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Simon Danczuk has been appointed chairman of Downtown in Business London. Frank McKenna, Chief Executive and Group Chairman of Downtown, said: “We’re pleased to have Simon on board. I’ve known him in politics and business for well over 20 years. He will do a great job in helping us support businesses in London.”

Simon was a Member of Parliament from 2010 to 2017. He also served as a Blackburn with Darwen Councillor for eight years during the 1990s. He co-founded the Manchester based social and economic research agency Vision Twentyone in 1999 and ran it until entering Parliament.

With a degree in economic and political sociology from Lancaster University, Simon went on to work as a researcher for The Big Issue in the North and for Bolton Bury Training and Enterprise Council.

His 25-year track record in business and politics gives him the knowledge and experience to advise and support businesses throughout the UK. He is based in both London and Greater Manchester.

Simon said: “Working with Downtown is a real pleasure. They understand what helps businesses grow and achieve success. They have the skills and connections to ensure their members get the results they are looking for.

Becoming chairman of Downtown in London means I get to meet with really ambitious business people, broaden my knowledge of what makes a successful company, and offer my experience to those that are looking to widen their understanding of how politics and business interconnect.”