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CityCo members - September Update

We've got some great membership events coming up including CitySessions with Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council and Dame Nancy Rothwell and Rowena Burns; and we're delighted to welcome to our Quays Showcase, Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive of the Lowry. Read on to RSVP.


Membership Events

24 Sept 8.30-10am CitySession: Sir Howard Bernstein Email to register your attendance. Please note the change of time for this event
15 Oct 6-8pm Quays Showcase Register to attend here
28 Oct 6-8pm CitySession: Dame Nancy Rothwell in conversation with Rowena Burns Register to attend here

Invitations will be also sent in due course. We hope to see you there. Our full 2015 calendar can be found here. For queries or topic ideas, please email Janine Holt.


Major City Centre Events

25-27 Sep Buy Art Fair Granada Studios
29 Sep MCR Student Night Out Manchester Arndale & city centre
3-5 Oct One Direction Manchester Arena
4-7 Oct Conservative Party Conference Manchester Central
9-11 Oct Rugby World Cup Fanzone Albert Square
10 Oct England vs Uruguay, Rugby World Cup City of Manchester Stadium
14-18 Oct Disney on Ice – World of Enchantment Manchester Arena
12-24 Oct Mack & Mabel Opera House
12-25 Oct Manchester Literature Festival various venues
22-31 Oct Hairspray Palace Theatre
22 Oct-1 Nov
Manchester Science Festival
7 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On (please note the date change)
14 Nov-22 Dec
Christmas Markets


City Intelligence

City centre footfall, retail sales trends, hotel occupancy stats and our quarterly city centre Performance Report can be found on the members' area of here.

If you need a login please email  

Latest scheduled city centre road closures can be viewed hereFollow @cityco for alerts.



Conservative Party Conference 2015

The Conservative Party Conference will take place at Manchester Central between Sunday 4 October - Wednesday 7 October. 12,000 delegates are expected. Security measures and road closures will be in place which may impact on local businesses and residents. 

On Sunday 4 October the TUC will hold a rally and march in the city centre. It is expected to be attended by over 70,000 people consisting of several different organisations and protest groups. The march will commence with a rally on Oxford Road at 12.30pm. There will be several road closures across the route, so please take care to plan your journey around the area at this time. The march route map can be viewed here

To ensure business continuity, as updates are received they will be posted to our website
here and on twitter @cityco.


MCR Student Night Out

Tuesday 29 September, 4 - 9pm

CityCo is working with Manchester Arndale and UNiDAYS on behalf of the Heart of Manchester BID to host another student shopping night. The 
MCR Student Night Out will be our biggest student event to date, following Vogue Fashion's Night Out and our MCR Student Takeover last autumn.

Students will be able to enjoy a range of over 200 exclusive offers, alongside store events and DJs, entertainment and games spanning Market St, New Cathedral St, Exchange Square, St Ann's Square and King St. Venues in the Northern Quarter and The Printworks are also getting involved for those wishing to party the night away. 
Follow the event at the website or @shopmcr and If you are planning on hosting any promos or events, there's still time to feature in the social media campaign. Please send details to


Manchester Christmas Markets 2015

The Christmas Markets will return to the city from 14 November to 22 December. There will be over 300 stalls across 10 sites, including the main market in Albert Square, French Christmas Market on King Street, Arts and Crafts Market on Exchange Street, craft stalls outside the Corn Exchange and traditional market stalls, family events and attractions on Cathedral Gardens. More information about the locations, opening times and set-up can be found here and keep up to date @MCRMarkets.


From our Members

Visit the new Black Dog NQ
Black Dog Ballroom gets a refurbishment as it celebrates 6 years. CityCo members are invited to visit the new venue on 29 September 2-4pm. RSVP to if you would like to attend.
Manchester Science Festival
22 October - 1 November 

#MSC15 is part laboratory and part playground, with everything from forensic experiments and drone technology, to an adult ball pool and electrifying art installations. Proudly produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, the festival will be hosted at over 40 venues across Greater Manchester. For full programme details visit

Book your Christmas Party at Doubletree by Hilton
Book by 30 September and you will receive a glass of prosecco for each guest at your party, and also a complementary meal for 2 for bookings over 15 people.  The Christmas brochure can be viewed
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If you have any questions about your membership please get in touch.

Rachel Brydon
Membership Manager
0161 838 3263

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