Counter-Terrorism Awareness

CityCo and Manchester BID have a unique position at the heart of the city centre, at the intersection of business sectors, public agencies, delivery partners and operational suppliers.

This means we are always in the loop and know who to talk to. We can help you stay up to date with the latest tactical and training knowledge.

ACT Awareness Training

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness training is a compulsory part of 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 training is delivered by NaCTSO/Protect UK and National Protective Security Authority 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 training is supported by Figen Murray OBE. Read more about Figen’s campaigning work and Martyn’s Law on her website.

Training Agenda

  • 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.

Please register each attendee separately.

ACT E-Learning

ACT Awareness online. The E-Learning scheme explains how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do. It takes 45 minutes to complete. Go here.

National Protective Security Authority

Expert advice and research to support counter terrorism and protect the public. Go here.

Protect UK

A platform of resources to support organisations in evaluating and managing risk posed by terrorism. Go here.

Crowded Places Guidance

Advice for varying sectors and scenarios. Go here.

PAcT Kits

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

For more information, please email