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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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Special Award to be presented at COMBA

A special award to commemorate Sir Howard Bernstein’s contribution to the city will be presented at the annual City of Manchester Business Awards on 22nd June. The former council chief executive has been an enthusiastic and consistent supporter of event host, Downtown in Business, and the chief executive of the private ...

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Downtown boss predicts Labour mayoral hat-trick

The Labour Party maybe facing electoral disaster in the General Election next month. However, Downtown in Business chief executive Frank McKenna is predicting a Labour hat-trick in next week’s mayoral elections in the Liverpool city region, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands. Commenting on the first ever regional mayoral elections ...

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MIPIM Reflections and Tributes to Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard Bernstein was joined this week by a panel of experts from Manchester’s property sector, to report on the City’s recent delegation to MIPIM in the South of France. Downtown Manchester hosted the packed annual post MIPIM event at the fabulous Memorial Hall at The Albert Square Chop House. ...

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Business leader backs powerhouse Commonwealth bid

The chief executive of Downtown in Business, Frank McKenna, has backed plans for a Liverpool – led Commonwealth Games bid – supported by Manchester. Following the news that Durban had lost the right to host the 2022 games, the UK is seen by many as the most likely destination for ...

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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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Greater Manchester's first elected Mayor

Andy Burnham managed to buck the national trend last week with his impressive victory in Greater Manchester’s first mayoral election, securing 63% of the vote during the first round and leaving his competition floundering, even in the more Conservative leaning areas of the conurbation such as Trafford and Stockport. A ...

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