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5th Aug, 2017

The Manchester Young Talent Awards is the flag ship event of the JCI Manchester year. This is the time of year we invite members of the Manchester Business Community to celebrate anyone aged 18-40 and nominate them to receive an award on what is an evening designed recognise the contribution they have made each year to their workplaces, to their clients, to their colleagues and to our great city.

This year we will be accepting nominations in the following 12 categories:

Charity and Community Programme of the Year; Digital, Media and Creative Professional of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Finance Professional of the Year; Hospitality Professional of the Year; Legal Professional of the Year; Marketing and PR Professional of the Year; Property Professional of the Year; Rising Star; Start-Up Business of the Year; Talent and Recruiter of the Year; Team of the Year


Nominations will be open until Friday September 22nd 11.59pm so there’s still plenty of time to consider who you might nominate and why.

There’s any number of reasons to nominate. It’s rare that we get the opportunity to take a look at our team, our clients or our suppliers and show genuine appreciation for the efforts they make. Every workplace has them, those people that go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the job gets done. That arrive before 9am and are the last to leave in the evening. That are answering emails at weekends even when specifically instructed not to, and all for the good of a company, firm, organisation that they work with. They unknowingly form an irreplaceable cog in the organisational machine and inspire those around them through their dedication and hard work.

Each year we get a high number of nominations in each of the categories, and each year the judges comment on their quality, serving as a testimony to the quality of the talent we have in Manchester. Each year the prestige attached to one of these awards grows and grows and people are coming to realise that it is 100% something worth going for, both in terms of their own profile and career progression and also in terms of their inner sense of pride in what they have achieved!

But these aren’t the only reasons you should choose to nominate either yourself or someone you know. Apart from the fact that a well performing member of your team gains some long overdue recognition and that there is the prestige attached to winning such an award; why else would you consider nominating someone?

Well firstly, its free publicity! Even if you don’t make the short list your nomination will be carefully considered by a panel of judges who may previously have never even known you or your company existed! And, the selection of judges this year is as good as it’s ever been. Look out for our blog coming out soon that introdcues the judges.

That’s a good group of faces for you to shove your career merits in front of. Who knows what kinds of opportunities could open themselves up to you if the judges see them and are impressed.

Better still, If you end up making the shortlist for your category, your name will be publicly displayed on a number of occasions, both in the lead up to the awards ceremony via printed and social media outlets and on the award night itself, putting your individual/company profile in the faces of all the attendees and anyone who may read about it. It then goes without saying that the winners get more profiling still!    

Secondly, it demonstrates an appreciative company culture. Dale Carnegie in his book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ states that this is one of the most important principles in creating a workforce that actually want to work for you rather than just turn up and do the job each day for the pay check at the end of the month! Show them some genuine appreciation. Nothing says genuine appreciation like taking the time out of your day to fill out a nomination form for one of your employees who you believe has excelled and is worthy of an award.    

Finally, the evening itself is absolutely fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves). Every year the MYTA’s bar is raised in terms of the quality of the event. The entertainment is always first rate and the atmosphere is always fantastic. It’s 100% free to nominate so it really making it a true case of nothing to lose, everything to gain.

So start thinking about making a difference to someone’s year and nominate them for one of our prestigious MYTA awards. Nominations close on the 23rd September, so get nominating! For help and assistance with nominations contact us at

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5th Aug, 2017


We are quite the talented bunch in JCI Manchester! A recent success that we believe needs celebrating is our very own training and development director becoming a chartered accountant! As well as this Erin has recently secured a position at Mazars in central Manchester after having previously been at Grant Thornton. And all this while managing the busy JCI Manchester Training and Development Programme! 

Well done Erin!

JCI Manchester Team 

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5th Aug, 2017


26th July saw JCI Manchester's presdient Simon Anderson deliver a breakfast breifin on how the 4 horesmen of Disappointment, Disillusionment, Discomfort and Dismay can be your greatest teacher if you let.

Attended by a total of 10 people the audience were given an overview of the human psyche and why we naturally avoid the above and in place of it seek pleasure. It included a bit of Freud, a bit of Nietzsche and a bit of Maslow.

What the talk argued was that these 4 things are a natural part of life and should be seen as just as positive as when you have a success. To quote Connor McGreggor - 'You win or you learn...' That was the general jist of it. 

The concluding section gave the participants a frame work and philosophy to appraoch these challenges in the future all based on Simon's experience in starting (and closing down) a business, muay thai fighting and his recent qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

It was a very enjoyable talk and one that we hear will be duplicated for JCI Leeds!

Our next breakfast event is a Positve Body Image Panel event that will be held on the 30th August - venue to be confiirmed!

Look forward to seeing you there! 

JCI Manchester Team

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5th Aug, 2017

Between 7 and 9 July 2017, two of our board members, Vicky Biggs and Phoebe Benta, travelled down to Birmingham to attend JCI UK’s Leadership Excellence in Action Programme (better known as the LEAP Academy).  LEAP provides personal development opportunities to empower young people to create positive change within themselves and train tomorrow’s leaders today. 

Both Phoebe and Vicky graduated from the LEAP Academy.  Here is what Vicky had to say about the weekend…

“When I joined the JCI Manchester board in December 2016, our President Simon Anderson said to me that if I was only able to go to one JCI UK training event this year, I should definitely go to LEAP because it would transform my life!  It is fair to say therefore that I had high expectations going into the weekend and I was not left disappointed!  LEAP offered theoretical and practical training on leadership skills, personalities, methods and things like working in a team and learning how to delegate.  The LEAP weekend stretched my capabilities and pushed me outside my comfort zone.  However it has left me eager to take the next step in my leadership journey and I am excited to see what I can achieve both at work and within JCI.”

“I would also encourage anyone who is interested in developing their leadership skills to attend the LEAP Academy.  To date, it is the best JCI training event I have attended.  Lastly, I would like to thank Jo Mackfall and the rest of the LEAP team for organising such a fantastic weekend.”

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