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The COMBAS will return

Wednesday 15th september 2021 at the lowry hotel


DIB celebrates the best of Manchester business

Wednesday 15th September 2021 saw the return of the City of Manchester Business Awards after a pandemic enforced hiatus for almost 18 months.

The awards, hosted by Downtown Manchester, took place at the fabulous Lowry Hotel and was sponsored by Qube Residential.

After almost 18 months of restrictions, DIB was finally able to welcome over 200 of the cities leading business personalities to celebrate the great and the good of the Manchester business community.

Among the big winners on the day were Capital & Centric who took home the Business of the Year award, Thom Hetherington from Holden Media and Jessica Bowles from Bruntwood who took home the Man and Woman of the Year Awards respectively and Gary Neville who received the Tony Award, which rewards and individual who has made a significant contribution to the city of Manchester.

Downtown CEO and Group Chairman, Frank McKenna, commented; “It was a pleasure to welcome back some of the leading business personalities from across Manchester to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of these business leaders.

The past 18 months have been difficult for many businesses and DIB is incredibly proud to be able to acknowledge that and celebrate some amazing achievements in incredibly challenging times.

I would also like to thank our headline sponsors Qube Residential, our fabulous venue The Lowry Hotel and everyone who attended and made it a truly special night.”

headline sponsor

The Winners

Male Networker of the Year 2021

Tom Ansbro, The Lowry Hotel

Female Networker of the Year 2021

Charlotte Felton, Manchester Hospitality Network

Community Impact Award 2021

Manchester Central

Employer of the Year 2021

Project Four Safety

Employee of the Year 2021

Heather Gray, Bruntwood

customer focussed business of the yeAR 2021

Western Union Business Solutions

Venue of the Year 2021


Hospitality personality of the Year 2021

Scott Brown, INNSiDE by Melia

Business Development Personality of the Year 2021

Cerys Tonk, Harvey Nichols

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Liam Manton, Didsbury Gin

Recruitment Company of the Year 2021

Sixty-Eight People

Law Firm of the Year 2021

Kennedys Law

Financial Services Firm of the Year 2021


PR & Marketing Agency of the Year 2021


Digital & Creative Agency of the Year 2021


Property Company of the Year 2021

Morgan Sindall

The Decade of Excellence Award 2021


Man of the Year 2021

Thom Hetherington, Holden Media/NRB

Woman of the Year 2021

Jessica Bowles, Bruntwood

Business of the Year 2021

Capital & Centric

Zellar Sustainability Award 2021

Menagerie Restaurant & Bar

CEO'S Award 2021

CEO’s Award 2021
Lisa Morton, Roland Dransfield

The Tony Award 2021

Gary Neville, GG Hospitality

#COMBA22. Will you be there?