Manchester has been hailed as the Northern Powerhouse, with a rich cultural history spanning from its original roots as a Roman fort, to the industrial boom that urbanised the city, followed by the creation of its infamous ship canal and the world's first inter-city passenger railway station. The city is famed for its architecture, vibrant culture, prolific musical scene, for its media hub, scientific and engineering output, social impact, and not forgetting its world-renowned sports clubs.
Here are our top five reasons why you should consider Manchester for your next association event location…
1. Specialist city in a number of industries
Branded with the impressive title of ‘City of Innovation’, Manchester has particular strengths in three cutting-edge sectors:
- Life Sciences - With leading European research taking place at the Manchester Universities Hospital and The Christie Cancer Centre)
- Creative, Digital and Technology - Manchester is home to MediaCity and the Northern Quarter, both of which are hubs for broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, top media agencies and other creatives.
- Advanced Manufacturing - Utilising the city's strong historical links within the industry, the likes of Kellogg’s, P&G, Unilever, Hitachi, Thales and Siemens opt to house their headquarters in Manchester.
Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK, with an abundance of easy to navigate transport links. These include the metro, extensive bus routes, four major railway stations (on top of the smaller local stations), the international airport, and not forgetting the likes of Uber and other taxi firms for those speedy door-to-door connections. Given its geographical location, Manchester is the perfect city to host, being central to your members from across the UK.
When catering for a large number of people, ensuring your guests will have somewhere to stay is vital. There is an abundance of accommodation in and around the city centre, and unlike the capital, it won’t burn a huge hole in your budget (or put-off your guests if it’s them forking the bill). Even better, some venues will offer a package of guest bedrooms and high-end catering alongside the event space, meaning you’ll be able to offer your members an all-inclusive experience.
Manchester is well known to be a vibrant city, with a buzzing array of cool and quirky coffee shops, cocktail bars and restaurants to choose from. From the offbeat Northern Quarter, the sophistication of Spinningfields, the recent trendy development of Deansgate with Home and surrounding gems, the bustling creative hub of MediaCity and the leafy suburbs of Chorlton and Didsbury with their many independent businesses, your guests really will be spoilt for choice when making the most of breaks to explore this fantastic city.
5. Unique venues
Wanting to make an impact with your next event? Stand out from the crowd by choosing a unique venue such as the world-famous Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire Cricket. Impress your guests by hosting in a room overlooking the pitch, a treat in itself for those hardcore sports fans out there! The luxury of an on-site hotel means your guests can enjoy an extended stay.
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