No Time Relax…
DLIB hosted a record number of 27 events during Liverpool’s
Capital of Culture year, with the launch of the ‘Liverpool Business Week’ and a
spectacular fourth birthday party at the London Carriage Works among the
On the campaign front, Downtown joined a chorus of support
for the Superlambanana to stay in the city; the green light was given to the
establishment of a gay village; the Chief Executives of Liverpool Vision and
the Northwest Development Agency backed the ‘Liverpool Local’ initiative;
whilst a massive 86% of members supported DLIB’s view that a ‘zero tolerance’
approach to anti-social behaviour in the city centre should be adopted.
Downtown also teamed up with new all speech radio station
City Talk for its Cuban themed ‘Oscars’ evening, where Kim Hughes and Phil
Easton presented the major prize of the evening to Midas Capital.
‘Livercool’ 08 was full of highlights; a virtuoso
performance from top comedian John Bishop; the now infamous ‘Relax’ video;
Holly Wood (and that is her real name) inevitably winning the ‘sexy networker’
of the year title; and Simon Edwards named as Entrepreneur of the Year.
A stream of activity, including the opening of Liverpool
ONE, La Machine and the MTV Awards had Liverpool in the headlines for all the
right reasons – and the city could even celebrate the end of the ‘big dig’!
As Downtown launched a new digital magazine, it continued to
attract top speakers; but none more energetic, nor entertaining, than the
former Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council, Derek Hatton, who gave a robust
defence of his time in office in an interview with Jim Hancock during Business
Week, aired on no less than three occasions by City Talk.
In Preston, Downtown strongly criticised Blackburn
and Blackpool for objecting to the multi million pound Tithebarn regeneration
project, and called on local authorities from across Lancashire to work in a
more cohesive and co-ordinated way.