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4th May, 2017

Jimmy Carr presenting Tuna Fish Media and Salford University the award for 'Best use of Social Media' 

Tuna Fish Media are a major player in the digital marketing world and are extremely well known in the Manchester business scene. They also happen to be JCI Manchester Coporate members, and have nominated one of their employees - Hannah Matthewman to be a JCI Manchester Board Member! Every year they go from strength to strength scooping up awards like they're pick and mix! Their latest achievement includes an award at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Awards in London for 'Best Use of Social Media' beating off competition from Facebook! This was for a campaign they did for Salford University, the information for which is below (taken directly from Salford University's website).

For Clearing in 2016 we wanted to direct potential students to the MatchMaker tool that we launched the previous year. MatchMaker is an online tool that allows potential students to enter their UCAS points and interests and then see a list of available courses that may suit them. With over 60,000 courses from across the UK going in to Clearing we knew we had to do something stand out. Given the style of the MatchMaker interface we looked to Tinder for inspiration and ultimately found our answer.  

We created a male and female profile on the popular dating app to encourage social interaction and to start a publicity stir. We backed this with targeted social media and an explainer video. We used local agency TunaFish (headed by alumni Sam Jones) and utilised Petal PR to help with media coverage.

“In a similar vein to our innovative MatchMaker tool, we wanted to make the clearing process as fun, reassuring and engaging as possible so embarked on this unique and disruptive marketing campaign," said Associate Director of Marketing Hannah Burchell. Whilst it was entertaining, it also ensured that students who enrolled were well suited to us and ultimately found the right course for them. This award recognises the hard work of the whole marketing team at Salford who helped make the campaign so successful.”

This really is a monumental achievement and will no doubt sky rocket Tuna Fish Media to higher heights than they are currently at. A huge well done from all of us here at JCI Manchester! 

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4th May, 2017

JCI Manchester Members just keep on astounding us! This week saw Phoebe Benta, our charity director who has recently launched the North West Charity Awards, appear on the radio to talk about her latest venture. For Phoebe, the aims of the awards are as follows...

"To promote and raise awareness and profiles for our charities and not-for-profit organisations. To honour, recognise, celebrate and promote outstanding professionals and best practices within our charities. The awards are aimed at recognising and showing appreciation to charities, social leaders and individuals across the sector who have made a positive impact; giving opportunities, refuge, care and guidance for some of our community’s most affected."

 It is a fantastic idea and Phoebe can 100% rely on the support from the JCI Manchester Chamber. We wish her all the best with her endeavour! If you know of anyone running a charity or community programme in the Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria areas plese send them to the website >>> HERE

You can listen to her interview on BBC Radio Manchester here (1 hour 9 minutes and 23 seconds in) -

You can listen to her interview on BBC Radio Lancashire here (3 hours 10 minutes in) -


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4th May, 2017

Celebrating 2 of our fantastic New Board Members...
by Simon Anderson on May 4, 2017 08:59


Celebrating 2 of Our fantastic New Members…

JCI Manchester has always been extremely lucky with the kind of member we attract. Ambitious, hard-working, and creative people who despite having very demanding full time jobs still find the time to go above and beyond for their JCI Chamber!

Vicky Biggs: Joined January 2017...

Vicky is a full time solicitor working for a company called Myerson’s in Altrincham. Since joining she has thrown herself into absolutely everything going. She immediately joined the 4 strong membership team being instrumental in event follow-up and with signing up corporate members. Her work place are so impressed that they are now seriously considering coming on as corporate members themselves. She has also put herself forward to be part of the Manchester Young Talent Awards organising committee which is no small task

She is also well and truly getting involved with what is without a doubt one of the greatest making use of the best selling points of JCI – the international scene! Early on in the year she applies for a senate bursary which can be used at any international event (probably World Congress!). As well as this she will be attending the European Multi-Twinning Weekend in Edinburgh this weekend, equipped with two bottles of Manchester’s finest Gin (Manchester 3 Rivers) and addressing all the attendees on behalf of the UK. Not bad for 4 months of involvement! Keep up the good work Vicky, it’s great to have you on board – excited to see everything you’ve done by the end of the year!


Cheryl Hill: Joined January 2017...

Cheryl has been nothing short of a life-saver! JCI Manchester has had no finance director for while leaving it with the president to sort out. You can imagine my delight when Cheryl put herself forward for the role. Leaving the role with this year’s president would have been a disaster of epic proportion. Thank God Cheryl stepped up. Since taking on the role she has well and truly taken control of the Chamber’s finances, ensuring we aren’t over spending, and doing some future planning to create a buffer fund for the future to ensure the chambers longevity. She too has joined the MYTA organising committee and is an integral part given her role as organiser for the Forever Manchester Charity birthday dinner this year which raised a total of £46,000. No small achievement.

She, like Vicky is throwing herself into all aspects of JCI life. This morning she received the excellent news that she has secured a place at the JCI European Academy in Sweden. A 5 day European level leadership academy where people from across Europe (who traditionally are incoming presidents) are trained in all elements of leadership in JCI. Again, it’s great to have you on board and look forward to seeing all that you achieve in 2017 and beyond!

This isn't to say that the rest of the board aren't doing brilliant work as well! Like I mentioned we are extremely lucky in Manchester to have a really passionate group of individuals, all of whom contribute to the efforts of everything that goes on in JCI Manchester! Keep up the good work everyone and lets keep the momentum going! 

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27th Apr, 2017

Full House at JCI Manchester's Musical Bingo Charity Event
by Simon Anderson on April 27, 2017 17:00




Last night saw us host our 2nd charity event of the 2017 calendar year at the always popular Botanist on Deansgate. Attendees arrived and were invited to grab their free drink and join for some networking activity. After being watered and fed the musical bingo began!

Musical Bingo works a lot like normal bingo, only rather than numbers it’s songs and artists. The in house pianist and singer (Martin) played and sang songs in a continuous loop while everyone blotted away, eagerly anticipating a line, 2 lines and a full house! There were such classics as John Denver, Mustang Sally, Scooter - The Logical Song and many more absolute classics from years gone by!

The event went down very well and in total we raised £450 for our nominated charity of the year Mancunian Way! Great work charity team and everyone who was involved! Thanks again to the Botanist for being excellent hosts!



Keep your eyes peeled for our next 2 events, which will be the relaunch of our public speaking competition with Eric Fitzpatrick and our much anticipated May Social which we are planning to hold at INNSIDE!


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24th Apr, 2017

The group pictured here walking along Great Whernside


JCI Manchester (plus Michael from JCI Yorkshire) took to the hills again with MTSG to lead a 15 strong group up and down the hills and across the moors of the Yorkshir Dales! Blessed again by the weather, the group started the walk with a slight (massive) detour which lead them up a pretty steep, boggy hill climb. But in true JCI/MTSG sprirt the group gritted it out getting on the high ground to enjoy the views! (Image above).

Starting in the beautiful village of Kettlewell, the walk took in the peaks of Great Whernside and Buckden Pike. It was a nice hilly loop walk across some pretty boggy terrain but the group soldiered on through despite the windy conditions on top. After reaching both peaks, the group with sun kissed faces finally made their way down into Starbotton (another little/massive detour) and down the river into Kettle well. What should have been a 12 mile hike actually ended up being a 15 mile hike. There were no regrets. It was a fantastic day! 

The next walk the intrepid adventurers will take part in is Helvelyn in the Lake District on Saturday 6th May! Feel free to book yourself on here. The more the merrier, no cost involved! 

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10th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester complete second 3 Peaks Training Walk with MTSG
by Simon Anderson on April 10, 2017 09:02



20 JCI Manchester and MTSG 3 Peakers took to the rolling hills of the Peak Distrct in 20 degree heat this weekand to take part in the second 3 Peaks Challenge training walk. This particualr walk took in Mam Tor and the Edale circular route that was a grand total of 12 miles! It couldnt have been a better day and the views were spectacular. Everyone slogged it out for a good 5 hours and came home a little bit more sun kissed than when they left.  

There are still a good few walks left as part of the training programme - any and all are welcome on these for no charge regardless of age and membership of JCI! All in a bid to promote good health and wellbeing. For more information about getting involved in these walks please contact Simon Anderson at  

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10th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester Attend Mancunian Way Homeless Summit
by Simon Anderson on April 10, 2017 08:16



JCI Manchester attends Manchester Businesses Homeless Summit with Mancunian Way Charity

The Mancunian Way, JCI Manchester’s Charity for 2017, run a programme known as Change4Good. This is an initiative that works to tackle the growing issue of homelessness on the streets of Manchester. On Thursday 6th April they ran the Manchester Businesses Homeless Summit which invited partners and businesses to the MacDonald Hotel to educate them on the extent of the issues and dispel any of the myths that may circulate about what we should be doing to help.  This article summarises what was spoken about…

A number of news stories were shown to us; the first about a business who donates a pair of anti-bacterial socks to the homeless for every pair that are bought from his company1. The second was about a boy who saves his pocket money to buy Christmas presents for the homeless2. The third was about a little girl who gives home-made cupcakes to the homeless3. The initial reaction of most people in the room was that these acts were good examples of people helping those less fortunate than themselves. There’s no denying that these acts are done with the best intention, but what is the actual consequence of these actions? Are they the actions of people who genuinely want to help the homeless or are they just to make people fell a bit better about themselves. Are coffee shops who give you the option to buy a coffee for a homeless person actually doing something that helps a homeless persons situation or are they just maximising their profits on the backs of people sleeping in the streets? Tough questions to answer.

The difficult to admit truth is, this version of ‘help’ is people choosing to do things that are easy rather than doing things that are difficult but actually help the homeless person improve their situation. It’s people doing the wrong things for the right reasons. These acts of kindness are the very thing that makes homeless people stay on the streets, away from accommodation where the services designed to help them are present. For example, one homeless person the Change4Good team spoke to was given a hot bacon barm and a fresh coffee every morning by a business man who worked in the building he was sleeping outside. An act of kindness. They asked if he would like to go into accommodation, he replied – “No, Do you get breakfast in bed every morning? I do…” So can you blame him for wanting to stay there?  

Another example is that of a 19 year-old boy living in one of the tents across from the MacDonald Hotel where the summit was being held – the Change4Good Team spoke to him about how he got to where he was and asked if he wanted help. Again he refused. On digging a bit deeper they actually discovered he had a home but chose to live here because he has a group of mates, they have a laugh, they give him drugs. For him, it’s a better life living here than in an actual home because people’s kindness makes it so easy for them to survive and in some cases thrive!   

This has created a situation where there is no better city to be a homeless person than in Manchester! People now travel from across the country to sleep on the streets here, and they know this because of social media. The news stories about numbers growing attract people. People message their friends. This only serves to worsen the problem.

The overall message is that the acts of kindness essentially facilitate homeless people staying on the streets longer. They are given food, drinks and money because of people’s good will, to the point where living on the streets is actually better for some than going back into accommodation. There is free food and accommodation for every homeless person in Manchester should they want it. And, any money given does get spent on drugs and alcohol – you may have noticed some news stories circulating about the problems of excessive spice use4. Heroin is also a drug of choice for this group. The main issue here is not so much in trying to help someone high on heroin but the fact that they share needles which can lead to some extremely harmful infections that may lead to amputations. Did you know it costs £1/3 million to amputate a person’s leg that has been sharing needles. Not to mention the cost of aftercare. A growing cost to the NHS which is already very stretched.

The information given from the summit was not on of just stop giving your money and stop caring it was very much, don’t think you are helping people by giving them your money or food. Even though it may seem like you are.

The approach Change4Good take is by adopting a person centred focus. They don’t stand over them and dictate what they can do for them they listen to those living on the streets, build those relationships of trust with them and find out what they need. These types of conversations have often stopped people from being hospitalised and in some cases persuaded them to move into accommodation which is a huge step for anyone living on the streets. They appreciate this is a mental health issue compounded by drug use and that to break this cycle is a very long process especially when the allure of street living is so great.

We were then introduced to a partner organisation known as the Booth Centre5 who work with homeless people by offering accommodation and building a purpose for them that is greater than the life on the streets. What they do and how they help depends on the people walking through the door, they too take a person-centred approach. 

So to summarise, the situation of people living on the streets of Manchester is worsening. What compounds it is people’s good will and acts of kindness that are being done for all the right reasons but just simply aren’t in the recipients best interest. They will continue to live on the streets if we continue to facilitate this kind of life-style through these acts. The work Change4Good do is an essential part of tackling the issue and they need the help of businesses across Manchester to help educate people in what to do and more importantly what not to do. So if you are interested in finding about more about the work Change4Good we would encourage you to get in touch with them -


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6th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester gets Kintish'd
by Simon Anderson on April 6, 2017 07:30


Held at the ever accommodating Sedulo offices on Deansgate, April's breakfast briefing was delivered by none other than Will Kintish, a national and international authority on the art of business networking. For 16 years, Will has run in house and public courses all over Europe in this essential business skill, helping people become more competent and effective networkers, so for him to give up his time for JCI Manchester was a real gesture on his part, given how in demand he is as a trainer.
The session began slightly earlier and to the surprise of everyone there! As all attendees were already stood in groups chatting already, the session started with a quick demonstration of how to work the room. This involved looking at whether groups were 'closed' or 'open' and whether it was ok to join them. Everyone then took their seats and Will energetically and interactively took people through the 8 stage 'Kintish Process' that if used well, increases the chances of building business relationships and bringing in business to your company. The session covering the importance of 
actually Accepting the invitation to the event in the first place, How to take the relationship from Know to Like to Trust, The importance of Following up on what you said you would do, and asking the right questions instead of directly selling to people.
Will's energy and the way he interactively took people through the concepts were infectious, causing everyone to hang on his every word for the full hour. Feedback on the session has been immensely positive:
"I learned a lot from this and would definitely recommend attending the course..." Daniel Thomas - Pomegranate Consulting 
"This morning with JCI Manchester I was Kintish'd and it was actually amazing!" Cheryl Hill - Forever Manchester 
"Excellent Breakfast networking training put on by JCI Manchester, albeit very early!" Sarah Parr - Manchester 3 Rivers Gin 
The session came to an end and Will was kind enough to offer 3 free places on his next public course run in Manchester in June. I'm sure the 3 recipients are over the moon with his generous gift! 
The session was incredibly helpful, giving people practical tips they can implement immediately. Anyone considering bringing Will in as a trainer to up skill the staff in bringing more business into the company - Will is a sound investment and we would thoroughly recommend that you do. 
The take away for most people from the session was that social media is great but nothing beats face to face networking for building and solidifying business relationships. And it all starts with accepting the invitation in the first place. If you're not there how will people know who you are and what you do?! 
We want to thank Will for giving up his time this morning, Sedulo for being excellent hosts, for everyone who attended for supporting our event. 
We very much look forward to seeing everyone at our next event which is musical Bingo at the Botanist on Deansgate on the 26th April at 6.30pm. You can book on using the following link!
JCI Manchester Team

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21st Mar, 2017


Thursday 16th 2017 was the JCI Manchester New Members Evening. Our annual showcase of how we do things and what opportunities are open to people should they wish to join. Historically, It is our most well attended event and this year was no different; selling out just one week after being added to our events list.

On the night we were treated to an arrival drink of a rum based cocktail or gin and tonic then the attendees were free to work the room and catch up with members and non-members alike. For the second drink the JCI board team were on hand to hand out tokens – they were each assigned a mini-group that would come to them to collect the token. This was just a way to ensure that people had a chance to chat to a member of our board about what we got up to at JCI Manchester!

Mingling continued and at about 7pm the canapes came out! We were treated to some of Tattu’s finest dim sum; courgette fritters, duck spring roles, ginger beef dumplings and shitake mushroom dumplings. They were incredible!

There isn’t much else to report apart from the feedback we received post event! Feedback we had from the night was unbelievably positive: 77% saying they loved it and asked when the next one is, 15% saying they were pleasantly surprised. 8% said it wasn’t quite right for them. Can’t please everyone! We would ask that you give us another chance though ;) 

We invite anyone who is a non-member to reach out and get in touch if JCI Manchester is something you think you like to get more involved with. The New Members Evening is a very small sample of the opportunities on offer. We will be doing a follow up event to the New Members evening some point in the near future, which will be a chance to meet in smaller groups and chat to one of our board members about JCI. Watch this space for information on that!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the event and we hope to see you at some point in the future. Our next event is a Breakfast Briefing and Networking Masterclass with Will Kintish! We recommend you book onto this as soon as possible because we anticipate high numbers for this given Will’s reputation around Manchester! You can book on to that event here >>>  


JCI Manchester team    




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8th Mar, 2017


For our second training and development event of the 2017 calendar, JCI Manchester assembled 6 of Manchester’s most enterprising women for a panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day. The panel included:

Karina Jadhav - Owner of Menagerie Bar and Restaurant and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2015 Women in Business Awards; Nadine Merabi - Creative Director of Nadine Merabi; Sky Bibi - Barrister-at-Law; Jennifer Smith - Ex JCI Manchester President and Insider Young Lawyer of the Year and Charlotte Chadwick – Managing Director of Atlantis Digital and was Chaired by Caroline McCarron - Associate Solicitor in the Law Share team at JMW Solicitors and Chair of the Manchester Irish Lawyers Society

The event was hosted by one of the panellists, Karina Jadhav, at her fabulous bar restaurant, Menagerie, one of the most talked about venues in town. As well as being a perfect space to host an event such as this, they went above and beyond to provide us with teas, coffees, and juices alongside an excellent breakfast spread of smashed avocado on toast, bacon and egg rolls, and some of the nicest pancakes I think the attendees had ever tasted! A massive thankyou to them for pulling out all the stops. I would encourage all the Manchester groups to consider hosting an event there!

The panellists took to centre stage and were introduced one by one by the chair Caroline McCarron. Topics of discussion included gender discrimination in the work place, equal rights to pay, progression and position, the portrayal of women in general, the influence of parents in the mindset of women and how this is changing, the generational shift in terms of changing the culture surrounding gender discrimination, the power of sheer determination, and choices women are making to pursue a career despite a lingering societal pressure to have children and start a family.

Each of the panellists spoke about their experiences with all the issues above and their rise to success happening in spite of all the the above. It was a truly inspirational morning with each of the panel members offering a hopeful perspective on the issues women face on a daily basis. All attendees commented how positive they felt upon leaving the event.

The hard work doesn’t stop here though. The issue of tackling gender inequality is something that starts with the individual followed by the collective. This is why days like this are so important, particularly for groups like JCI Manchester. An individual decides to attend an event in support of the collective. That collective sends a message that gender inequality or discrimination is simply not OK. As a collective we can achieve a lot, simply by standing together.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our panellists for giving up their time to speak as part of our panel this morning. A special thank you to Menagerie for being perfect the perfect hosts, and t all our 56 attendees who showed support on this day of celebration.

As for our next training and development event this will be held on the 5th April at Sedulo with networking guru Will Kintish – a nationally recognised networking trainer who will take attendees through the essentials of being a competent and effective networker. We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,


The JCI Manchester Team          

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