ABOUT FRANK MCKENNA

Frank McKenna is the founder and chief executive of Downtown in Business. Before establishing the Downtown brand Frank was a full time politician, serving as the leader of the North West Regional Assembly, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council and a Parliamentary Assistant. He was also the chairman of economic development company Lancashire Enterprises, and at the time Insider magazine described him as ‘the most powerful politician in the North West.’ The Financial Times said he was ‘New Labour’s man in the North.’

Since entering the world of business, Frank has served on the Merseyside Entrepreneurship Commission; Liverpool Vision’s Strategic Planning board; and advisory boards on both the Lancashire and Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership’s. From 2008-2013 he was a Non Executive Director of a hospital trust board.

With an impressive list of connections in both the public and private sector Frank is now acknowledged as one of the most influential business voices in the region. A regular public speaker, contributor to television news programmes and to business and political publications.

He spends his spare time at the gym, Goodison Park and with his family.

"THE BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY REMAINS LONG AFTER THE SWEETNESS OF LOW PRICE IS FORGOTTEN"

LATEST NEWS FROM FRANK

Blogs

Having a gaffe

This week Frank McKenna reflects on an inauspicious start to the election campaign for both main parties; comments on the Manifesto for the North; and offers support for a Conservative politician in Birmingham.
Blogs

I hope they all lose – and they just might

“A December General Election is about as welcome as a hedgehog in a nudist colony” – Downtown boss Frank McKenna blogs about the forthcoming poll.
Blogs

PM to miss his deadline leaving the UK deadlocked

This week Frank McKenna reflects on another turbulent week for the government and Brexit as PM Johnson looks set to miss his 31st October deadline – but our CEO isn’t expecting Boris to ‘die in a ditch’ anytime soon.
Blogs

The Party’s Over

As another high-profile MP quits the party and they slip 15 points behind the Tories in the polls, Frank Mckenna questions the future prospects of Labour in his latest blog.
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