CityCo Members: September Update

5th Sep 2017

Big Change MCR: Share the message and volunteer

Big Change MCR launched last year to share ways people can help the homeless and rough sleepers in Manchester.

The central message is ‘Give Differently’. Instead of direct donations on the street, Big Change is about helping individuals build independent lives away from the streets by offering practical services, items and money to pay for things that are needed. For example a deposit for a home, a training course, clothes for a job interview, furnishing for a new flat, or travel costs.

£112,000 has been raised so far, with £62,000 distributed and 418 individuals helped.

Promotional Film: Manchester creative agency Dinosaur has produced a short film to highlight the ways to support Big Change. The video is voiced by Elbow front man Guy Garvey.

Watch and share

New Posters: A new poster set illustrates how donations are being spent to help people. Please do share the Big Change campaign message with your staff teams.


Volunteer: Help is needed at the many charities and organisations working daily to support homeless people in Manchester.

Apply here

Keep an eye on ITV this week, when Big Change co-chairs Eleanor Watts and Mooch Ashley will be discussing the campaign on Granada Reports.

@streetsupportUK  #BigChangeMCR

Market Street Clean Up: Volunteers needed!

Following our deep-clean of Piccadilly Approach with partners Biffa, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Street Support, CityCo is coordinating another day of action on 20th September around Piccadilly Gardens, New York Street and Market Street.

Please consider how you could use this opportunity to support your CSR initiatives. We had great teams in June from members Bruntwood, Abode, Malmaison and Manchester Arndale. Tasks will include litter picking, clearing and cleaning of tree pits, planters, lamp posts and street furniture.

Our series of clean ups support the city’s Our Manchester strategy and will rotate around the city centre over the next few months. Watch the City Council film of the initiative here.

Sign up a team

Cottonmouth MCR: Salford Spotlight

Our Cottonmouth Manchester podcast series continues. Listen to new episodes on Manchester’s design industry with renowned illustrators Stan Chow and Barney Ibbotson, a discussion about retail in the city with Costa Coffee and Kiehls – and an interview with Salford’s City Mayor Paul Dennett.

Paul talks about what he does, the inspiration he finds in the people of Salford, his role in Andy Burnham’s cabinet, the issue of homelessness and the need for developers and companies investing in the city to give back.

Coming soon: chats with Manchester Art Gallery cafe’s new chef and former Aumbry owner Mary Ellen McTague, Director of Manchester Museum Nick Merriman and MMU’s External Affairs adviser, Michael Taylor.

Download on your podcast app or stream on our Podcasts page

Membership Events & Networks

CitySession: Manchester – An International City
Tuesday 12 September
8-10am, The Bridgewater Hall 

Be quick to sign-up for the last few places at our next networking event. The #citysession will debate what makes Manchester an international city. Our panel:

Stewart Davies, Director of Operations, GG Hospitality (Hotel Football & Stock Exchange)
Jane Sharrocks, General Manager Selfridges and Chair of Manchester BID
Sheona Southern, Managing Director, Marketing Manchester
Rhys Whalley, Executive Director, Manchester China Forum

The event will be chaired by Kevin Feddy, Kevin Feddy Media (previously Manchester Evening News Business Editor).


First Aid Training

Emergency First Aid at Work Friday
20 October & Friday 24 November
9.30-4.30pm, CityCo Office

Staff teams can learn the role of a first-aider including recording incidents, using equipment, administering aid and treating minor injuries, using an AED and acting safely and promptly.

Book now for 20 October course
Book now for 24 November course

City Centre Events Overview: September

9th: Manchester City v Liverpool, Etihad Stadium
9th: We Are Manchester Concert, Manchester Arena
16th: John Legend, Manchester Arena
17th: Manchester United v FC Basel, Old Trafford
20th: Manchester United v Everton, Old Trafford
23rd: Manchester United v Burton Albion, Old Trafford
23rd: World Championship Boxing: Parker v Fury, Manchester Arena
25th: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Manchester Arena
26th: MCR Student Social, shopping district
26th: Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Etihad Stadium
26th: Manchester City v Shaktar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium
28th – 9th Oct: Manchester Food and Drink Festival
30th: Manchester United v Crystal Palace, Old Trafford
30th: Giants Live: The Official World’s Strongest Man Tour Finals, Manchester Arena

The Christmas Markets will open 10th November – 20th December. The Albert Square site will close at 6pm on 21st December.

Manchester BID

Halloween in the City – Be part of it 

Manchester BID celebrations in partnership with Visit Manchester will promote what’s on across the city and we’ll be staging themed street events over our ‘Halloweekend’: 28-29 October. Join in to benefit from the PR:

Go green for Halloween: light up your building
• Enter the Best Dressed Window Competition
• Enter the Best Dressed Team Competition
• Enter the Best Store Event Competition
• Create an inside/POS Halloween display
Use the Halloween in the City branding and signage
• Promote products and activities online and via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, e-shots to customers, POS
• Tag in the campaign channels: F/halloweenMCR   T@halloweenMCR   I/halloweenMCR

Download an information pack

City centre footfall and sales reports

Monitor monthly footfall, weekly footfall and weekly sales trends here

From our Members

Christmas in Manchester

The City Council is offering members a festive marketing package which includes coverage at the Albert Square Christmas Lights Switch On and Cathedral Gardens Ice Rink. The switch on, in partnership with Key 103, features music acts, celebrity appearances and fireworks and attracts an audience of families, adult groups and students.

£3,500 advertising package:

• Ad board on the Manchester Ice Rink, in situ for 2 months (attended by 50,000 in 2016)
• Logo on digital screens in Albert Square (attended by 15,000 in 2016)
• Social media coverage via City Council and Key 103 channels (170,000+ Facebook followers)
• Logo on as a festive partner

Book now

The Lowry: Charity Art Auction 

This Autumn The Lowry theatre is excited to host the debut of Acosta Danza, the company of the iconic and internationally acclaimed dancer Carlos Acosta.

CityCo members are invited to bid to own a stunning triptych of framed photographs of Acosta by world renowned photographer Nadav Kander. Money raised will go to the Lowry Centre Trust. Nadav has produced portraits of many famous faces including Barack Obama and had New York Times and Time magazine covers.

More info and how to bid

Invite: Exercise Sherman – Emergency Planning Workshop

Tuesday 19 September 
9am – 1.30pm, The Bridgewater Hall

Join Manchester Business Community Forum and Greater Manchester Police for a seminar on emergency planning. The session will run a facilitated incident management exercise that will test your company’s response to a major emergency, identifying current crisis management, security and business continuity arrangements.

Whilst not linked to any specific threat intelligence, it is another opportunity to make sure Manchester is in the best possible position, should another terrorist incident happen.


To enquire about CityCo membership please email us.