Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has opened the doors of his two Manchester hotels to non-paying customers. The pundit-turnedsuccessful businessman has given over Hotel Football at Old Trafford and the newly launched Stock Exchange in Manchester city centre to provide free beds to health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. The two sites have been closed temporarily, with their 176 rooms offered to support healthcare professionals from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
Both sites are owned by GG Hospitality, the restaurant and hotel group founded by Neville and fellow former footballer
Ryan Giggs. The move has not only given healthcare workers a safe, comfortable, welcoming place to stay after long and challenging shifts working to save lives, but it also has safeguarded the jobs of GG Hospitality staff – the company announced no member of staff would be made redundant or put on unpaid leave.
GG Hospitality CEO, Winston Zahra, says: “We are living in unprecedented times and we have taken these decisions in the most responsible way possible.