Blogs from Downtown in Business

When will the madness end?

Another week, and another seven days worth of shambolic leadership from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Hardly a day goes by nowadays without the major political parties being engulfed with one crisis or another. On the menu this week, Windrush and Anti-Semitism. The abject failings of the government in respect of […]

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Elected mayors: First year report

Last May the city regions of Manchester and Liverpool underwent the biggest change in local government since the Metro counties were abolished over thirty years ago. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram were elected to give a voice to these conurbations and were given powers over strategic functions. Whatever criticisms there may be of what they […]

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The Business Club with Influence

Downtown in Business has become one of the most influential business organisations in the North of England and the West Midands in recent years. Our work supporting devolution deals, the establishment of elected mayors, and our strategic partnerships with a range of public sector agencies, means that we are acknowledged as the ‘go to’ business […]

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Irritating agonising

Two areas of current debate are irritating me. One is what to do about Syria, the other what to do about representing the centre ground in British politics. The issues are totally different, but they have this in common; futile, even dishonest, hand ringing by politicians. SYRIA: ASSAD WILL WIN It gives me no pleasure […]

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Channel Four national base in Liverpool?

MERSEY CHANNEL Channel 4’s new “national base” should be in Liverpool. The city has a great cultural tradition and potential location sites that would surely be attractive to staff currently working in their cramped Horseferry Road headquarters. It would have the full support of the Liverpool City Region mayor, Steve Rotheram, who has recently launched […]

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