Even before its official launch, DLIB had hosted one of the hottest events held in the city for years, and set the standard for its future activities.
‘24/7’ looked at Liverpool’s aspirations to be a 24 hour city, and featured a superb interview between Mr. Manchester, the late, great, Tony Wilson, and Cream Supremo James Barton.
DLIB’s launch party took place on 10th May at Liverpool’s first Japanese restaurant, Sapporo, attracting 200 guests. Such was the interest in the new business club, an after show party was held at Colin’s Bridewell, attracting a further 150 people.
In association with the ‘Inner City 100’ Downtown held Liverpool’s first ever Business ‘Oscars’ at The Racquet Club; and the second annual ‘Livercool’ awards took place, with Phil Redmond picking up the main award.
In October, the inaugural Property Forum was held, and a campaign against Liverpool City Council’s proposed ‘tall buildings policy’ was launched.
DLIB also criticised the decision to abandon the development of the ‘Fourth Grace’; called for the establishment of a ‘Gay Quarter’ in the city; suggested that the Council appoint a ‘Business Champion’; and undertook a research project into attitudes about Liverpool’s business reputation.