With just one month to go until Christmas, Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser has launched a festive campaign to support the city-region’s hospitality industry.
‘Give the Gift of Going Out’ aims to help the struggling sector by encouraging the public to support their favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, theatres and live gig venues by gifting family and friends a night out this Christmas.
The campaign will draw attention to local venues which provide Christmas gift vouchers or deposit bookings, and aims to remind the public of different present ideas, while simultaneously promoting the joy of spending time with loved ones.
Venues supporting the campaign and offering Christmas vouchers include Cocoa Cabana Chocolatiers, Alex’s Bakery, The Barking Dog Urmston, Atlas Bar, Three Little Words, Albert’s Schloss, Calcio! sports bar, 53Two, Riva Altrincham and Another Hand.
Restaurants include Abeja Tapas Bar in Stockport, A Tavola Gastronomia Siciliana in High Peak, WOOD Manchester, Con Club in Altrincham, Hawksmoor, Menagerie, the Northern Quarter’s Cane & Grain, and Platzki while hotels supporting the initiative include the King Street Townhouse, Hotel Football in Old Trafford and Motel One.
Meanwhile, Junkyard Golf, Base Bar, The Royal Exchange, The Palace Theatre, The Opera House and The Stoller Hall are also taking part, with further operators to be announced over the next month.
Sacha Lord, the city-region’s Night Time Economy Adviser, who is leading the campaign, said,
“Treating loved ones to a night out not only gives them memories to cherish, but will go a long way in supporting local landlords and independent venues across Greater Manchester.
“We all know the difficulties that our favourite restaurants, bars, theatres and hotels are going through, and January is always the bleakest time of the year for the sector. Not only is footfall typically down as people choose to save and stay indoors, but as a result staff often find they aren’t booked for as many shifts as normal.
“By buying a voucher or putting a deposit down now, we can support the sector through the difficult post-Christmas period, and move away from gifting presents that just sit unwanted in the cupboard.
“What better way to help your favourite venue, and the local workforce, than gifting a loved one an evening out this Christmas.”
The general public can view all venues taking part in the Christmas initiative at givethegiftofgoingout.com, or by looking out for posters in venue windows.