Food, friends and holiday reading tips at our summer lunch

Tickets are available for our annual summer lunch.

Join us for an afternoon of networking with people from all sectors across the North West, in a relaxed and informal environment.

Brian Groom

Our guest speaker will be Brian Groom is a journalist and author, who will be talking with our editor Michael Taylor about his latest book Made in Manchester: A People’s History of the City that Shaped the Modern World which was published in May 2024.

Originally from Stretford, Brian went to Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, before starting work as a sports editor in Goole, Yorkshire.

Most of his career was spent at the Financial Times, where he did many of the top writing and editing jobs, including being political editor and an assistant editor, but he also spent ten years in Scotland, where he launched and later edited Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman‘s Sunday paper.

He retired from the Financial Times in 2014 and moved to Greenfield, Saddleworth, in Greater Manchester. His book Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day (2022) became a national bestseller.

He will be available to sign copies of his book, and The House of Books and Friends will be providing a stall.

The food and setting will be great with a BBQ lunch that will satisfy your taste buds, featuring a variety of meats, vegetarian options, and sides.

Click here to book your ticket.

What to expect:
🥂 Welcome drink on arrival
🍔 BBQ lunch included
🌟 Networking opportunity
💼 Connect with like-minded professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders