Recreation: Closing deals in comfort
Further highlighting that level of service, it was raining when we left CitySuites for food and the concierge kindly escorted us out to our car with an umbrella.
Thanks to prime location in the city centre, it was just five minutes up the road along Deansgate before we arrived at Hawksmoor.
The ten-year-old firm opened its doors in the city of Manchester – its first outside of London – just two years ago and has thrived since, thanks to a steak restaurant and cocktail bar combination.
And it’s that very medley that makes Hawksmoor an ideal location for business, leisure or “bleisure”, as shop talk can take place over food, drinks or both.
Another venue in the city of Manchester, a location that could help you stand out from the conventional business meeting, is Manchester House. It comprises both the Manchester House Restaurant, which is run by Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne, and sky-high Lounge on 12.
With fine dining in the former and a more relaxed, yet glamourous, drinking environment on the latter – the view of the city of Manchester at the top can act as an ideal setting to dazzle any potential business partners.
And if you’re worried about alcohol getting in the way, several options for afternoon tea are available – alongside champagne if you want the best of both.
Manchester House itself is part of Spinningfields, a business quarter and leisure destination that attracts 5.5m visitors a year, driven by the 165 organisations in the district. This stat alone signifies the role the city of Manchester plays in UK plc.
According to a debate at the UK Northern Powerhouse Conference, held in Manchester last month, collaboration is the key to unlocking the productivity in the North.
With that in mind, with the options we’ve rounded up in this feature, collaboration shouldn’t be a problem – especially if done over a Mango Iced Tea at Lounge on 12.