Industry Update: 2 December

Last chance to register:  What’s next for UK tourism? In Conversation with Nigel Huddleston MP, tomorrow

Marketing Manchester continues its In Conversation series with a very special guest, Nigel Huddleston MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

As a former head of Google Travel, Nigel was appointed to his Parliamentary role in February 2020 with invaluable first-hand experience of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector.

He will join Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester tomorrow (11:00-11:30) for a discussion about the future of UK tourism, the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and Greater Manchester’s recently launched Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Support and Recovery Plan.

To register, please click here.

Greater Manchester returns to tier three restrictions

As you will know, today Greater Manchester has returned to tier three restrictions. Whilst this is very disappointing news for our tourism, hospitality and leisure sector, it is also important to note that tier three is now somewhat tougher than it was previously, and we have outlined the guidance here that you should now familiarise yourself with.

Here at Marketing Manchester and across our parent organisation, the Growth Company, we understand that it is more important than ever that businesses within the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector have access to support services and practical advice.

Therefore if you, or a business that you work with, need such support we encourage you to visit and make use of our Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub that outlines all the support available. From the hub you can also access Business Growth Hub’s Business Support Service which offers a full suite of advice and signposting for things like access to grants, as well as the Tourism and Hospitality Talent Hub which can help you or your employees with skills, training and recruitment.

If you have specific questions that cannot be answered via our Tourism Hospitality Support Hub you can email and someone in the team will come back to you.

Tier positions will be reviewed every 14 days based on five criteria: case numbers across all age groups, cases in those aged over 60, the rate of rise or fall in infections, the percentage of those tested who have the virus, and current and projected pressures on the NHS locally. This means that the next opportunity to shift into tier three will be on 16 December and we must now all do as much as we can collectively, to help Greater Manchester improve across those five criteria.

Register: Acas and Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter webinar, Thursday 3 December

For employers in the hospitality sector, it is an incredibly challenging time on many fronts. While furlough may seem on the surface to be a simple fix, Acas and the GM Good Employment Charter recognise that furlough is not free for employers – and for those making these tough decisions, it may be difficult to find the balance between seeking immediate solutions and considering the potential long-term impact.

Furlough may be the right move for your business, but if it’s not, what are the other options available and what risks do they carry?

In this webinar session, Acas Senior Advisor and Trainer Helen Robinson, along with Adam Haines, Employment Law Partner at Aaron and Partners Solicitors, will support employers through this decision-making process by providing information, advice, and answering any questions you may have.

To register, please click here.

Register: Greater Manchester Night Time Economy Employee Support webinar, Tuesday 8 December

The Greater Manchester Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord and the team at the GMCA are keen to continuously work with and support individuals working within the hospitality and night time economy sector, especially those in need of support in light of the challenges caused by Covid-19.

Working with Greater Manchester colleagues from the Growth Company, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Health and Social Care Partnership, this webinar session is for employees within the sector focussed on employment, financial and mental health support.

To register please click here.

In case you missed it: Marketing Manchester and Manchester Central partner up for Conference News Government Edition

With Greater Manchester’s business tourism sector worth £826 million to our local economy each year, the sector has been decimated by Covid-19 but has the power to lead the region’s economic recovery.

The latest edition of Conference News, the UK’s leading magazine for the business events sector, has been written specifically with MPs in Westminster and the devolved administrations in mind, firmly setting out a case to help them understand and appreciate the value of the sector as we build back post-Covid. The edition has been posted to 950 politicians in the UK along with its usual database of readers and subscribers across the sector.

The edition features a two-page spread on Greater Manchester’s approach to recovery, with input from Marketing Manchester and Manchester Central.

To read the edition, please click here.

Partner and industry news

Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub has been available to ensure that tourism and hospitality businesses are given the most up to date information including reopening standards and guidance.

In addition, our colleagues in the Business Growth Hub have launched a new suite of support services specifically aimed at tourism and hospitality businesses who need practical advice at this current time. Anyone who needs specific and detailed support should  contact:

If you apply for a Local Restriction Support Grant and are in the tourism, hospitality or leisure sector, you may be eligible for an additional grant for the period when Manchester was under extra restrictions. You can find out more via the Business Growth Hub, or from your local authority.