CityCo is The City Centre Management Company and we manage Manchester’s Business Improvement District. We connect people, projects and ideas, and bring member businesses together with public agencies to support the city centre economy.

As we work our way through another lockdown, we want to make sure that  CityCo members are fully aware that our team is always here to help.

Throughout 2020 we continued working, supporting businesses and our stakeholders across the city centre to minimise the damage caused by the impact of the virus and to help ensure a safe and secure city centre. As always, we had the latest information and advice at our fingertips, and so worked with hundreds of businesses on issues from rough sleeping to grant applications, as they tried to navigate an ever-changing situation. We hope you found our communications, online briefings, security guidance and operational assistance helpful.

As we progress through the 2021 lockdown, we will continue to work with Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester, Marketing Manchester, Manchester Homelessness Partnership, and other bodies, to ensure business interests are represented in city response and planning, and relevant intelligence is shared.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need anything. Our virtual concierge service continues for members, and we’re still the best-placed organisation to find out whatever it is you need to know, and to help you plan for the future.

New retail, hospitality and leisure one-off, top up Grants

The City Council is still waiting for the Government guidance, but as we understand it any business in the retail, hospitality or leisure industry that is legally required to close, which cannot operate effectively remotely, is eligible for a grant. Grants will be paid to eligible businesses at the following rates:

£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

If you have already applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) MCC will use your application to assess your eligibility and make a payment using the bank details provided. If you have not yet applied for a LRSG, apply now.

Do get in touch if you need us

For operational/public realm support, email alex.king@cityco.com
07917 058 412

For queries related to the Business Improvement District, email phil.schulze@cityco.com
07764 977556

For Business Crime Unit support, email rob.dyson@cityco.com
07545 438 214

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