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Preserving History, Inspiring Entrepreneurs

Our May 2023 K-Club Lunch Event In Review

Our May 2023 K-Club lunch event proved to be yet another huge success, leaving attendees both inspired and in awe. As Manchester's premier entrepreneurs' network, we take immense pride in our city's roots. It was only fitting that we chose The Fountain House, an exquisite restaurant venue located directly opposite our magnificent Town Hall, which is nearing the completion of its £325M intensive five-year restoration. With the event themed as 'Our Town Hall,' we were treated to an exclusive update on the progress of the project by Tom Waterson, a senior Project Director at Arup, who shared behind-the-scenes images and live-streamed footage.


Nestled in the heart of Albert Square, The Fountain House served as an enchanting venue for our lunch, setting the stage for the gathering. K-Club members and guests enjoyed a beautifully presented two-course lunch and curated wines, with the restaurant's refined ambiance seamlessly complementing the grandeur of our Town Hall-themed event.


Following the lunch, Tim Griggs, a K-Club member and Director at Arup, introduced our speaker, Tom Waterson. Since its inception in 2017, Tom has been a lead project director overseeing the restoration of the Town Hall. His insider view on the progress fascinated attendees as he shared incredible facts and historical insights about the meticulous restoration process. The preservation of this Grade I listed landmark, renowned for its Neo-Gothic architecture and status as one of the city's most iconic structures, involves adhering to exacting specifications while incorporating modern technology and compliance standards.


After Tom's presentation, the audience participated in a Q&A session, deepening their understanding of the restoration project. The meeting concluded with Amanda Manson, K-Club's event director, announcing our upcoming calendar of events. We're thrilled to invite you to our wine tasting and pinchos summer social event, to be held at Beeswing Wine Bar & Kitchen at KAMPAS — a new and exciting alfresco venue in Manchester. Tickets are available for non-members on our website, but don't forget, K-Club members enjoy complimentary access to all events as part of their membership package.



The May 2023 K-Club lunch event was a fabulous experience that celebrated both our entrepreneurial community and the ongoing restoration of Manchester's historic Town Hall. We extend our gratitude to Tom Waterson for his insights and thank all attendees for their presence and engagement. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates and information about future events.

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