About CityCo

Manchester is second most visited city in England, attracting 40 million customers to the retail district every year. We have a 100,000 strong student population. £3 billion worth of major new property sites are under construction and £300 million worth of cultural projects are in process. £1.85 billlion is allocated to transport improvements over the next five years, including the transformation of Manchester Airport.

Every success has a story to tell: and CityCo and its sister organisation Manchester BID are part of the picture.

We are the city centre management company and run the city’s Business Improvement District. We bring together private and public-sector organisations to support growth and create a vibrant, resilient city. We work with companies across all sectors, sizes and locations and our network includes head offices, SMEs, banks, hotels, property developers, architects, retailers, universities, restaurants, theatres and more.

We are a small, passionate team, reporting to a Board of business, civic and cultural leaders.

We offer a range of Business Services to our membership.

Operational Support
Help to address challenges that impact on day-to-day business operations such as environmental issues, street cleansing, litter, road closures, business security, anti-social behaviour, helping rough sleepers into accommodation, lobbying for support around homelessness

Urban-Resilience Training
Access to best-practice, urban-resilience training including table-top workshops to help respond to acute shocks such as terrorism, protests, fire, city disruption, as well as longer-term issues

City Forums and Lobbying
Access to and representation at partnership groups including the City Centre Ward Coordination Meeting, Greengate and Embankment Action Group, Integrated Neighbourhood Management Meeting, Manchester Homelessness Partnership Board, Nature’s Quarter (Formally Northern Quarter Small Business Forum), Oxford Road Security and Environmental Action Group, Petersfield Operations Group, Piccadilly Basin Action Group, TfGM Transport Group, Village Action Forum, Water Safety Partnership Board

Business Crime Reduction Partnership
Access to the BCRP, Manchester’s partnership between CityCo, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council that tackles business crime and offers a secure day/night radio network, security reporting, training and intelligence alerts to help manage operations

Business Training
Invite to workshops including first aid at work, water-safety awareness, Big Change MCR and the Manchester homelessness partnership, counter-terrorism awareness training in partnership with North West Counter-Terrorism Unit

Business Briefings
Invite to meetings, briefings and consultation events given by public authorities including Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council

City Intelligence
Access to crisis communication alerts, protest and major event communications, as well as city data including footfall and sales trends, property, hotel developments and road closures

Corporate Events
Invite to CityCo’s annual programme of information and networking events including the Annual Members Lunch, CitySessions, CityTours, Sector/Group Private Lunches and Dinners

The PA Network
Invite to showcase company corporate hospitality to CityCo’s strong network of event bookers, PAs and executive assistants

CityCo Event & Meeting Spaces
Spaces to hire in Lloyds House (The Shipping Office, The Cotton Room and The Sorting Office). A unique heritage venue for meetings, events, presentations and workshops. 10% discount for CityCo members

Our work takes us across Manchester’s central neighourhoods: NOMA, Medieval Quarter, Greengate, New Bailey, Northern Quarter, Piccadilly, The Gay Village, Oxford Road Corridor, First Street, Petersfield, Castlefield, Chinatown, Civic Quarter, St John’s, Spinningfields and Central Retail District.