Support for Greater Manchester’s Hospitality and Culture Sector

6 August 2020

At the Greater Manchester APPG (GMAPPG) meeting on Covid-19 Recovery Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s Night-Time Economy Advisor and Cllr Elise Wilson, GMCA Economy Portfolio Lead and Co-Chair of the Night-Time Economy Task Force, talked to Greater Manchester MPs about the many talented people across the sector who are self-employed, those who have missed out on Government support schemes and/or are in insecure employment and asked for clarity about when, and if, large parts of the sector will be able to return to ‘business as usual’.

Supporters of the APPG wrote to the APPG Chair, Lucy Powell MP, stating they believe it is essential that Greater Manchester’s hospitality and cultural sector is given the help and support it needs to bounce back; asking Lucy to urgently highlight to Government Greater Manchester’s 5 key asks for action and recovery:

  • Ensure the £1.5 billion culture and arts support package is spread fairly across the sector
  • Extend furlough and support on a sector by sector basis
  • Create specific Government roadmaps need to be published for the cultural and hospitality industries that have been left behind
  • For Government to engage with Local Authorities to coordinate the response and support for the hospitality industry
  • For Government to recognise that culture includes live music venues, nightclubs and festivals

Greater Manchester Hospitality and Cultural Sector Supporters:

Afzal Khan, MP for Gorton
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth
Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester, Withington
Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles
Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale
Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East
Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield
Lord Keith Bradley, House of Lords
Lord Leslie Turnberg, House of Lords
Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader Stockport Council, GMCA Economy Brief
Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester Night Time Economy Adviser, Parklife, Warehouse Project Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive Wigan Council, GM Culture Portfolio Lead
Alistair Hudson, Director of Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth Gallery
Amanda Sutton, Venture Arts
Atul Bansal, Sheila Bird Studio
Bob Riley, Manchester Camerata
Cathy Bolton, Manchester Literature Festival
Charlie Morrison, Walk The Plank
Chris Paul, Wythenshawe Community Media
Cllr David Greenhalgh, Leader Bolton Council, GM Culture Portfolio Lead
Darren Grice, Rochdale Borough Cultural Trust
Dave Moutrey, HOME, Director of Culture, Manchester City Council
David Agnew, So It Is
Elizabeth Parsons, Wigan Steam
Jack Hale, The Modernist Society
Jane Dowler, Evuna
Jay Taylor, Night & Day, Music Venues Trust
John McGrath, Manchester International Festival
John Summers, The Halle
Jon Drape, Engine No 4
Leon Patel, Global Grooves
Liz O’Neil, Z-Arts
Mark Clinton, Manchester Pride
Maurice Carlin, Rivca Rubin, Islington Mill
Michael Kill, Night Time Industries Association
Mike Blackburn, Greater Manchester LEP
Paul Ludden, MancMade
Rachel Roger, Reform Radio
Rebecca Swarray, RebeccaNeverBecky Collective

You can read the full letter to Lucy Powell MP from Greater Manchester Hospitality and Cultural Sector Supporters here.

  • Letter to Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP from Lucy Powell MP here.
  • Letter to Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP from Lucy Powell MP here.

Please see the response that Lucy Powell MP received from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry following her letter here.