Realm Hotspot Talks To... Jean Mills

Posted on 3/8/2016 by Katherine Memery

At Realm we’re proud to be part of our home city’s booming business scene. With our Director Duane being an ambassador for Forever Manchester and following our Race to Raise for the cause in June, this month we spoke to Jean Mills, the charity’s Head of Business Development.

Have you gone/are you going on holiday this year? If so, where?

I’m going to the South of France, using Marseille as a base to explore Provence. Then at the end of the year I’m off to Dubai, enjoying a holiday while catching up with family and friends currently living there.

You’re our first non-lawyer to be featured in Realm Hotspot Talks To, so could you tell us a little about what you do?

We have a great team at Forever Manchester that fundraises to support grass roots community projects. We work with individuals, corporates and families. We offer donors innovative and engaging opportunities that are value for money, and demonstrate that their donation delivers real impact and makes a difference at a local level in Greater Manchester.

The beauty of Forever Manchester is that we support all kinds of projects that donors are interested in, including junior football teams, disability groups, cancer support groups, youth clubs, older people’s luncheon clubs, food banks and everything else in between. 

What’s your favourite Forever Manchester-related memory?

There are so many – we’ve won national awards and it’s nice for us to be recognised for industry excellence. However, my more recent favourite Forever Manchester memory was seeing the excitement, joy and appreciation of the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre from Moston when they won ‘Inspirational Community Group of the Year’ at our Annual Birthday Party in front of over 400 companies and supporters. It’s important to recognise and appreciate the value of community projects and even more special when they are recognised by our supporters.     

In your role with Forever Manchester you work closely with a lot of local businesses. Why do you think Manchester is such an attractive place for growing companies?

I think it’s about the attitude of Manchester-based people; there’s a friendliness, a “can do” attitude and a willingness to work together and share that makes it more appealing and approachable. The city’s also geographically well-placed, with a good infrastructure and offers a great lifestyle culturally and socially.

What did you want to be growing up?

I thought about going into teaching.

And what is your favourite thing to do in Manchester?

Eat out – there’s so much variety.

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