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Downtown Boss named as UK CEO of the Month

Leading business publication Corporate Vision has named Downtown chief executive Frank McKenna as the CEO of the month (UK) for May. The award comes following Downtown’s success in gaining a £250,000 investment from Funding Circle at the back end of last year; and a first quarter performance in 2017 that ...

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Downtown to open London office

The move to the UK's capital is part of the organisations expansion plans – but does not signal the establishment of a Downtown London network. Downtown chief executive Frank McKenna explained: “The new space will enable us to organise events in the capital with some of the key national decision ...

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Reasons to be cheerful

Lord Jim O’ Neill, one of the key architects of the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative, was the keynote speaker at the Leeds Growth Strategy Summit on Wednesday morning. At a meeting of business and local government leaders, hosted by Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council at the offices ...

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Downtown wins 'Finest in Business' award

Downtown in Business is ‘Finest in Business’ according to national magazine Corporate Vision. The top of the class award was bestowed upon the business networking club and private sector lobbying organisation in the December issue of Corporate Vision. Downtown chief executive Frank McKenna commented: “I am delighted that we have ...

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Downtown Wins Quarter of a Million Pounds for Growth Plans

Downtown in Business has secured an investment of more than £250,000 to support its plans to establish the brand across the UK over the next three years. The business networking club and public affairs agency currently operates in Liverpool, Lancashire, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham and now its objective is to ...

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Members News

Skills shortage is top risk facing manufacturers, survey finds

New statistics, taken from a manufacturing industry survey by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, show that recruiting and retaining talent is a top risk for the sector. According to the results in RSM’s UK Manufacturing Monitor, almost half of the respondents confi

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RSM comments on NHS cyber attack

Commenting on the cyber attack which has reportedly affected NHS England, David Morris, technology risk assurance director at RSM said: ‘The source and nature of this particular attack is as yet unknown, through early indications suggest a directed malware attack which appe

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Transport for the North

Transport for the North, supported by KPMG, are undertaking a broad review of the transport skills available through its stakeholder base to understand future skills requirements and potential gaps through to 2050. This work is vital to the delivery of their Strategic Transport Plan. They're inviting you, through this survey, ...

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Self-taught gaming entrepreneur progresses to next level

A 22-year-old businessman is expanding his gaming controller modification business following a £30,000 loan from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF). Custom Controllers UK, Europe’s leading manufacturer for customised gaming controllers moved into its new 5,500 square foot premises in South Leeds and required additional funding to develop the warehouse. The ...

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