ACT Awareness Training

ACT Awareness Training is encouraged for all businesses operating a licensed premises in Manchester city centre. This is part of the city’s commitment public safety, following the 2017 Arena attack.

The training is facilitated by CityCo in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, North West Counter Terrorism Unit, and Manchester City Council.

The session is delivered by NaCTSO/Protect UK and National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) trained advisors. It is designed to raise vigilance of the current terrorist threat to the UK, and provide businesses with protective advice and guidance.

The initiative is supported by Figen Murray OBE. Read more about Figen’s campaigning work and Martyn’s Law on her website.

Training Content:

  • Introduction to Counter-Terrorism
  • Current Threat in the UK
  • Identifying and Responding to Suspicious Behaviour
  • Identifying and Dealing with Suspicious Items
  • Responding to a Firearms or Weapons Attack

The training is for Venue Managers, Assistant GMs, Operations Managers, Bar Managers, Front of House staff.

Martyn’s Law

For more on Martyn’s Law, including the draft legislation, explanatory notes, as well as draft templates and guidance, go here.

Follow legislation announcements via Figen Murray OBE on her website

ACT E-Learning

ACT Awareness online. The E-Learning scheme takes 45 minutes to complete. More Information

National Protective Security Authority (NPSA)

Expert advice and research to support counter terrorism and protect the public. More Information

Protect UK

Platform of resources to support organisations in evaluating and managing risk posed by terrorism. More Information

Publicly Accessible Locations/Crowded Places Guidance

Advice for varying sectors and scenarios. More Information

Public Access Trauma Kits (PAcT)

If your business is looking to keep trauma kits on site, CityCo has partnered with local supplier Steroplast to supply. More Information

For enquiries, please email