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Food and Drink Sees Tory Conference 'Small Increase'

No secret dossiers left on tables though...

Written by . Published on October 11th 2011.

Food and Drink Sees Tory Conference 'Small Increase'

ACCORDING to the city’s marketing chiefs, the recent Tory conference was set to be worth £27.4m to the Manchester economy.

Cameron’s mob spent a long weekend up north, as well as 2,000 journalists and countless other fringe groups, lobbyists and on the Sunday, demonstrators.

“I wish we had seen a share of the £27.4m. It was more like a couple of hundred extra per day.”

But did the bars, restaurants and hotels in and around Manchester Central see any uplift in trade? Or were delegates tucked up in bed by 9pm with a cup of cocoa and a copy of Margaret Thatcher’s biography?

Confidential’s Paul Berentzen and Karen Regn contacted them to find out.

Andy Hennessy, manager of Croma:
“The conference improved trade a little bit, but not as much as we expected. We certainly had some busy shifts. They were just like any other customers – well behaved. 

“On Sunday we had a negative effect because of the demonstration though. It was like a ghost town.

Ettore Cichetti, manager of Piccolino:
“It was good. We had lots of people from the conference and sales increased as a result. Takings were up £5,000 on Monday and we took £4,000 more than usual on Tuesday.”

“They came in all at once. And they all behaved - they are all good people.”

Roger Ward, Owner, Tom’s Chop House and Sam’s Chop House:
“I would say it did have a positive effect on business and on the city. We had good days and bad days. It was probably not as good as other years of conferences - I’m not wowed by what it has done for us, but I’m positive about it.”

“You can’t blame the Tories for the fact we had some pretty shabby weather for us - and that affects trade more than anything. The Sunday of the protests was the worst in a while and you have to blame the demonstrations.

“I’m proud of the council for bringing this to the city. Labour are a bit more northern and get out and about in the city more. The Conservatives are discovering Manchester and that’s a good thing. They are tourists and I hope they enjoyed themselves.”

Alex Jarrett, general manager of Beluga
“A bit later at night, after the conference was over, we saw a very slight lift in business.  But we haven’t felt a massive change to be honest.  It’s been quite normal. 

"No crazy politicians with ties on their heads dancing on tables ordering champagne. They were very well-behaved.”

Steven Miles, general manager of the Radisson:
“It was excellent. Everything went well, there were no mishaps and we are very pleased with the lift in business.”

Jane Dowler, general manager of Evuna:
“We saw about a 20 per cent increase because of a few big parties, drinking mostly wine. The average price of our bottles is £25, and they pretty much stayed in that range.

“I wish we had seen a share of the £27.4m. It was more like a couple of hundred extra per day.”

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AnonymousOctober 11th 2011.

I heard that the Tory party took 5% gross of all takings in the bar at the official hotel - the Midland.

the Whalley RangerOctober 11th 2011.

Politics is business - just ask Fox

AnonymousOctober 12th 2011.

Is Jane Dowler really complaining about a 20% uplift in business? There's no pleasing some people...

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

At our hotel it was a couple of pints and off to bed by twelve o'clock ,they didn't even ask for a receipt,bring back labour,rat arsed at five in the morning and all on expenses

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