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Supporting a diverse, vibrant and safe night-time economy for Manchester

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The city centre and its night-time economy (NTE) are extremely important to Manchester. Having a vibrant leisure and cultural offer is a key factor in people’s choice about where they live and work, as well as making a significant contribution to Manchester’s economic growth. In particular:

  • It is estimated that 150,000 people visit the city centre each weekend to enjoy the nightlife.
  • The number of overnight stays across Manchester in a typical year is in excess of 7million and tourism generates over £2billion through direct expenditure into Manchester’s economy annually.
  • Hotel occupancy rates for the city centre have increased steadily over the years and the number of hotel beds continues to grow. More than 8,500 hotel rooms are currently available with a further 900 due to be available by the end of 2016.
  • Between January 2007 and January 2014, the number of licensed premises in the city centre and Ancoats and Clayton (which includes part of the Northern Quarter) increased from just over 600 to more than 800.

Given how the night-time economy has grown in the past few years, a study is desired to provide an assessment of how and why people use the city centre. This will need to provide a robust evidence base for future decision-making and provide a clear direction for the management of the sector.

Proposals are invited (by New Economy) to undertake a study on Manchester’s night time economy. Consultants are invited to submit proposals for undertaking primary research which looks at the issues related to establishing a diverse, vibrant and safe night-time economy. Suggestions are invited for survey methods that would effectively reach the markets required.

Deadline for proposals: 25 Sept

For more information, see:

If you are interested in bidding, please contact Mike Daw.


Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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