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Catering Opportunity

Contract three years with two year extension opportunity

People’s History Museum (PHM), the national museum of democracy based in Manchester are pleased to advertise the formal tender of the museum’s catering provision and invite submissions from suitably qualified, enterprising and experienced caterers.  This is an exciting opportunity to provide the catering at a high profile, city centre visitor attraction.

The museum is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities.  PHM is a registered charity, overseen by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for the strategic direction of the museum.  Welcoming 125,000 visitors a year, admission to PHM is free and the museum currently holds a rating of 4.5 on TripAdvisor, where it is listed in the ‘Top 10 things to do’ in Manchester.

PHM tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.  A favourite with families, event organisers and tourists, the museum’s dynamic offer features two permanent galleries, a powerful programme exploring annual themes through onsite and online events and award winning exhibitions, an internationally significant archive collection, specialist conservation service and a unique gift shop.

PHM will work in partnership with the successful caterer to provide an exceptional visitor experience, and to support the future development of the museum’s catering offer.  We are particularly keen to hear from caterers bringing passion, enthusiasm and innovation.  This opportunity offers an exciting proposition for caterers who share the museum’s values and mission.  We envisage that the opportunity may suit established caterers looking for their next challenge and development prospect.

The contract basis is likely to be a minimum of three years with a two year extension opportunity, however there is room for negotiation on contract terms, so proposals are welcome.  Guidelines on the financial expectations are provided in the full tender information pack.

For all enquiries relating to this opportunity, please contact Sarah Miguel, Head of Business Development at

Further information


To apply:

  • Email proposals to by 5.00pm on Monday 4 January 2021
  • Shortlisted caterers will be notified by Tuesday 12 January 2021
  • Interviews will be held on Monday 18 January 2021


Please indicate when emailing your proposal if you are unable to make the interview date.

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