ACT Awareness

CityCo and Manchester City Centre BID have a unique position at the heart of the city, 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 help members stay up-to-date with the latest tactical and training knowledge.

ACT Awareness Training

Action Counters Terrorism (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 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 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.

Protect Duty/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. Go here.

National Protective Security Authority

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

Protect UK

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

Publicly Accessible Locations/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 to supply. Go here.

For enquiries, please email