Swanky Manchester aparthotel Native has announced it will give away 222 rooms for free this year to mark 2022.
Situated in a converted warehouse just a stone’s throw from the Northern Quarter and Manchester Piccadilly rail station, Native is one of the leading lifestyle aparthotels in the UK.
Known for its stylish, spacious and dog-friendly accommodation spanning lofts, studios and duplex penthouses, the complex features 166 individually designed large self-contained luxury apartments with a separately-operated bar, mini cinema and restaurant below.
Already incredibly popular with the Northern Quarter and Ancoats crowd, now the hotel group has announced details of a year-long room giveaway – in addition to 20% off room discounts, 50% food and an invite for kids to eat for free during holidays.*
Launching on 22 February, Native Manchester will begin the giveaway this month with 22 free rooms.
More free accommodation will be up for grabs throughout the year as the hotel group celebrates different occasions.
During the Queen’s jubilee, for example, the hotel plans to make 70 rooms available to commemorate her 70th anniversary as monarch.
In order to get your hands on a free room, you’ll have to sign up to the ‘Be Native’ community where users can unlock special offers, such as prizes and discounts by playing quirky games.
The offers you can redeem are valid on stays across all Native Places aparthotels in the UK, as well as dining offers at Manchester Native only.
Native Places’ locations beyond Manchester include London, Glasgow an Edinburgh, spanning a total of six unique aparthotels across the UK.
Just like the site in Manchester, each breathes new life into an historic building, be that a historical estate, the former home of the Anchor Line shipping company with original features dating to 1906, or a converted tea warehouse.
Native Manchester at Ducie Street Warehouse is one of the only places in Manchester to offer leisure staycations with large self-contained luxury apartments offering a truly home from home stay.
Native Manchester is an award-winning aparthotel that features 166 individually designed apartments, including studios, loft apartments and eight duplex penthouses with private terraces offering panoramic views across the city.
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The UK could be at risk of a roast potato shortage this Christmas
Ok, we don’t mean to alarm you but, according to the latest reports, Christmas dinner plates could be at risk of scrimping on a major component as there is a threat of a roast potato shortage this holiday season.
Please, for the love of all things holy and festive, no — we’ll do anything protect our roasties and gravy.
While there’s often talk of supermarket shortages and supply problems when it comes to the busiest time of year, it seems that the Great British potato-loving people might genuinely have to cut back on the amount of roast spuds we were intending over the next few months due to recent storms.
Following what has already gone down as one of the toughest harvest on record, the yield of potato crops have been hit hard by the ‘Autumn washout’, with fields being waterlogged by the likes of Storm Babet, Ciarán, Debi and more, meaning that farmers have been unable to harvest lots of their produce.
Farmer James Lacey explained how there is around £200,000 worth of potatoes that he and his team simply can’t harvest and that they are struggling to hold on to those already pulled out, as even such sturdy vegetables as potatoes just “don’t like this kind of weather and aren’t storing very well”.
This is just the story of farmer’s plot of land too; unfortunately, current figures project that roughly 20% of this autumn’s potato crop has been flooded and will likely be unsalvageable, with the majority of rotting spuds only fit for animal feed.
Although the figures are still unclear, it is estimated that the latest potato crop is tipped for a record low of 4.1 milllon tonnes — for context, on average and in their various forms, Brits eat around 250m potatoes at Christmas every year.
Sadly, it doesn’t stop there either as due to the almost unprecedented rainfall over the last few months and back-to-back storms, combined with the increasingly frosty conditions now creeping across the UK, the likes of broccoli, carrots, parnsips are all under threat.
As a result, retailers are already being forced to supplement their supplies from cold storage which, obviously, isn’t endless.
With shortages of different vegetables are increasing week upon week and as well as the impact it is having in restaurants already, the knock-on effect it may have on supermarkets with people raiding the freezers to get frozen roasties at the ready just in case could be massive.
The recent miserable weather isn’t getting any better either as the North West is one of many regions that has been hit by a cold snap this week, with the Met Office and UKHSA issuing an amber health alert.
Manchester secures £5.2m funding to build ‘supported accommodation’ for rough sleepers
Manchester has secured a whopping £5.2 million in funding to build new ‘supported accommodation’ designed to house rough sleepers.
After an application submitted to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP) has been approved this week, Manchester City Council says it’s eager to help the former homeless “rebuild their lives”.
This means that, by working in partnership with housing and support providers Humankind, Jigsaw, and Great Places, the Council will oversee the creation of 42 units of supported housing across three different schemes.
The schemes are for single people with a history of rough sleeping and longer-term support needs.
According to the Council, these people will stay in this accommodation and receive personalised support until they are ready to “take the next step to independent living”.
This new £5.2 million funding allocation from the Government covers both the cost of creating the accommodation – which must be completed by March 2025 at the latest – and revenue funding to help run it for its first three years of opening.
“We are working with a range of partners to tackle the homelessness challenge on all fronts, from prevention in the first place to helping people into permanent, settled homes,” explained Cllr Joanna Midgley, who is the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
“Securing this £5.2m funding for the city will help us create much-needed extra accommodation for those being helped off the streets who need significant long-term support before they are ready to live independently.
“It’s only part of a wider response but it will be a welcome addition to the accommodation and support available.”
The news of the successful application comes after the Council published its plan to get rough sleepers off the streets of Manchester and into temporary accommodation this winter back in early November.