The Barclays Developing Resilience Award: CityCo & Heart of Manchester Business Improvement District

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award


Action and Impact
The Manchester Arena terrorist attack in May 2017 changed the lives of many teenage concert-goers forever. The incident gave local people, businesses and services plenty of opportunity to reflect not only on the tragedy and the lives lost, but also on the response to the attack. “We have seen just how important it is for the business community to share information and work together to help create resilient cities,” says Vaughan Allen, chief executive of CityCo, the city centre management company for Manchester and Salford.
 
Following the attack, CityCo ran a Counter-Terrorism Awareness Business Training session in partnership with the North West Counter Terrorism Unit. The training was free and  made available to all businesses, including those not members of CityCo or the Business Improvement District.
 
The objective was to give businesses reassurance, advice and guidance in advance of, and in light of, the attack at Manchester Arena. Known as Project Griffin, the sessions aimed to raise awareness among the business community of measures that can be taken to counter the threat of terrorism, increasing public and staff awareness of how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities, suspicious behaviour and security challenges.
 
So far, the training has been delivered to nearly 700 people representing 200 different businesses.