Taylor is now the chairman of Downtown Manchester in Business, and has been since 2012. However, his association with DIB goes back a lot further than that. He was introduced to Frank McKenna by Tony Wilson pre Downtown, and so as Editor of leading Northwest media brand Insider, he took a keen interest in what the former politician was up to.
His magazine followed the Downtown journey with interest, heavily featuring the plans to establish a new business club in the city of Liverpool in 2003; and then famously describing Downtown as ‘the Chamber of Commerce with hair gel.’ Once he had decided he was leaving Insider, McKenna was quick to offer him a role with Downtown in Manchester commenting, “He is one of the brightest, well networked people I know. “He is an incredibly innovative thinker. He has been an advocate of the Downtown brand long before he joined us, and as our chairman in Manchester, he has added weight and credibility to the organisation.”
An author, an accomplished MC and media commentator and an asset to Downtown, Taylor will be even more important to DIB over the next decade.