paul Shannon.


Who is Paul Shannon?

Paul is the Co CEO & Founder at OBT Live and ex CEO of ANS Limited Group. OBT Live, is dedicated to helping businesses unleash the extraordinary power of LiveOps. Their mission is clear: to create hyper-personalised experiences for every user, supercharge revenue growth, and revolutionise customer retention through game-changing interfaces.

OBT Live is on a mission to redefine its boundaries. Its Outside the Box Thinkers are extending the power gamification to other user-centric sectors like media, sports, leisure, and destination retail.

Their team of innovative thinkers is passionate about one thing: creating unrivalled customer engagement. With a commitment to pushing the limits of what LiveOps can achieve, they partner with businesses to bring their vision to life, delivering tailored, innovative solutions that drive growth and leave customers coming back for more.

How do they support Empower Youth Zones?

Paul has been a dedicated longtime supporter of HideOut Youth Zone. After seeing the incredible impact the youth zone was having on local communities as CEO at existing Founder Patron ANS Group Limited he decided to sign up as a Founder Patron in his own name.

A regular attendee at HideOut Youth Zone events and fundraisers, Paul has shown unwavering support for the work we do with children and young people in Manchester.

We are thrilled that Paul has decided to renew his patronage and come on board as a patron of EMPOWER. We are looking forward to working with Paul more closely and continuing to grow our partnership and work together.

Paul recently commented on why it’s so important to invest in the next generation and provide opportunities for them to succeed:

“As a Patron Founder and long-time sponsor of the HideOut Youth Zone, my commitment stems from a genuine belief in the power of investing in our youth. Having come from humble beginnings myself, I understand firsthand how crucial it is to provide opportunities for young people to succeed. It’s more than just a charitable endeavour to me; it’s about ensuring that every young person has the opportunities they deserve to flourish and contribute positively to our community. Witnessing the positive impact of our partnership firsthand reaffirms my pledge to support an initiative that empowers and uplifts the next generation.”