Downtown Means Business…
As Liverpool celebrated its 800th birthday, DLIB celebrated further success for its lobbying activities as Phil Redmond was given a leading role within the Culture Company and three regeneration agencies, Vision, Liverpool Land Development Company and Business Liverpool were merged into one body.
The private sector champion also hosted a major conference, ‘Liverpool Means Business’ attracting over 200 delegates, whilst launching the ‘Liverpool Local’ initiative – calling on greater opportunities to be given to local companies in public sector procurement procedures; and campaigning against the introduction of legislation that would give local authorities the power to raise a Supplementary Business Rate.
Downtown’s events continued to attract some influential figures, with contributions made from a host of leading decision makers, including the Chief Executive’s of both Liverpool City Council and the Mersey Partnership; the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne; and Manchester’s Sir Howard Bernstein.
DLIB hammered the powers that be for cancelling the Mathew Street festival and moving the Summer Pops to Aintree!
At a ‘Monopoly’ themed ‘Livercool’, cushion manufacturer Tony Caldeira won the Entrepreneur of the Year award; whilst the 400 plus guests were wowed by entertainment from China Crisis. Downing walked away with the major prize at the ‘Oscars’ event.
Having operated exclusively in Liverpool for three years, Downtown extended its reach to England’s newest city Preston, launching DPIB in April with a glittering party at Heathcotes in Winckley Square, attracting well over 150 of the city’s business leaders.