Boasting over 23,000m² of space, with a capacity of over 10,000, Manchester Central prides itself on being one of the UK’s largest and most versatile event venues, and hosts a vast array of both small and large-scale events. With a history spanning over 140 years, the well-known and prestigious building has adapted to the needs of its occupants decade after decade, and it continues to do so today.

Manchester being named an international destination of choice in 2023 by several travel, tourism and cultural publications makes it the perfect city to bring people together. What’s more, Manchester Central’s location is just that – central. Just a few minutes walking distance from several tram stops, as well as the city’s four train stations, the venue can be accessed easily from all corners of the country.

It offers everything an event could need from a venue, all under one roof, from outstanding customer service to in-house catering, and its team of events experts is always on hand to help organisers and guests, every step of the way.

Making events run smoothly

The team at Manchester Central has garnered a reputation for going above and beyond for both event organisers and attendees; on hand to support with planning from day one right through to show-open, taking the pressure off and ensuring everyone has an unforgettable experience.

What’s more, the venue is incredibly proud to offer its outstanding in-house catering service, which designs hand-crafted and mouth-watering meals, buffets, and refreshments using sustainable and locally sourced produce. In a progressive move to drive its sustainability agenda, the venue made the decision to reduce red meat options by 52% through the introduction of plant-based dishes. A move that led to its vegan and vegetarian dishes being accredited by The Vegetarian Society’s approved trademarks.

Matt Hagan, executive chef at Manchester Central, said: “My two favourite aspects of the job are creating exciting catering options for both new and existing clients and connecting with our local suppliers who, I believe, provide some of the best fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat available within the UK.”

Manchester Central lighting up Manchester’s skyline
(Image: Andy Mallins)

Sustainability and the future of events

In 2022, Manchester Central partnered with an industry trade publication, to delve into the evolving roles of sustainability in event strategy, uncover best practice examples and explore how the sector can collectively make a difference moving forward. The project resulted in the production of the whitepaper, ‘Shaping a Sustainable Future’, which highlights key findings from the research and sets out a roadmap for change.

Earlier this year, Manchester Central became the first major events venue of its kind to launch an initiative to help reduce and rebalance the carbon footprint of staff members by planting 13 trees per month for each member of the team, and by further educating the workforce and strengthening the sustainability culture at Manchester Central.

Committed to achieving its sustainability pledges by 2030, the venue has developed a roadmap of targets, including further improving waste management and reducing utility usage. It will also be promoting the initiative to clients and service providers to encourage others to commit to reducing their own carbon footprints.

Manchester Central at dusk
(Image: Andy Mallins)

Looking to the future

Manchester Central is passionate about driving progress, not just in the interest of itself, but also for the benefit of the wider industry.

Commenting on what’s next for the events sector, Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central and chair of the industry bodies, Association of Event Venues, and the Event Industry Alliance, said: “The events industry has adapted brilliantly in recent years and so I believe we’re all capable and up for the challenge of further innovation. Next-generation events require a greater emphasis on sustainable practices than ever before. It’s important to embed good practices, such as high-quality training, to make this happen consistently moving forward.

“Next-generation events also need to seamlessly offer in-person experiences like no other, restoring everybody’s enjoyment in connecting with people, while utilising new technology to enhance. We know that this triggers more business transactions at conferences and a greater level of pride and participation at leisure events.

“The industry must also be far more confident in talking as a whole about its hugely positive impact on the UK’s economy and how we are a driver for fantastic levels of tourism in our respective regions.”

Manchester Central and its dedicated team is looking forward to the upcoming year of events it has booked, including The Baby Show with Lidl GB in April, the Include Summit in May, the Housing 2023 Conference in June and the Interflora World Cup, a prestigious global floristry international competition, in September.

To find out more about how Manchester Central can help you to bring your event-related visions to life, click here.

Kate Mcauliffe

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