Chinese New Year Organisers and Sponsors
The organisers and sponsors of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester are the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), Manchester City Council and the Heart of Manchester BID. The event is supported by Manchester Chinatown, Metrolink and NCP. The media partner is Manchester Evening News.
The Official Sponsors of the contemporary celebrations in the city centre retail district are Cathay Pacific and Manchester Airport.
The sponsors of the traditional celebrations in Chinatown and Albert Square are Bank of China, Lebara, Chi Yip Group, Amoy, Silver Hill Farm, Ocean Treasure and Ernest Jones.
Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based international airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to almost 190 destinations in China, Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft. Cathay Pacific flies non-stop to Hong Kong from Manchester four times a week, and from London Heathrow five times daily. For more information and for fares visit www.cathaypacific.co.uk or call 020 8834 8888.
Cathay Pacific is a member of the Swire group and has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading global transportation hubs. The airline is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG)
Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK and the largest airport outside London with over 200 destinations served by 65 airlines.
Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 22 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time – it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales.
MAG serves 46 million passengers and handles almost half a million tonnes of air freight every year through its ownership and operation of the airports of London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
The Heart of Manchester BID
The Heart of Manchester BID is Manchester’s first Business Improvement District; a successful management model operating in most towns and cities in the UK, and across the USA and Europe.
The Heart of Manchester BID is a specific geographical area encompassing over 380 city centre retailers across Exchange Square, New Cathedral St, St Ann’s Square, King St and Deansgate. The BID is financed by a levy made of the basis of rateable value – meaning over £1 million per year will be invested for a period of 5 years. Agreement to deliver a BID in Manchester was made through a successful legal ballot in November 2012. The BID then launched in April 2013.
The Heart of Manchester BID is an independent not-for-profit company governed by a Board of city centre retailers and stakeholders. The business plan is delivered on behalf of the BID Company by CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company.
More information about the Heart of Manchester BID can be found at www.heartofmanchester.com
FCAM is the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester, established in 1992. It is a non-profit making organisation uniting various Chinese Associations in and around Manchester. FCAM functions as a bridge for the exchange of economic and cultural ties between China and the United Kingdom.
Every year FCAM are the organisers and sponsors of celebrations for major traditional Chinese festivities like Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Through these activities and events FCAM aims to raise the understanding and appreciation of Chinese Culture in the UK and enhance the link between local communities.
More information about FCAM can be found at www.fcam.org.uk