What our clients say

CIUK is an annual event, now in its 27th year, and over the past few years we have moved around different venues. This was our first year at Manchester Central and feedback from both exhibitors and delegates following the event confirmed it was our best yet.

A big factor in this was the venue and staff at Manchester Central. The layout of the venue suited the open and free-flowing format of our conference perfectly and the staff could not have been more helpful. In fact we were so impressed that we have already booked again for this year!

Damian Jones
Science and Technology Facilities Council

We’ve held our event at Manchester Central for the past three years and we’ve developed a strong working relationship with the team who understand our unique demands and requirements; from catering to AV and everything in-between.

Manchester Central’s facilities provide the flexibility needed to suit all aspects of our event, which attracts around 5,000 attendees each year. We always feel confident running our event at Manchester Central and look forward to working with the team in 2017 and beyond.

Sarah Rockliff, Events Executive
British Dental Association

"We came to Manchester Central after three successful years in London and our experience did not disappoint. 

"The venue space is excellent, with a layout easy for delegates to navigate and plenty of room to add extra elements; but what makes the venue so special is the staff and their exceptional service. From event sales to your event manager, the catering team to AV, security and stewards, every team member has a really positive ‘can do’ attitude that makes running an event of this scale so much easier. 

"If you are looking for an excellent venue space, with highly professional and friendly staff, Manchester Central is the venue for you."

Rebecca West, Head of Events
Redactive Events Ltd

“Our AGM ran like clockwork because the venue and team at Manchester Central were simply superb. The team was unruffled and knew exactly what they were doing at all times, even when I sprang last minute requests on them; responding in a relaxed and encouraging way. I was extremely impressed with the whole experience and look forward to working with the venue next year!”

Jane Ashworth
The Co-Operative Group

“We held our biggest conference to date at Manchester Central in 2016, with more than 900 delegates attending. The feedback was very good; everyone appreciated the central location and ease of access to the venue, as well as the excellent facilities at Manchester Central. As an organiser, I was well supported by our Events Manager who worked tirelessly to ensure our event was delivered as planned and ran smoothly.”

Lucy Davies
Association of Breast Surgery

“Manchester Central has a significant wow factor and is completely flexible, which was a huge pull for us. The team was patient, thorough and accommodating; and the central location was perfect for our delegates who travelled across the UK and stayed in the surrounding array of hotels. All of our delegates were blown away by the venue which worked brilliantly to deliver all aspects of our conference; including plenary, an exhibition and a banquet.” 

Sarah West
One Nuffield Health

“The team at Manchester Central couldn’t have been more supportive and informative both prior to and during the conference. The venue’s dedicated team members were on hand for the duration of the event and felt like an extension of the B&Q team.

"Manchester Central was able to tailor its facilities to the specific needs of B&Q, including a complex build that needed to be complete in just one day. Post-conference, delegate feedback has been extremely positive and I would definitely recommend Manchester Central to anyone currently thinking of holding their event or conference there in future.”

Sarah Lawrence
B&Q Business Events Expert

“The attention to detail and friendliness from Manchester Central was outstanding – the venue was ideal for our purposes and provided the right facility for our conference. We would highly recommend this venue to others.”

Professor Bill Reid
DEMEC organising committee

"The first class team at Manchester Central go above and beyond to support us, providing relevant insight and links to city representatives to ensure our ongoing success and growth. It’s this holistic approach which creates such a unique partnership – and why we’re looking forward to returning to work with the team again in 2016!”

Beth Wilson
Head of Events at BCSC

“Manchester Central was the perfect venue for our debut show in Manchester. The team was very accommodating and supportive both before and during the event; the comprehensive marketing package specifically helped ensure the success of our event – the digital signage outside the venue particularly assisted in raising awareness of the show.”

Andy Bridge
Managing Director of APITS

“The versatility of the Cobden Rooms was perfect as we were able to run a series of theatre-style presentations and use the remaining space for a networking reception. Being self-contained but still located on the doorstep of the exhibition was a huge plus and the flexibility of the partitions enabled us to run everything in the same area. The day was oversubscribed and we’re looking to extend it in 2016!”

Claire Chapman
Director of The Campaign Partnership

"We have hosted awards ceremonies at Manchester Central for many years, and the venue’s hospitality team has consistently produced a top-class dining experience for our guests.

Our ceremonies continue to grow in popularity, with over 1000 guests attending our Property Awards this year. We look forward to building on our successful events with Manchester Central for years to come."

Lynda Craig
Events Director at Insider Media

"I can honestly say that Manchester Central could not have done anything more to ensure the success of the event at its new home. We have an excellent working relationship with the team, who constantly strive to achieve excellence on our behalf.

Last year’s event was a huge success, while our second show this year improved further still with increased numbers of delegates and 57% of the exhibition rebooked for 2014. I cannot recommend the venue and the team enough."

Sarah Payling
Events Director, Ocean Media

"Manchester Central is a perfect venue for us as its location and connectivity gives us a perfect catchment across the North, particularly the M62 corridor.

Equally important is that our visitors and exhibitors love being in the heart of the city and use it as an opportunity to check out the best of Manchester’s burgeoning food and drink scene."

Thom Hetherington
Managing Director at Holden Media Ltd

"Manchester Central is an iconic venue in the heart of Manchester and provides the perfect setting for one of sport’s greatest pre-event weigh-ins."

Norman Howell
UFC’s VP of Corporate Communications

"We are delighted to be returning to Manchester Central in 2014 and look forward to a long working relationship. Manchester Central offers the right mix of conference facilities with the exhibition space that we require. The professional attitude of the staff ensures the conference is a great success year after year."

Steven Yeats
CEO of British Cardiovascular Society

"We needed a venue that not only had the right facilities to accommodate our conference and exhibition requirements, but could also offer a vibrant city centre location with an extensive array of hotels, dining amenities, entertainment and the travel network to support it."

Aimee Colton
Project Manager at UK Oracle User Group