During its first full year, Downtown started to gain a reputation for hosting the swankiest events for the glitterati of the city.
The ‘Sexy Networking’ brand was introduced; the inaugural gala awards ‘Oscars’ were hosted at the spectacular Sefton Park Palm House; the third annual ‘Livercool’ awards sold out in record time; and DLIB hosted a fashion show at Cavern Walks in association with Vivienne Westwood.
Downtown members were treated to a comprehensive presentation by Grosvenor’s Rod Holmes on how the ‘Paradise Project’ would transform the city centre; and DLIB’s positive influence on two of its newer members was apparent when Liverpool won the Champions League, and Everton qualified for the same competition for the first time, finishing fourth in the Premiership.
On the campaign front, DLIB called for a streamlining on the number of agencies involved in running the city; and backed the idea of an elected Mayor for Liverpool.
Other issues included the much anticipated tram scheme coming off the rails, and an unholy row breaking out between the leading honcho’s at Liverpool City Council