Taylor signs in as Downtown lands in Leeds
The great city of Leeds became Downtown’s fourth destination, with a grand launch party at the Corn Exchange in September, where shadow Treasury Minister and Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves addressed the 200 plus invited guests to the exclusive event.
A ‘Big Conversation’ was organised in Lancashire with businesses views being sought on everything from how the county was marketed through to its skills base and results fed through to the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership. Preston was the European City of Sport, and the Open Golf Championship retuned to Royal Lytham.
In Manchester the inaugural Smart City conference was held; the Global Entrepreneurship Congress came to Liverpool with Downtown hosting the ‘Global Brands, Global People’ fringe event; and the tenth annual ‘Livercool’ awards was held with an audience of 450 business leaders from the city who were treated to a ‘Roasting’ of Frank McKenna, followed by entertainment by the award winning Toni James band. The 50th ‘Sexy Networking’ event was hosted at the Hilton’s Playground.
One of Downtown Liverpool’s major campaigns finally delivered as the city opted to have an elected mayor for the first time.
The former editor of Northwest business publication Michael Taylor was appointed as chairman of Downtown Manchester in Business.