Manchester Central expands its catering offer

Manchester Central expands its catering offer

Manchester Central expands its catering offer Manchester Central has unveiled its new state-of-the-art kitchen; allowing the award-winning venue to cater for more guests, explore innovative menu concepts and provide their clients and visitors with a culinary experience like no other. The new open plan layout, which increases floor space by 20% and production capacity by 50%, ensures the most efficient flow from food delivery to service, guaranteeing freshness and quality. This, coupled with investment in the latest culinary equipment will see the venue produce 95% of its menu items in-house, allowing catering for each and every event to be tailored to suit individual requirements. A new Urban Cultivator, or ‘indoor garden’ means that the team can now grow micro lettuces, herbs and edible flowers to use throughout their extensive range of dishes. Already committed to sustainability, this new addition to the kitchen supports the venue’s pledge to source locally wherever possible. Matthew Hagan, Executive Chef at Manchester Central, said: “Food is such an important part of any event and I’m incredibly excited to start cooking in our newly renovated kitchen. There’s no doubt that our facilities are amongst some of the best in the North West and we’re looking forward to showcasing our enhanced hospitality offer to our guests”. Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “Clients regularly comment on the quality of our hospitality offer and we’re always looking at ways in which we can make it even better.  By investing in our kitchen, clients with events big and small can be assured that their delegates will be served with exceptional food and have an unbeatable experience”. Manchester...
University Place celebrates 10 years

University Place celebrates 10 years

The University of Manchester’s University Place celebrates 10 years of hosting conferences The University of Manchester’s flagship conference venue, University Place, celebrated last month its 10th anniversary of hosting national and international conferences. The celebrations were marked publicly on the 4th July with a birthday cake and cupcakes on the first evening of the  British Society of Gerontology’s 47th Annual Conference. The Lord Mayor of Manchester June Hitchen was a guest and together with Debora Price, the President of the Society, helped cut the cake to mark the occasion watched by around 450 delegates. Jane Pinder, Events Manager for the University commented “We were delighted that the British Society of Gerontology were happy to be part of our anniversary celebrations as their conference took place in the same week that we hosted our first conference for Manchester City Council back in 2008. Over the past 10 years, University Place has become a very important venue for our own academics who want to showcase their work through being able to host conferences for societies and associations they are members of, and the venue is also an important asset to the city’s conference portfolio. In the past 10 years, thousands of delegates have attended conferences here, our largest being the IUAES conference in 2013 where we hosted around 1500 delegates, and we are looking forward to celebrating the continued success of University Place in the next 10 years”. For further information please contact Jane James at The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues team on 0161 275 2284 or email jane.james@manchester.ac.uk, or visit www.conference.manchester.ac.uk Photograph courtesy of Mark Epstein Website address...
Manchester to welcome the European Hernia Society in 2022

Manchester to welcome the European Hernia Society in 2022

Manchester to welcome the European Hernia Society in 2022 The European Hernia Society have announced that their 2022 annual congress will be held in Manchester. Taking place at Manchester Central, the congress with attract over 1000 visitors from 24 different countries and is the first time that the event will be held in England in over 20 years. The society is a non-profit making international scientific forum that devotes itself to improving patient care in the field of hernia surgery. Mr Aali Sheen, a Consultant Surgeon and Honoury Professor of Surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary, has worked along side ‘Team Manchester’ on the hard-fought bid. Mr Sheen said “I am very excited about bringing this event to Manchester and looking forward to showing our visitors what a great city this is – thank you to the teams at Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester who have made this possible.” The winning bid was in part due to the continued collaborative approach between Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester and is another great example of their successful partnership, as well as the strong local academic community here in Manchester. Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester, said: “We are pleased our partnership with Manchester Central has resulted in a successful bid to host the European Hernia Society, and we look forward to welcoming esteemed delegates from around the world in 2022. “Manchester’s proud history of healthcare innovation, combined with world-class facilities and a fantastic tourism and culture offer allows us to attract the world’s leading scientific minds to meet in our city and discuss advancements in their field.” The decision to bring the...
Friends’ Meeting House Manchester Scores Silver for Sustainability

Friends’ Meeting House Manchester Scores Silver for Sustainability

Manchester conference venue, Friends’ Meeting House, has achieved silver in the Green Tourism Award, becoming one of only 20 award holders within the Greater Manchester area. Green Tourism is a certification programme which offers trustworthy, independent guidance to businesses wishing to operate sustainably.  Awarded to organisations conducting work responsibly, ethically, and who support the local area, Friends’ Meeting House scored well across the majority of areas of the assessment, achieving an overall 65%. The venue scored particularly highly within categories including Social Responsibility, Energy Saving, Waste Minimisation and Procurement. For the venue, the accreditation is an extremely valuable award. Sarah Donaldson, EO of Friends’ Meeting House, explained that the award ‘recognises that our business shares its environmental values with our staff and customers. That’s really important to us, because we want everyone to understand the urgent challenge of climate change and the need for development to be sustainable for everyone.’ As a Quaker owned business, sustainability is integral to the values of the venue. ‘We are an ethical business,’ stated Donaldson, ‘We seek to promote Quaker values while providing excellent customer service.’ Donaldson explained some of the policies used throughout many areas of the business to ensure sustainability, ‘We are a Living Wage employer, we are clear and transparent in our pricing and services, and we try to use local and ethical suppliers.’ At a time where consumers are increasingly concerned about environmental issues, the award defines the organisation as a leading example of how business can work towards sustainability. Donaldson commented, ‘When everyone sees our award it will help them understand that a business can be successful while...
6 Months at the Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

6 Months at the Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

6 MONTHS AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN EMIRATES OLD TRAFFORD Business and leisure guests have now been enjoying the Hilton Garden Inn at Emirates Old Trafford for six months. The four-star hotel, which famously celebrated its opening at the home of Lancashire Cricket Club last September with outdoor beds, helps to serve the growing numbers of business and leisure visitors in Manchester. In the first four weeks of business, the team had accelerated sales and revenues to the level that would have been expected for the third and fourth months of trading. By the end of November, the four-star hotel had taken over 10,500 room bookings and welcomed even more customers – including some internationally famous faces, such as leading politicians and sports personalities. So far in 2018, Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford has achieved all of its room targets for ‘quarter one’ by 2nd March. The team, which now boasts over 50 members of staff, has already laundered 154,637 sheets, pulled 18,500 pints of beer and served up more than 2,900 Gin & Tonics and 1,600 of its delicious signature Mobley Burgers. So, what makes the hotel such a success? Bedrooms The accommodation perfectly complements the impressive conference, event and hospitality facilities already on-site, offering 150-bedrooms, 85 of which are pitch-facing, and there are 80 with balconies, boasting stunning views over one of cricket’s best known venues – adding to the superb hospitality offering for concerts, Lancashire Cricket and England fixtures. The bedrooms are suitably designed for any guest, including fully accessible spaces and adjoining doors for families. There’s a 40-inch HDTV, crisp white bedding, functional work space, ergonomic...
New Year & Valentine Day Wedding Proposals to Finding a Venue

New Year & Valentine Day Wedding Proposals to Finding a Venue

Christmas in a Manchester restaurant, the dessert has just been served, and a man drops to his knee by the side of his partner and pulls out a ring. Its a wedding proposal and he asks the inevitable big question, ‘will you marry me?’ (Fortunately it’s a yes!) and there’s a cheer from the surrounding tables. So, with the New Year comes optimism for a better 2018 and a fond farewell to 2017. Valentine’s Day (14th February) is just around the corner. So it’s a popular time of year where people get romantic and pop the question. On the basis all goes well, the hard bits done. But then comes planning the wedding day, and generally first on the agenda is the venue. To make the choice easier, Unique Venues of Manchester has an amazing range of venues. From traditional and iconic, to modern and contemporary spaces. The venues can help organise and host your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast or the evening reception (or all of the above). They may be able to suggest and recommend suppliers from photographers, cars, florists to wedding planners. There will definitely be lots of planning and lots of decisions to make. So whether you decide its Lily, Lavender or Lotus Flowers for the table centres; Pimms, Prosecco or Peroni for the drinks reception; or Turkey, Trout or Tofu for the main course, Unique Venues of Manchester venues are sure to provide you with a spectacular day! How to Search: Use the ‘Our Venues’ search option. Select ‘Wedding Reception’ from the drop down event type list. The view will change to show which venues...