Editor's Blog

Northern uproar

There was a Northern invasion in London this week as three of the region’s biggest cities descended on the capital to remind everyone that there is life outside of the M25.

First up was a trip to the May Fair Hotel, where Manchester Central were hosting a reception in the sleek and trendy bar. I chatted to CEO Shaun Hinds about the major plans for the venue he’s got up his sleeve for 2018 – I can’t say much more, but watch this space.

Then it was a case of nipping downstairs to the hotel’s plush Crystal Room for ACC Liverpool’s annual festive networking event. It’s a big year for the ACC in 2018, with the replacement for the recently-departed Kerrin MacPhie set to be announced and the venue’s 10th anniversary sure to be celebrated with all the exuberance and style we’ve come to expect from the city.

And to round the evening off, I headed over to the McLaren showroom in Knightsbridge (pictured) where delegates from Sheffield City Region were meeting potential investment partners from across the country. Obviously, Sheffield lacks a venue on the scale of Manchester Central or ACC Liverpool, but the city still holds its own as an international events destination, having recently hosted 300 delegates from China at the 2017 Horasis China Meeting in November. You can read a case study of the meeting in the forthcoming January issue of M&IT.

It may just have been a coincidence that they were all in town on the same night, but it did feel like the Northern Powerhouse gathering steam – something that will hopefully continue as we enter 2018.

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