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Postponement Announcement

Postponement Announcement

NRB will now take place on 29-30 June 2021 at Manchester Central

Since our last update a second wave of Covid-19 has hit, significantly impacting upon the hospitality industry. There is currently no certainty around Nightingale hospitals timings but as the government has stated tiers could stay in place “until Easter” (The 4th April 2021) to mitigate the winter spike. By this this point vaccination and community testing is expected to allow hospitality and events to reopen with safely, scale and relative normality.
 
Therefore in line with our ongoing commitment to act in the best interest of both public health and the commercial interests of exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and other partners, we will now run the twentieth edition of Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) on the 29th and 20th June 2021. This timing should ensure NRB can help power the industry recovery as operators look to Summer and renew their investment with new launches and refurbishments.
 
I stress that we have not taken this decision lightly, but we are in an unprecedented pandemic and I’m sure you appreciate we must respond as the situation shifts. This period has been devastating for hospitality, not least for you as operators and suppliers, and as an exhibition company we have been unable to trade for nine months now. But our commitment remains to deliver the best NRB possible, at the right time, for the entire industry.
 
Our industry requires a strong and united front working for the greater good now more than ever, and as such we are delighted to announce that in 2021 NRB will partner with HRC, the UK’s largest international hospitality exhibition. ‘NRB X HRC’ will bring collaboration and creativity, with co-marketing bringing new audiences to Manchester and dedicated feature content and fringe events within the exhibition and across the city.
 
We have been proud to have offered industry support over the last few months via NRB Assist and Supplier Focus, and we will continue to lobby hard for the hospitality industry, speaking directly to government and the media. Our latest initiative highlights the plight of hospitality suppliers, supporting UK Hospitality’s work and acting as an official ‘Supply Chain Taskforce’ reporting industry feedback to Sacha Lord and Andy Burnham. 
 
“NRB has tirelessly supported the hospitality sector, and for operators its return in 2021 will be a cause for celebration, signifying the industry can begin to look forward again.”
Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality.
 
“NRB is a vital platform for hospitality in Manchester and the North, and I have no doubt it’s return in June will help revitalise the sector across the region and beyond.” 
Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester.
 
We look forward to welcoming you all to NRB in June 2021, and meanwhile our thoughts are with you and your teams, and all those within our embattled industry. We hope recovery is now in sight, and NRB will be there, as it has been for twenty years, leading the charge for Northern hospitality.