Manchester F&B Network: Security and Resilience

Date & Time
Lunya, Deansgate

CityCo’s Manchester F&B Network brings together food and drinks operators at informal consultation and networking events. The meetings allow businesses to connect with each other and city decision makers, and discuss the priorities and concerns of the sector.

In response to recent events in Manchester and London, our September meeting gave advice on counter terrorism awareness and provided guidance on the training and intelligence available to support F&B operators.

Our panel discussed how businesses can be better prepared for ‘shocks’ in the city and put in place effective business continuity strategies. We also highlighted the latest crime trends affecting the sector; including organised crime, counterfeit currency and credit card fraud. The event was hosted by CityCo Chief Exec, Vaughan Allen.

Our Speakers

Kenneth Upham: Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, Greater Manchester Police

Kenneth focused on counter-terrorism awareness initiatives, Project Griffin and Project Argus. He highlighted the importance of being prepared, and discussed how training can help businesses to develop measures that help them prevent, handle and recover from the threat of a major incident.

To register interest to attend upcoming Griffin training, coordinated by CityCo, email us.

‘Run Hide Tell’ Guidance Video:

Vicky Charles: Interim Public Services Manager, Manchester City Council
Hannah Flint: Modern Slavery Network Coordinator, STOP THE TRAFFIK

Vicky was previously the local authority lead for Programme Challenger, the Greater Manchester approach to tackling organised crime. Hannah works to raise awareness of human trafficking in Greater Manchester; the signs, trends, types and scale of the problem, in a pioneering role funded by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

They discussed the impact of these issues on the sector and the city, and how to address them.

Richard Elliott: City Officer, CityCo
Rob Dyson: Business Crime Manager, CityCo

Richard and Rob work in partnership with businesses, community police, the council and other key agencies, to create a safe and secure city centre. They provided the latest intelligence on crime trends in the city and offered best practice ‘business continuity’ responses to protect your staff, customers and assets.

Next Session

Our F&B Network briefings are recommended for owners, managers and operational staff representing food and drink operators in Manchester city centre. Our January session will look at the recruitment of local talent, work incentives and post-Brexit challenges for the sector.

The network is free to join. To find out more email or call 0161 838 3250.