The Downtown Podcast
Downtown Den #008 | The Liverpool Visitor Economy

Downtown Den #008 | The Liverpool Visitor Economy

March 27, 2020

Leading personalities from Liverpool’s hospitality sector visited the Downtown Den to discuss the challenges, trials, tribulations and solutions in an honest discussion about the state they’re in.

Downtown Den #007 | Taking Care of Business - Paul Cheetham in the Den

Downtown Den #007 | Taking Care of Business - Paul Cheetham in the Den

March 27, 2020

The Managing Director of financial firm Sedulo, Paul Cheetham, brought his big personality into the Downtown Den to give us a lively interpretation of what the many government pronouncements on financial help for business actually mean. He tells us how you can access the help you need NOW and discusses some of those more intricate issues that we still need answers to. For those who want to find out more about Paul’s journey and his approach to business, we would highly recommend his best selling book ‘Taking Care of Business’.

Downtown Den #006 | The State of Play

Downtown Den #006 | The State of Play

March 26, 2020

The Head of Business Support for Birmingham, Abby Goldie was joined in the Downtown Den by Ben and Antony, two ex-royal marines and co-founders of ‘Find Your Edge Coaching’. Hear Ben and Antony’s strategies of combating the virus, mental-fitness and resilience during these unprecedented times.

Downtown Den #005 | Liverpool can look forward to a property boom post-virus crisis

Downtown Den #005 | Liverpool can look forward to a property boom post-virus crisis

March 26, 2020

Two of the Northwest’s leading property personalities Tom Higgins (Laing O'Rourke) and Alan Robson (Project Four Safety Solutions) have their say in the Den and give us reasons to be cheerful; the new Everton FC Stadium, the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool’s central role as a location of excellence for science, health and innovation.

Downtown Den #004 | Birmingham is staying strong

Downtown Den #004 | Birmingham is staying strong

March 26, 2020

Our Birmingham Downtown Chairman called into the Den to discuss what the business landscape looked like for the West Midlands – commenting on politics, the charitable sector and education – with some high praise for Andy Street, Andy Burnham and the Chancellor.

Downtown Den #003 | The Young Ones

Downtown Den #003 | The Young Ones

March 25, 2020

Downtown Director, Chris McKenna was joined by four young entrepreneurs to look back on the week that was, implications and opportunities for their business, the transition to remote working and plans for this week. And of course, we asked them who their #BusinessHeroes have been.

Huge thanks to Ross Green, MD of Embryo Digital, Antonio Giansante, MD of BGN, Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Director of Making You Content and Partner of accountancy firm Williamson & Croft, Dan Moon for coming into the 'Downtown Den.'

Downtown Den #002 | Alison McGovern

Downtown Den #002 | Alison McGovern

March 24, 2020

The MP for Wirral South and Treasury Select Committee member Alison McGovern popped into the Downtown Den to talk with our CEO Frank McKenna about the Chancellor’s announcement on Friday, the government’s handling of the crisis so far, the Labour leadership saga and footy!

Downtown Den #001 | Hospitality Sector | The Northern Powerhouse

Downtown Den #001 | Hospitality Sector | The Northern Powerhouse

March 24, 2020

Downtown's Heads of Events, Helen Bamford caught up with some of the hospitality sector to discuss the past week (W/C 16th Mar) and highlighted some challenges in their industry as well as highlighting some #BusinessHeroes. Huge thanks to Louise, Greg and Scott for contributing.

Episode #007 - A Frank Conversation with… Chrissie Wolfe

Episode #007 - A Frank Conversation with… Chrissie Wolfe

March 6, 2020

Chrissie Wolfe won the City of Birmingham Business Awards ‘Woman of the Year’ accolade in 2019. We couldn’t think of anyone better to have a ‘Frank Conversation’ with our chief executive to celebrate International Women’s Day than the West Midlands solicitor of ‘Law & Broader’ You Tube fame.  

Check out Chrissie's YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3R8Vz5RkOezmBXl59__Gg

 

Episode #006 - A Frank Conversation with… Paul Cheetham-Karcz

Episode #006 - A Frank Conversation with… Paul Cheetham-Karcz

February 27, 2020

Downtown boss Frank McKenna caught up with his accountant, Paul Cheetham, for his latest podcast. Paul isn’t a ‘normal’ accountant though. His firm, Sedulo, have developed one of the coolest business brands in its sector. They have offices in Manchester, Leeds and London and are about to establish their brand in Liverpool. And, Sedulo Founder Paul has written a best-selling business book.

Here Cheetham talks business, mental health, fitness, politics, and much more besides and offers a fascinating insight into the thoughts of a business owner/entrepreneur.