Manchester City Centre: Counter-Terrorism Guidance

CityCo advises member businesses and Manchester BID levy payers to keep up-to-date with latest operational and security guidance.

For bespoke advice and tabletop scenario training around operational and resilience planning, please email

ACT Awareness Training: In Person

ACT (Action-Counters-Terrorism) Awareness Training is part of Manchester City Council’s commitment to the principles of ‘Martyn’s Law’ post the devastating 2017 Manchester Arena attack.

It is delivered by NaCTSO & CPNI-trained Counter Terrorism Security Advisors and is designed to raise vigilance of the current terrorist threat to the UK and provide businesses with protective advice and guidance.

The aim is to provide an understanding of how to deny, detect and deter hostile activity and how to protect people and organisations during a major incident.

The training is hosted by CityCo with partners Counter Terrorism Policing North West (CTPNW), Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council Licensing.

The sessions are kindly attended by Figen Murray OBE who introduces the importance of the training and explains Martyn’s Law.

For more information about Figen’s campaigning work do visit

ACT Awareness Training contents:

  • An 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

This training is for:

  • Venue Managers
  • General Managers
  • Assistant GMs
  • Operations Managers
  • Bar Managers

Businesses will receive acknowledgement of attendance on any licences, and certification.

Scheduled dates are here

CityCo, BID and Hospitality networks will receive direct invitations to these events in order to register.

To update any contact details to receive invites, please email

ACT Awareness Training: Online 

There is also the option to take e-training. The course explains how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do.

Details and booking:

NaCTSO: Crowded Places Guidance

National Counter Terrorism Security Office guidance on increasing the protection of crowded places from a terrorist attack.

NaCTSO: Marauding Terrorist Attack 

National Counter Terrorism Security Office guidance on responding to a marauding terrorist attack.

CNPI: Protecting Buildings and Infrastructure

Centre for National Protection of Infrastructure guidance on how to implement perimeter security measures and identify what is needed.

CNPI: SCaN (See, Check and Notify)

Centre for National Protection of Infrastructure ScAN awareness, training and resource products.

See-Check-and-Notify- PDF 

Film Resources

Run Hide Tell: Firearms and Weapons Attack: Government Advice Film

Eyes Wide Open: CNPI Advice Film