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25th Nov, 2017

JCI Manchester have today been made aware that an audit may be being carried out in respect of the Blackmore Global Fund.  This was not information we were privy to before Phillip Nunn was awarded a 'Manchester Young Talent Award' this week.

If such an audit is being carried out, we will await the results of the same and we will consider any other information which comes into the public domain. Pending this, the JCI Manchester board have decided to suspend the award given to Phillip Nunn.

As with any other awards, an independent panel of judges were chosen and they formed their own view on Phillip Nunn's submission based solely on the written application that was received.

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17th Nov, 2017

JCI Manchester are Recruiting for 2018
by Simon Anderson on November 17, 2017 15:45


JCI Manchester are recruiting!

As we draw closer to December the time draws ever nearer to vote in the new 2018 JCI Manchester Board. Board positions are designed as development opportunities – a chance to gain invaluable experience that you would not otherwise gain in your line of work.

This blog is intended as a job board if you will that will give you a brief overview of what roles we have on offer, what the responsibilities are within that role and how you can go about putting your name forward.

So here’s the opportunities we have on offer…

Membership Director – As a membership director it will be your role to promote membership of JCI Manchester, listen to the current members feedback and relay this back to the board so we can continually improve what we do, and liaise with finance to ensure our corporate members are invoiced. For this role we’ll need you to be a competent networker and have the availability to attend as many events as possible. If you’re looking for a role that helps you already grow your network – this is the one for you! 

Training and Development Director – The training and development director is one of our key roles within the JCI board. This role involves finding speakers and venues for our morning seminars. We really want to up the ante next year and equip our members with the soft skills that are good for our members in their careers. This year we have run networking training, personal leadership training and public speaking training amongst other things! If this sounds like the role for you, get in touch!  

Social Director – In this role, you are the director of fun and good times! Our members are entitled to come to social events for free so we are looking for someone who can approach venues and get us the best deal possible so we can maximise the offer for our members. These events are designed as networking events so we’re looking for new ideas about how we can encourage that! If you think this role is for you let us know!  

Charity Director – As charity director you will look after the general support and fundraising for our chosen charity for the year! We always look to raise as much money as possible and support by giving the charity by giving our time as well as vital funds. You’ll need to be able to think outside the box for these events as they often involve some form of activity like crazy golf, escape rooms or wine tasting.

Social Media and Content Director – This role will be in support of the marketing team. We need someone who is a whizz at content creation, to include; photos and videos of our events, blogs, website material and uploading these to social media to broadcast what we are doing!

Sponsorship Director – As sponsorship director you will play a vital role in helping us maximise the potential of our events. We often operate on a cost per head which can be massively reduced if we have a sponsor, meaning we can put more money towards drinks and food or raise more money for our nominated charity. You’ll need to be very forward in this role as asking for money from people is often tricky. We’re looking for someone who can turn sponsorship of a JCI event into a compelling offer so that people will be approaching us!

So there you have it. If you’re looking for a new challenge this 2018 and to make friends for life and have experiences you wouldn’t otherwise have like world travel – then get in touch with either Simon Anderson (JCI Manchester President 2017) at or Jake Holland (JCI Manchester President for 2018) at . You’ll need to fill out a form giving us your intention to stand as a director and if you can make it, attend our AGM on the 19th December at Clyde and Co, 50 Brown St, Manchester M2 2JT, Manchester at 6pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!  

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24th Oct, 2017

This morning JCI Manchester played host to Ashley Boroda for our October breakfast briefing. Ashley has delivered a number of talks for JCI Manchester, predominantly on the subject of presentation skills and public speaking skills, however this mornings talk had a slightly different theme.

Ashley is IMA Practitioner trained to coach individuals and groups about effective and straightforward communication between people of different personalities. To quote the Ima website:

‘Connectivity is a fundamental life skill and yet, up until now little or no training has been available to us. iMA is an exciting new universal language, designed to maximise connectivity i.e. mutual liking, trust, understanding and respect. Everyone in the world speaks one of four iMA dialects, putting her/him on the same wavelength as 25% of the world’s population. The majority of people (the remaining 75%), many of whom are important to your success, are on a different wavelength than you. The universal language of iMA is a simple way of observing and understanding the differences in people, then connecting with them on their wavelength. When this happens communication, trust, understanding, co-operation and sales go up, and stress and tension go down.’

Ashley introduced us to this concept and the background to the programme in a fun and interactive way, breaking the personality types down into whether a person is Assertive or Not Assertive, and whether they are Open or Self Contained. Based on this initial assessment you can take a guess at what personality type they are – thus labelling them as Red, Yellow, Green or Blue. When you know a person’s colour you can communicate with them a lot more effectively because you know how to speak their language! Below are the colourings and the associated personality traits.

iMA High Blues

High Blues are warm, supportive and nurturing individuals who develop strong networks of people who are willing to be mutually supportive and reliable. They are excellent team players, courteous, friendly, good planners; persistent workers and good with follow through.


iMA High Greens

High Greens are serious, analytical, persistent, systematic and task oriented people who enjoy problem solving, perfecting processes and working towards tangible results. They do research, make comparisons, determine risk, calculate margins of error and then take action.

iMA High Reds

High Reds are goal oriented go-getters who are most comfortable when they are in charge of people and situations. They focus on a no-nonsense approach to bottom-line results. They are fast-paced; task oriented and work quickly and impressively by themselves.


iMA High Yellows

High Yellows are outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic idea people who excel in getting others excited about their vision. They are fast paced, high energy and deal with people in a positive upbeat way; eternal optimists that can influence people and build alliances to accomplish their goals.

The room were invited to take part in a short survey which would determine their colour, something we recommend you do yourself. You can take the test here to find out!  


As well as discovering more about how to communicate with other people it also gave attendees the opportunity to discover whether the role they were in played to their personality strengths. For example, a high green personality trying to do a sales job wouldn’t be an ideal fit. Conversely a High Yellow trying to code an application for a smart phone where they have little face to face communication with people – not a good fit. So often people end up in positions that they find difficult to stay in because it is not suited to their personality. Communication within teams so often breaks down or never gets going because people don’t realise how to talk to each-other! Subsequently things just don’t get done! So the question is – can businesses really afford not to take the iMA strategy on board. This is what Ashley spoke about this morning and what iMA teaches. We would wholeheartedly recommend Ashley as a coach in this field and suggest all who read this blog to take the iMA test!

We would like to thank Ashley for taking the time to present to us this morning in what was a very well received talk!


Join us for our next breakfast briefing which will be on the 29th November. BOOK your tickets HERE >>>

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8th Sep, 2017

Are you a student in their final year of university? – Here’s why JCI Manchester should be a serious consideration in helping you take your next steps to career development…

Every student in their final year has one of 2 things on their mind. Taking a year out for personal development or getting on the job ladder to put to use that degree you’ve just earned yourself.

Most students looking for jobs will go down the classic route of filling in application form after application form, possibly for graduate schemes or maybe even to try their hand going for an entry level positions in companies they want to work in. This usually involves follow-up assessment days, and interviews which can be a very tiring process, particularly when experiencing repeated failure. Not to mention to how time consuming the process of finding these opportunities in the first place.

The luckiest students simply use their contacts. You often hear the phrase “It’s who you know, not what you know…” – which is very frustrating as a student because in many respects its very true. If you're lucky enough to have a relative or family friend who works at the company of your dreams that's great for you, but most students don't. You have to make contacts yourselves – and this is where ‘networking’ comes in.

A recent article in The Guardian stated that “60% of jobs occur in a "hidden job market" where roles aren't always advertised…networking gives you a good start before you leave university so you have people you can contact within companies when you leave. Not only does this show a potential employer that you can take initiative and create your own opportunities (a big tick) but also allows you to hear first hand about potential opportunities, possibly have someone as a helping hand to fill in your application, and provide you with a foot in the door to move your application form more towards the top of the pile when the recruiter is making their decision on who to put forward for stage 2.

So why should a student consider JCI? Well other than offering a variety of opportunities to network with fellow students and young professionals between the ages of 18-40 we also offer numerous opportunities for personal development that help improve your soft business skills. Whether it’s public speaking, educational seminars on everything from marketing to leadership, or even taking a position on a local board to give you experience of project management we are certain there will be something of benefit to you within what JCI has to offer. We offer a very generous discount for student membership to make it more affordable.

SO have a look and see if the city you’re studying in has a local chamber and consider attending one of their events. It could well be the thing that helps you land that dream job!

For more information on how JCI can help you, head over to our website and have a look through.



JCI Manchester 

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6th Sep, 2017

JCI Manchester as an organisation has always been about personal development and career progression. Not to be overlooked however is another of it’s core activities which is creating positive change. It is for this reason that we are partnering with Uprising and the ONE MILLION MENTORS programme to give our network the opportunity to take part in this programme. So why do JCI Manchester believe that mentoring will make you a better manager.

There are many things that contribute to you being a better manager, namely: Understanding team dynamics and encouraging good relationships, Selecting and developing the right people, delegating effectively, motivating people, managing discipline and dealing with conflict, communicating well, planning, making decisions and problem solving.

It is our belief that mentoring gives you the perfect opportunity to practice at least some of these skills ready for when you take on a more managerial role at some point in the future or to enhance your skills in a management position that you may currently be in.

“Management is about enthusing and motivating people…extremely similar to managing individuals in the work place…”

At its very heart, management is about enthusing and motivating people to complete certain tasks either by themselves or as part of a team. It is about recognising a person’s strengths and giving them opportunity to utilise those effectively, and addressing their weaknesses by giving them opportunities to strengthen them. This is no different to mentoring. When mentoring you have almost a complete stranger in front of you who you have to get to know and form a trusting relationship with. From here you give them best advise that helps them further develop from the point they are now. This is extremely similar to managing individuals in the work place.

“…this all comes from getting to know individuals…mentoring provides the perfect scenario to practice these skills”

If you can effectively motivate people, your job as a manager will be made a lot easier. This all comes from getting to know individuals and what makes them tick. Mentoring provides the perfect scenario to practice these skills.

“…Mentoring is another way to help develop these all important people to people skills that will make you a better manager…”

The golden thread through all this comes from how effectively you can communicate. Communication is a skill and best developed through practice in different environments. You will come across a number of different personalities in your life – the more personalities of differing kinds you come across the better equipped you are to deal with these personalities in the workplace an doing so you develop your own unique style of communicating when in the management environment. You will learn what approaches work with different people and more to the point, what doesn’t work so you don’t end up using it again Mentoring is yet another way to help develop these all important people to people skills that will make you a better manager.   

“…Mentoring teaches you not to focus solely on yourself…”

As well as this, mentoring teaches you to not focus solely on yourself! Which is another skill that can be very useful to the manager. We’ve all been in that situation where someone is just using us to get up the next step in the ladder. It’s not a nice feeling and it doesn’t motivate us to work for that person in the slightest. Mentoring can teach you to put others first and in doing so you can have a real positive impact on a young person’s life possibly changing it for the better! There’s not many feelings like that.

So please do consider joining us as part of our joint programme with Uprising by coming along to our breakfast event on the 20th September 8-10am at BPP University on Oxford Road. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON


JCI Manchester Team…

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6th Sep, 2017

One of the core activities of JCI Manchester is business networking and we organise this through our social events. In this blog we will outline why we promote having a strong business network and what it can do for the young professional.

Reason 1 – TO MEET PEOPLE! Everyone wants to meet someone. As a general rule, there are never more than six people between you and the person you want to talk to. Networking is a great way to access otherwise inaccessible people and the quickest way to build trust with the person that can introduce you. Cold calling, writing emails, sending messages are all viable ways of making contact but we believe these should be follow up activities after making your initial introduction face to face. Earlier in the year Will Kintish gaveus a one hour masterclass on this topic and he said exactly the same thing! If you haven’t been on his half day course we can thoroughly recommend it!  

Reason 2: CAREER PROGRESSION! Networking is the number one way to get a job. 60-80% of jobs are found through some form of networking. Imagine making a personal connection to a hiring manager, this is hands down the best way to find out about an upcoming opportunity and the best way to get your application to the top of the pile.  

Reason 3: DEVELOP YOUR CURRENT ROLE! Networking broadens your professional horizons. It helps you keep your finger on the pulse and in touch with your industry which prevents the dreaded career stagnation. Who you meet at a networking event could well be the person that in 5 years time helps you land a £1million client for your company thus sky-rocketing you to partnership/management/directorship within your firm/organisation. We like to think the people you meet at JCI networking events are the managers, directors and partners of the future. So get meeting them now and start forming those all important relationships early!

And Just by way of a few tips from us:

-          A good network is really just a circle of friends. It’s a two-way street of mutualistic relationships

-          Make sure people leave knowing who you are, what service/skills you provide, and how to get a hold of you – for the right reasons though!

-          You help others, others will help you. Everyone likes people who are helpful – so good things will likely come toward those people. 

If you fancy putting these skills to practice. Then join us on the 14th September at our End of Summer Social at The Laundrette where we will be providing yet more opportunities to network with fellow young professionals. For our members it’s free and if you are coming along as a guest it’s £5. We very much hope to see you there! CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON


The JCI Manchester Team  

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6th Sep, 2017

How many people when asked to do a public presentation feel an immense sense of fear? Answer – most people. Having to face a room full of faces staring directly at you and hanging on your every word is indeed a daunting task and on that you only get better at with practice. This is why JCI Manchester have set up public speaking club. To practice these skills in a friendly environment, so that when asked at work to do the same, you won’t be as ill prepared and will have the necessary skills to perform at your best. In fact, being able to deliver in this area is something that will 100% set you apart from your peers and here’s why –

It will gain you recognition…

By speaking in your niche market or on any particular topic you love, you will be gaining tremendous recognition and immediately have an audience to provide quality content. It immediately positions you as an expert. and thought leader on any particular topic meaning clients are far more likely to come to you.

It is a great way to Network

There is enormous value in the type of people you meet when you are a speaker. At the various conferences you speak, the associations you join as a speaker and the clients you bring on. The value of networking as a speaker is incredible. Even attending or speaking at local meetups and workshops carries incredible opportunities right in your own backyard. Word of mouth is still the number one way to pass along great leads, contacts and of course testimonials and the speaker circuit will provide that and more.  

At JCI Manchester we are very lucky to offer some of the best training in this field. Our speaking trainer Ilona Allcock who by day is an Employer Liaison Consultant at the University of Salford

Ilona has been an active JCI member since 2011 and was President of JCI Sheffield in 2014. Highlights of her JCI career include making the European finals of both debating (2014) and public speaking (2016), launching the JCI UK Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards and winning European awards for two local projects, one of which was also shortlisted globally.

In her day job, Ilona works at the University of Salford to create employment opportunities and career insights for students and graduates. Having held a diverse range of roles in the past – everything from Commercial Litigation Solicitor in the world’s largest law firm to running a bespoke software development company with her husband – Ilona has a gained a real insight into what makes different businesses work.

Since losing a friend to suicide in August 2015, Ilona has become a passionate advocate for mental health issues. Last year she ran two trail marathons for Mind, and climbed the national three peaks for Anxiety UK. She is hugely proud of the work JCI Manchester has done to put a spotlight on mental health and looks forward to continuing to support this initiative.

So don’t let fear hold you back anymore from enhancing this essential business skill. Come join us at our next training event on the 12th September at Grant Thornton at 6pm and we’ll show just how good a public speaker you can be! Hope to see you there. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON


JCI Manchester Team

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4th Sep, 2017


This year the Manchester Young Talent Award charity raffle has been taken up a gear giving you the chance to win a top prize of a stay in a Luxury Apartment in Marbella worth £1000!

Each year JCI Manchester invite attendees at the Manchester Young Talent Awards to take part in a charity raffle to help raise money for the chosen charity of the year which this year is Mancunian Way. The apartment is set in Marbella 4.7 miles from Paseo Maritimo, a popular tourist spot. The apartment has the usual Free WiFi and private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. All apartments have a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, oven, microwave and coffee machine. There is a private bathroom with a bath in each unit. Bed linen is provided. Samara Resort Marbella also includes a hot tub and sauna. Funny Beach is 4.3 miles from Samara Resort Marbella, while Plaza de toros Marbella is 5 miles away. This property is rated for the best value in Marbella! 

So if you want to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize you'd better make sure you join us on the 23rd November for our fantastic awards ceremony at the Principal, Oxford Road, Manchester City Centre. One way to make sure you're there is to get yourself nominated for an award! Dealine day is 22nd September! See catgeories for nomination here >>> NOMINATE

Thanks, JCI Manchester Team! 

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4th Sep, 2017


JCI Manchester are always looking at starting conversations around topics we feel our members will find beneficial. That’s why we partnered with sponsors Careaux to present our latest breakfast panel event - Positive Body Image in Young Professionals.

A huge thanks to our chair Ilona Alcock, who also runs our Public Speaking Club, she engaged with our speakers and helped draw out some interesting insights into what and if body image is something that matters, and more importantly if it’s something that employers should be looking at in the age of creating cultures within the workplace. 


Topics that we touched on included how personal image and professional images can clash in some sectors but in others your individuality is applauded, the impact social media has on body image and what people think successful people should look like. The conversation also covered a variety of issues around gender, race, sex, physical illness and mental health.

A question that stuck out during the Q&A session at the end of the event was that someone who works in an accountant firm wondered if it’s relevant to them as how they look doesn’t impact their job. Our panellist implored that actually it does, whether intentionally or not, as the unconscious bias affects how you act around people who look a different way or not in the way you expected.


It’s through having conversations around body image that we can breakdown the social constructs that are hardwired into us through various different channels and help people feel free to be ok with themselves. JCI President Simon who was on the panel said “It’s important for people to focus on creating a personal ability to grow mental strength to deal body image. Ignoring the assumptions of what other people might think of them. We need to help each other think positively about themselves, and be understanding of others and create a community to support that”.

Essentially if you encourage your staff to feel comfortable in an environment where they know they can safely share their body issues without judgement, their self-esteem will improve and so will their successes.

Thank you to all of our panellist CharlieMusa, Liberty and Simon.

If you would like to find out more about communities that are already working to support making Manchester a more body positive place to live, check out Free To Be Ok With Me.

JCI Manchester are planning on creating a series of events to look at all aspects of body image in young professional and helping drive this conversation forward.


About Our Sponsors 

Careaux is an online luxury womenswear brand, co-founded by sisters Rachel and Laura Beattie. Due to launch end of September with a dress the first of its kind, all handmade in Manchester, which adapts to your unique style and shape to celebrate your uniqueness. One of our aims is to challenge putting women into one size bracket and to acknowledge our differences.

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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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