Tributes have been paid to Manchester hotel and bar owner Mark Cain, who died at the weekend.
The co-owner of Velvet on the city's Canal Street was a well-known personality in Manchester's hospitality scene. He ran the hotel, bar and restaurant along with Velvet Central, a bar close to Albert Square.
Manchester Pub and Club Network spokesman Phil Burke told the Manchester Evening News: "He was well respected by members of the bar and club community.
"He always had a smile and would always help those starting out in the trade with advice. He was inspirational to others.
"He made a massive contribution to the economy of the Village with his investment. He put in a lot of his own money and employed hundreds of people. He took a gamble and it paid off with his hotel, which is considered one of the best in Manchester."
Tributes were also made on Twitter. The Abode Manchester Twitter feed said: "Such a sad day for the industry in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to Mark Cain's family, friends and colleagues. A huge loss."