CityCo and the Manchester BID run high-profile networking events and flagship public events to bring people into the city. We support Manchester’s major festivals and through our district forums and working groups, we help members to have their opinion heard and shape what happens here.

Manchester F&B Network

The Food and Beverage (F&B) industry is vital to the economy and identity of Manchester and CityCo and the Manchester BID are committed to supporting its growth and influence.

Our Manchester F&B Network brings together city centre operators at informal consultation and networking briefings. The meetings allow businesses to connect with each other and city decision makers, and discuss the priorities and concerns of the food and drink sector.

Aims of the network

  • To facilitate better channels of communication between F&B services, agencies and city partners
  • To establish priorities of the industry through regular consultation
  • To coordinate opportunities for industry networking
  • To provide a coherent and influential voice for the industry a local and national government level
  • To affect positive change for the industry

In 2017 we started by addressing the issues of rough-sleeping and criminal activity and how F&B venues can best prepare and respond, with the advice of city authorities including GMP and Manchester City Council. We then discussed the importance of counter-terrorism awareness training (Project Griffin) among the F&B community.

This year we began with a look at industry Talent, Training and Recruitment, especially in light of post-Brexit challenges.

Coming up: networking at The Northern Restaurant & Bar Show followed by June and September briefings.

The network is FREE to join and if you’re an operator in Manchester, we want to hear from you.

We’re keen to be as reflective of the sector as possible so let us know the issues that are affecting your business and we’ll look at how we can programme our briefings around the topics that matter.

To sign-up and share your ideas, please email Janine.