DQ Launched as Downtown Manchester Takes off
Manchester became Downtown’s third destination, with Sir Howard Bernstein and 150 of the city’s business leaders helping to launch DMIB at a stupendous party hosted by Cloud 23 at the Hilton hotel in March. Three months later and the first edition of DQ magazine was published.
In Lancashire we asked the question, is Preston a city in name only? This debate sparked a whole range of controversies and discussions which, sadly, are still to be resolved.
Back in Liverpool, Downtown hosted the very first ‘Leaders Debate’ between Liberal Democrat Warren Bradley and
Labour’s Joe Anderson. Six weeks later Anderson led his party to victory for the first time in twelve years. He adopted DLIB’s suggestion of a business champion, appointing David Wade Smith – and took on the job as a full time position.
It was a busy year for Frank McKenna who started to present his radio programme ‘City Talks Business’ on 105.9fm; and he offered us all the benefit of his top five male grooming tips!