An Embassy, A Cathedral and a Winter Wonderland
The Downtown Preston brand became Downtown Lancashire as we started to attract increasing interest from across the county as the organisation stepped up its calls for a radical overhaul of local government structures in the region.
Downtown partnered with Liverpool City Council to establish a Liverpool ‘embassy’ in London, whilst also campaigning for a ‘yes’ vote to set up a Business Improvement District in the commercial area of the city – and ‘Livercool’ was a particularly spectacular occasion with the Crowne Plaza hotel transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the annual gala dinner!
In Manchester the inaugural City of Manchester Business Awards took place at the marvellous Cathedral, with the icon that is singing legend Rowetta providing equally marvellous entertainment to the 300 guests who saw council leader Sir Richard Leese rewarded for his services to Manchester.
Downtown continued to attract big hitters to its events with Lord Heseltine, Ed Miliband, Chuka Umunna and Chris Grayling among leading politicians addressing our members, along with entrepreneurs and opinion formers Toby Young, Steve Morgan and Matt Riley.
On the global business stage we lost the ‘entrepreneur of entrepreneurs’ Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away in October of this year.