Award winning Downtown in Business (DIB) is the fastest growing business organisation in the North of England and the West Midlands, with offices in Liverpool, Lancashire, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham.

Downtown recently opened an office in London, to enable us to access key decision- makers who are based in the capital and we established our brand in Cheshire in 2018.

With a membership of over 900 companies from across the region, and a quality network of connections within the private and public sector, DIB is well placed to introduce you to your target client base and key decision makers, opinion formers and influencers.

Diverse Range of sectors

Our membership represents a diverse range of sectors and includes ambitious small and medium enterprises, alongside some of the biggest companies in the UK. DIB works in partnership with many public-sector agencies and quasi- public- sector organisations including the Bank of England, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, RSLs, and many other government departments.

Strategic partners

DIB also has strategic partnerships with the UK Space Agency (yes, really), New Economy Manchester, the Liverpool and Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Liverpool BID Company, Marketing Birmingham, and Liverpool Vision. DIB is an official supporter of the International Business Festival; and works in partnership with Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Lancashire on the property festival MIPIM and MIPIM UK.


In addition to offering excellent B2B services, DIB is a leading independent lobbying business group, and influences at local, regional, national, and international level.


DIB boasts an exclusive database of over 30,000 contacts and an additional 50,000 plus followers on social media platforms, enabling us to market and profile your organisation to our extensive list of supporters and followers.


Downtown in Business partners include commercial property company Bruntwood, social enterprise Recycling Lives, HR outsourcing business, High Performance Consultancy, financial firm Western Union, boutique accountants Sedulo, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, property developer Peel, construction company Laing O’ Rourke, Kier Construction and Mace.

In our sixteen years of business, it is estimated that Downtown has facilitated over £1.5Billion of deals that have included public-private sector partnerships, investments for our stable of ambitious growth companies from a variety of funding agencies, and B2B contracts.

The Property sector, professional services, digital & creative, and the visitor economy & hospitality are the sectors that are best represented within the Downtown membership.


“Downtown in Business is simply the very best organisation in its space. They deliver what they promise and more. They have literally facilitated more than £500,000 worth of deals for my business since we got involved with them. I can’t recommend DIB highly enough.”

Paul DuroseMD, Gas Tag

“The connections that Frank McKenna and DIB have to decision-makers in the public and private sectors is second to none”

Lisa GreigDirector, Shape Engineering

“You can waste a lot of time networking. DIB cuts to the chase and gets you in front of the people you want to meet and engage with, in double-quick time.”

Alan RobsonManaging Director, Project Four

“DIB reaches the parts other business clubs don’t reach.”

Sir Howard BernsteinFormer CEO, Manchester City Council

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