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Your Business Travel Itinerary in Manchester this April

14/03/2023

Manchester has gained a reputation for its vibrant culture that caters to both leisure and business, resulting in an exhilarating combination that blends work and play. This month, Manchester is presenting numerous conferences and networking events, so it's understandable if business travellers are looking to visit the city this April. 

We've created what your Manchester itinerary might look like if you're travelling for business. Take inspiration from our selection below of events below. If you want to network, expand your knowledge on a specific business topic, or educate yourself on trends, we've listed the best events in Manchester this April. 

Conferences This April

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Neurodiversity & Learning Disability Employer Event

Date: Apr 25, 2023

Times: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE!

Diversity and inclusion is an important applications for any business. There has always been a demand for quality employees, and businesses across the globe are expanding their hires to increase productivity across the workplace. 

This conference looks into the benefits of hiring neurodivergent employees - as well as people with learning disabilities. The conference is created to educate employers about looking past limitations and identifying the potential in diverse applicants. 

Metaverse 101

Date: April 7, 2023

Times: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cost: £299 to £499

 

An online event in Manchester is holding a Metaverse 101 conference to educate those interested in the virtual space. Metaverse 101 webinar is a fantastic introduction to the concept of Metaverse, giving insights on its trends, its potential, and its application. 

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to identify and understand near-future trends regarding this space. 

An Expert Guide On How to Avoid Greenwashing

Date: April 18, 2023

Times: 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Cost: FREE!

The notion of sustainability has been vastly popular among brands. Everyone wants to apply eco-friendly business practices for their brands, so get in the game with an education on how to avoid "Greenwashing". 

Join the conference as they discuss topics around sustainability, such as the concept of "greenwashing", the do's and don'ts of communicating sustainable credentials, and more. 

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Networking Events 

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Tech & Talk

Date: April 13, 2023

Times: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: FREE!

This giant networking event will gather all like-minded individuals within the digital sector to create an easy, hassle-free cycle of connections and conversations. 

Tech & Talk is a free networking opportunity in the heart of Manchester. This event will feature guest speakers, welcome drinks, and of course - networking for individuals with an interest in technology and applications. 

The Developers Network

Date: April 20, 2023

Times: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Cost: £30 to £300

The Developers Network is a monthly networking event for individuals interested in learning about property development. Manchester is a bustling city that's constantly building new properties, meaning that valuable connections with other property developers, professionals and investors are likely! 

Property experts will be around to answer any queries that individuals may have surrounding the property industry. Building properties is an interesting topic to discuss, so don't miss out on this engaging networking event.

Big Networking for Small Businesses

Date: April 6, 2023

Times: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Cost: FREE!

Smaller businesses can take part in a massive networking opportunity this April. Centre for Enterprise is hosting various sessions for small businesses to instigate professional relationships. This month, the event will feature an important guest speaker (as well as opportunities for building business connections) to educate individuals on growing your business. 

A big networking opportunity for small businesses mean better chances of expanding your professional associates. 

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Sightseeing in Manchester

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Castlefield Canal Basin

Taking a break from business-related activities? Whether you're meeting a client, taking your team out for a day or simply want to do something while you're on a business trip, a walk through the Castlefield Canal Basin is recommended.

With relaxing views of the canals, great eateries and an ideal location in Manchester city centre, you'll feel at ease being in a more secluded and calm area within the city.

National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is perfect for business travellers interested in Manchester's history of football. The museum features excellent showcases and exhibitions that cover aspects of football (from smaller matches to World Cup leagues!). 

Business visitors can expect great things in the museum for those with interest in sport. Not to mention, you can impress potential clients who are also intrigued in Manchesters's history!

Salford Quays/Media City

Salford Quays and MediaCity hosts some of the most dazzling entertainment venues in Manchester. With just a few tram stops away from the city, Salford boasts fine views and exciting things to do when you plan them accordingly. 

A great place to invite your team out to. When you have various places to visit and an enticing view of the Irwell river that goes through Salford Quays, it's guaranteed to be a great staff night out.

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Important Tips For Business Visits in Manchester

When you're visiting Manchester as a business traveller, it's highly important that you create a plan. Manchester has a well-developed transport system, a variety of meeting venues and ideal accommodations to suit corporate travel. However, preparing your trip will be ideal as Manchester's diverse offers can leave some travellers overwhelmed. 

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There are different discounts, recommended visits and transport options available to keep in mind when you're heading to Manchester for business. Let's break down these important reminders for business travellers.

Travelling tips for business visitors

It can be a challenge getting to a place you're not familiar with. But luckily, the travel options to Manchester is streamlined. You can either take the train, book a flight, or go through a specific route. 

Below are some tips you can take advantage of when travelling to Manchester.

Take up reading 

Travelling can be exhausting, and it doesn't help if you're unoccupied. It's easy to check social media every now and again while you travel, but reading will make you feel more ready and attentive. So, grab a book of your choice and take some time to read!

Prepare a emergency travel kit

A travel kit for business travellers can be items that prepare you for anything you need in terms of sickness and comfort. These can be painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibrupofen, noise-cancelling earbuds, an eye-mask, and so on. Pack light, but pack right!

Be business ready

If you're travelling with the goal of meeting a client, attending a conference or presenting to a business, then ensure you're business ready. Pack an outfit in a suit bag (already ironed), drink your coffee two hours before the meeting, and ensure you have water on you to keep yourself hydrated.

What's the weather like in April

Weather in Manchester during April is usually better than the first three months of the year. The atmosphere tends to be warmer, but rain may come every now and again.

An average temperature of around 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the month is what's hitting in Manchester. The highest temperature typically reaches 12°C (54°F), while the lowest dips to 4°C (39°F) is what people can expect in the city.

Rain in April within Manchester is impossible to know - but with temperature rising throughout the month, it's more likely that time spent in Manchester will be less difficult.

Manchester's weather is reported on BBC, being updated daily while highlighting the potential of weather conditions throughout the commencing week. Keep your eye out!

Important contacts to keep in hand

In case of an emergency during your business travel, it's important to be aware of the available contacts and have them on-hand. While you'll need to remember contacts of your accommodation, or choice of transport,, there are also local lines that you should keep in mind for high-alert situations.

For emergencies regarding injuries or body damage, 999 will be the best number to call. 

Other numbers you'll want to keep in hand are tourist information, your travel agency and your company's number too.

Transportation in Manchester

Transport in Manchester is vast. You have your standard buses and trams, but other exclusive transports such as Ubers and such are available to rent out too! 

It's important to understand how and where transport systems go in Manchester to make sure you can travel around easily - why not check out our blog on Manchester's transport guide.

If you're looking to board the standard transportation systems, it's important to understand the following:

A couple of transportation options in Manchester require apps to use (such as the "Lime" App for E-scooters and "Bee Network" app for bikes), but the correct apps can also highlight the route schedule of your chosen transport. Stagecoach, the Metrolink and Go North West are some of the most known apps for identifying transport schedules.

Best business stays in Manchester

Staying in Manchester is recommended as one day is not enough to explore this city in its fullest capacity. Luckily, there are a lot of options to choose from when staying here.

Aparthotels 

Business travellers can enjoy an aparthotel if they're staying long-term. Aparthotels provide a homely feel while delivering amenities from a hotel. Aparthotels are relatively rare in the city, but corporate stays in CitySuites are highly recommended. Whether you need a studio, a 1-bed or want to learn more about our deluxe executive penthouse suite, CitySuites is right for you!

Airbnb for families 

Airbnb accommodations are spread throughout both Manchester city centre and Greater Manchester. Making them a great option for business travellers looking for a lower-cost stay.

Local hotels 

Local hotels are more consistent to stay in, and booking a local hotel can also bring lots of benefits such as breakfast and central locations. 

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Additional Resources by CitySuites

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Meeting Rooms

Meeting spaces are available across Manchester city centre, allowing you to set up various business meet ups and small conferences. But at CitySuites, we do recommend hiring meeting spaces that are both reliable, comfortable and sets the tone for professionalism. 

Our meeting rooms are available for hire overall, which include spacious settings, modern furniture and benefits of technology.

Conference Rooms

Want to book your own conference? You'll need an ideal conference room that can offer privacy and the luxury of convenience with technology. Manchester has lots of conference rooms for hire, including our own exclusive conference room at CitySuites! 

Exclusive Lounge

If you're looking for versatility, then an executive lounge at CitySuites will be the ideal solution. This is on par with any premium, private lounges available in Manchester. The room delivers on stunning views, and is available to host a wide range of business-related events. Whether you need to book a company celebration or a large conference, an executive lounge like ours is recommended! 

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Why You Should Consider CitySuites In Your Business Itinerary

Corporate travellers can expect an entirely beneficial stay in CitySuites. 

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CitySuites has amenities to suit short or long-stays in Manchester, including a relaxing indoor and spa pool, as well as a structured CitySuites gym areas for both buildings.

Breakfast can be included too, with our exclusive restaurant Embankment Kitchen and their fantastic breakfast range (as well as a delicious grill menu for evening reservations). 

Our apartments also have options for various homely amenities, including smart TVs (offering Netflix and others), modern shower rooms and kitchens. 

Enjoy Your Stay In Manchester! 

We hope you take some inspiration from this business itinerary we've created for visitors going to Manchester. And take our word for it, we've only highlighted a fraction of what you can expect this April.

No matter what you have in mind for your trip, Manchester is the right place to go. This vibrant city offers a wide range of activities corporates can do this April. 

 

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