Solicitor Deborah Rainford has been appointed as president of the Manchester Junior Chamber of Commerce to lead the organisation’s ambitious growth plans.
Her plans include to increase individual and corporate membership, raise the profile of the organisation and position the Chamber as an essential resource for the business community in Manchester.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting Deborah said:
The plans I have for the Chamber are ambitious yet achievable. I want to double individual membership and rejuvenate the offering we give corporate members to attract more members from small to medium sized businesses.
Currently I don’t think the potential of the Junior Chamber is being fully harnessed in Manchester. With unemployment rising to 2.5 million*, its highest since 1994, more investment needs to be made into the city’s young professionals and entrepreneurs to develop the talents of tomorrow’s leaders.
Our new approach will drill down to the needs of our members and encourage them to tell us what they want from their membership. Our new-look calendar of events, tailored specifically to our members needs, will help their development on a professional and personal level.
Through workshops focused on improving presentation skills, interview techniques, public speaking and debating as well as other core skills, individual members will gain vital experience for the workplace. Employers are also given an opportunity to provide their employees with training in areas they aren’t able to.
Paul Nielsen, past president and senior partner of Yorkshire Bank added:
Deborah is well equipped to lead the Junior Chamber through this next chapter. Her enthusiasm and passion for change will really shake up the organisation.
*Office for National Statistics