COMBA22 celebrates the best of Manchester

Over 240 of Manchester's leading business personalities gathered at the Lowry Hotel for the City of Manchester Business Awards 2022 hosted by Downtown in Business and this year sponsored by Franking Sense®. Winners included Bruntwood SciTech, Natalie Atkinson from FC United and Maria Murphy from Roland Dransfield PR.
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Downtown in Business Manchester hosted the latest edition of its annual City of Manchester Business Awards gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 8th September 2022. This year’s sell out event was sponsored by national office technology company, Franking Sense®.

The awards saw over 240 of the city’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs gather at the stunning Lowry Hotel to celebrate the achievements of Manchester’s incredible business community.

The awards, hosted by BBC presenter and Downtown Manchester chair, Jacey Normand, alongside DIB’s Political Editor, Jim Hancock, celebrated companies and entrepreneurs that have made a successful and significant contribution to economic growth in the city region.

With sixteen awards handed out on the evening, there was a wide array of winners across a number of different sectors that were recognised for their achievement over the past twelve months. Winners included Bruntwood SciTech, Natalie Atkinson from FC United and Maria Murphy from Roland Dransfield PR who took home the Business of the Year, Tony Wilson Award and CEO’S Award respectively.

Commenting on the awards, Downtown CEO and Group Chairman, Frank McKenna said; “What an incredible night and a bunch of really deserving winners. The quality of the shortlists this year was fantastic and all nominees are thoroughly deserving of the recognition of their tremendous performance over the past twelve months.”

“A massive congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all of our sponsors and partners on the evening. The room dressing was fantastic so a huge thank you to the Festive Group, The Lowry Hotel were superb, as they are every year, and it was great to raise some money for We Love MCR charity.”

“Finally, it was great to have Franking Sense® as our headline sponsor for #COMBA22. We have worked with them for a number of years now and Daniel, Julian and the whole Franking Sense® team epitomise everything that #COMBA celebrates. We are delighted they were headline sponsor for #COMBA22.”

“It was another great Downtown evening and we look forward to doing it all again in another twelve months and celebrating and recognising even more fantastic businesses and entrepreneurs at #COMBA23.

The full list of winners can be found below.

If you would like to get involved or find out more information on #COMBA23, contact or call 0151 245 7288.

For more information about upcoming Downtown events and how you can get involved with DIB, please contact


BDM/Salesperson of the Year 2022
Christie Commins, Kier

Newcomer of the Year 2022
Staycity Aparthotels Northern Quarter

Legal Firm of the Year 2022
Excello Law

Creative and Digital Agency of the Year 2022
Huddled Media

Leading Cultural Venue of the Year 2022

Hotel of the Year 2022

Restaurant/Bar of the Year 2022
Piccolino Caffé Grande

Architect of the Year 2022
DB3 Architecture

Financial Servies Firm of the Year 2022
Deloitte UK

Developer of the Year 2022
MUSE Developments

Contractor of the Year 2022
Russell WBHO

Employer of the Year 2022
Make Events

Business Personality of the Year 2022
Chris Oglesby, Bruntwood

CEO’S Award 2022
Maria Murphy, Roland Dransfield PR

The Tony Wilson Award 2022
Natalie Atkinson, FC United

Business of the Year 2022
Bruntwood SciTech

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