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Popular Greater Manchester wedding venue files for administration with more than 90 redundancies

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Popular wedding destination, Bredbury Hall has gone into administration.

Stockport’s landmark hotel Bredbury Hall has gone into administration, leaving many with wedding plans at the popular venue in the lurch.

Owned by Newco Ventures Ltd, the company entered insolvency on Friday and confirmed the loss of more than 90 jobs.

A former employee, Sam Hunter, laid bare the news and how the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating to the hospitality industry. 


She wrote: “Devastating news today that myself and all my colleagues have been made redundant and Bredbury Hall will not reopen its doors.

“Some amazing memories working for this company, and incredibly hard to say goodbye.

“I hope in years to come when we look back on this pandemic and the effect and stress the hospitality industry has faced – I hope we remember that it isn’t just jobs lost or businesses closed.

“In fact – it’s peoples careers, people’s families, their retirement funds and their hopes and dreams that have been taken away through no fault of their own.

“Years and years of our lives committed to the industry we love, for some of us our first jobs and for some of us a home from home.

“Raise a glass tonight for us – as we’re one business in one county in one part of the country – this is happening all over the country to businesses and staff in our sector.”

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The devastating news of the closure has also meant those with wedding or events planned and booked at Bredbury Hall are left with no venue and are losing thousands of pounds.

One such person is Adele, who spoke to the MEN about how the closure will impact her wedding.

She said: “It’s an extremely stressful time for all us brides to be,”

“I myself stand to lose £1,250 and others even more.

“The thing that angers me most is that we were kept in the dark and had to find out through Facebook via staff who had been made redundant that day!”

Bredbury Hall

FRP the business advisory firm explained that the Hall had experienced trading difficulties and financial pressure.

They added: “As a result of these inherent pressures, the hotel was unable to reopen after lockdown restrictions were eased and an appointment of administrators was made.”

The 148-year-old three star hotel, whose features include a Marco Pierre White-branded restaurant, fitness centre and 16th century barn converted into a nightclub, is seeking a buyer.

Bredbury Hall

Anthony Collier, joint administrator and partner at FRP, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has put incredible pressure on hospitality businesses across the country as domestic and international travel is severely restricted.

“As trading operations have already ceased, we will be taking steps to market the hotel for sale in its current form.

“We have a team on-site and working remotely to engage with and assist all the affected staff through this difficult time. We would encourage any interested parties in the business to come forward as soon as possible.”


Greater Manchester Nightingale Hospital open again due to high levels of coronavirus

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The Nightingale Hospital for the North West will open later this week and house non-Covid patients.

The temporary facility to treat patients with Covid-19 opened originally in April but has been closed in summer. 

However, later this week it is set to reopen for non-Covid patients.

It is set to reopen as figures show the number of coronavirus patients being treated in the North West is now approaching the level it was in the first surge of the virus.

A spokesperson said: “The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will accept patients from today to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but do need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments.”

As of October 26th, North West hospitals had 2,407 patients with coronavirus, the highest number of cases since April 23rd.

Dr Jane Eddleston, medical director of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Nightingale will not be used as a critical care facility and neither was it in the first phase. It will be used as a facility for patients to have additional rehabilitation.”

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Sacha Lord says 10pm curfew will be reviewed next month

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Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord, has said the government will review the 10pm curfew in November. 

All hospitality venues must shut their doors at 10pm under current laws, however, Sacha Lord and other industry members have been campaigning the curfew.

Since September 24th, when the curfew was put in place, the #CancelTheCurfew movement has been backed by a number of industry professionals.

The Parklife founder, Lord, filed a pre-action letter last night which claimed there was no scientific justification of the Tier 3 regulations and the limits on pubs and bars operating hours. 

Lord has tweeted that the government ‘are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew’ in November.

He wrote: “In November, the Government are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew.

“It doesn’t work for the public or operators.

“Overloaded transport, crowded takeaways, supermarkets etc.

“It’s doing far more harm than good. Operators are running safe and secure COVID19 venues.

“Cancel the Curfew”

Lord confirmed they had a formal response from the government regarding the judicial review where he said ‘we consider it insufficient’.

He added “I cannot go into detail, but I can say that we have considered it and it is insufficient. I have instructed my lawyers to commence legal proceedings.”

Lord is now backing the OneGM campaign, which sees different sectors of the industry coming together to show support for businesses and people in Greater Manchester. 

It is unclear yet when Greater Manchester will be removed from Tier 3 restrictions.


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Dr Hilary backs calls for tier 3 restrictions across all of England by Christmas

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Dr Hilary has responded on GMB this morning to reports that the whole of England should be in tier 3 by Christmas. 

It comes following some reports that all of England could be placed under the strictest coronavirus restrictions by mid-December. 

The UK deaths hit their highest level in five months on Tuesday, when 367 new fatalities linked to coronavirus and nearly 23,000 more cases were recorded.

The Sun explained that SAGE member, Professor Sir Mark Walport said it is ‘not unrealistic’ to think that 25,000 people could be in hospital with Covid-19 by the end of November.

With total Covid related deaths reaching 61,000 across the nation, there are predictions that figures will be higher than the Spring peak come December.

Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Body (Sage) are reportedly warning that virus rates all over the country will soar past the levels seen in areas in the North already.

A government source also told The Sun ‘the latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak.’

According to the Daily Telegraph, ‘Downing Street is working on the assumption that the second wave of COVID-19 will be more deadly than the first.’

From next week parts of Nottinghamshire and Warrington will be placed into Tier Three.

This means that more than eight million people in England, predominantly in the North, will be under the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week.

The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, told Sky News: “The prime minister has been very clear, as we all are, that we want people to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible.

“But it is too early to be able to say exactly what the situation will become Christmas, and exactly what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.

“Obviously checking the spread of this virus is paramount, but alongside that we want people to live their lives as close to normal as possible, including at Christmas which is an incredibly important time for families.”

Dr Hilary Jones spoke on Good Morning Britain this morning explaining that a vaccine ‘won’t stop a rise in infections’.

Jones said: “Just look at the figures, the hospital admissions are increasing, doubling every two weeks. In a month from now, we’ll be worse than we were in the first wave.”

He said: “We can’t rely on a vaccine, we hope it will save people from dying but it won’t stop infections, not the early vaccine anyway.”

Adding that: “I think we still need to rely on the basic principles which is hands, face, space and if we all do that and we’re realistic and don’t say Christmas is an exception.

“If we make Christmas an exception, then every celebration will be an exception. A birthday, a Friday night, a promotion…” 

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