Over the last few months the situation regarding COVID-19 has become ever more serious for the hospitality industry, with far-reaching consequences. As it stands there are still significant uncertainties regarding whether and in what form large events will be allowed to run in October, and whether the hospitality industry itself will have adapted to new trading conditions and be looking to invest in their businesses.
Therefore in line with our previous commitment to monitor and respond to the ongoing situation, and our wish to avoid uncertainty for our visitors, clients and other partners, we are postponing Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) until 16-17 March 2021. We have not taken this decision lightly, but with everyone who works in or with the hospitality industry facing unprecedented challenges at this time we are confident that it is the right decision in the best interests of all.
We have been proud to launch NRB Assist during the last few months, which has reached and supported tens of thousands of operators across the region, and to have been part of initiatives like Hospitality Union and Manchester’s Tourism Industry Emergency Response group, as well as being invited by Sir Richard Leese to sit on the city’s Business Sounding Board.
As a further response to COVID-19 we have plans to launch several new NRB projects which will benefit hospitality operators across the North during this difficult period, whilst also offering new opportunities for suppliers to engage and communicate with our audiences. We will be make further announcements regarding these new developments during July.
We look forward to welcoming you all to NRB in Spring 2021, and meanwhile our thoughts are with all of those working within the hospitality industry in these incredibly uncertain and challenging times.