Downtown in Business Events

Downtown in Business prides itself on hosting an eclectic mix of quality events that suit ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders. Breakfast gatherings over coffee; lunches with top speakers; premier gala awards and exclusive, intimate ‘invitation only’ dinners are among the range of networking opportunities we offer to our members. The very best hotels, restaurants and conference spaces are where this exciting programme of activity is presented; some of the regions very best politicians and business leaders are among our speakers; ambitious, modern, high growth business owners and entrepreneurs make up our audiences. Here is a brief description of the regular events that Downtown organises in a commercial arena that gives you the very best platform to showcase your business.


Leading politicians and decision makers regularly address Downtown members on key activity affecting economic development, commerce and the topical political debates and business issues of the day. Providing intelligence on the policies that matter to you the Briefing Room events take place on a quarterly basis and generally attract around 70-100 business leaders. A great opportunity of keeping in touch with public affairs and policy issues at a local, regional, national and international level, whilst connecting with business peers in your region. Briefing Room’s are hosted by Downtown chief executive Frank McKenna; Political commentator Jim Hancock; BBC correspondent Jacey Normand; and Urban Communications managing director Kevin Johnson.


Leading entrepreneurs, business owners and opinion formers present advice, tips and anecdotes relating to their business successes (and failures), and offer guidance, support and views on the existing business climate. A fantastic way of learning from those who have ‘been there and done it’, keep abreast of changes in a range of key business areas including professional services, marketing and finance, whilst networking with businesses with a high growth mind-set. If you want to be informed and inspired in equal measure, these unique sessions are a must-attend!


An entertaining and useful ninety-minute lunch at a top local restaurant or Hotel, with a leading contributor from the region. These popular quarterly gatherings are always a sell out! Quality contacts, a quality speaker and quality food is always on the menu for these excellent Downtown get together’s.


The legendary Downtown evening event that attracts up to 200 business leaders who are looking to ‘work hard and play hard’. No boring speeches, no sales pitches and no three minute ‘elevator’ presentations, this is modern networking in a modern setting! Great connections can be made in a relaxed, social environment – and sexy networking offers the ideal backdrop to do just that.


These morning sessions have that fabulous Downtown buzz as Members connect over great coffee, bacon butties (with a veggie option if that’s your preference), followed by an inspirational presentation from a leading personality from the business community. Informal, it may be, but there is business to be won; motivation to be absorbed and fun to be had too. A great way to start your business day, sample the ambience of a leading city venue and get to know a good number of business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the region.


The Clans is a social get together of business leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers wanting to meet with likeminded people. Downtown Lancashire invites partnerships from other business Membership organisations from the region to join forces and forge relationships, ensuring a “gathering” of the best the county can offer at these well attended and fun events.


Hosted by a member of the DIB executive team, these exclusive dinners are held in some of the top private dining rooms in the city. A leading politician, decision maker or entrepreneur leads a dynamic discussion over a three-course meal, with fifteen of Downtown’s partners, sponsors and VIP members enjoying a unique networking opportunity in an intimate but informal environment.


With a direct feed into Local Authority policy, the Downtown Power Panel is an unmissable event for senior executives from key growth sectors who are looking to shape their region’s growth agenda. Since launching, the event has established itself as a powerful vehicle to allow decision makers from a range of sectors to discuss the pressing issues in their industry with trusted colleagues, and to build strong relationships with business associates. This unrivalled opportunity to connect with key decision makers from your target sectors, whilst influencing public policy, make Power Panel events vital dates in the region’s corporate calendar.


An annual week of eclectic conversations and discussions on a variety of business and political topics, led by some of the regions’ top speakers. Each region enjoys its own exclusive week, and the events programme includes policy and enterprise forums, Roundtable discussions and an ‘Invitation only’ dinner.


Downtown in Business has taken office space in London. The move to the UK’s capital is part of the organisations expansion plans – but does not signal the establishment of a Downtown London network.
The new space will enable us to organise events in the capital with some of the key national decision makers and inspirational entrepreneurs who are London-based. This new programme of exclusive events will be open to our members from the regions; and we will be reaching out to the London business community to connect them with our membership too.


Downtown hosts a range of gala award dinners across its five regions, celebrating the success of businesses and individuals from the world of commerce. Our awards events are recognised as unique, dynamic, exciting, fun – and not-to-be-missed. The incredible Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, Manchester’s Cathedral and exclusive Lancashire hotel Stanley House are among the venues that have played host to DIB’s premier award evenings.


DIB hosts an annual conference in each Downtown region, with a ‘marketplace’ of exhibitors; a range of great speakers and an opportunity for 150 to come together to discuss, debate and connect.