Q&A with FM Women Speaker Carolyn Mellor
Wednesday 20th July will see the return of one of our most popular events: Forever Manchester Women.
So far the Forever Manchester Women events have raised over £8,500 to support female-led community activity across Greater Manchester.
2016’s instalments of the event will be kindly sponsored by local law firm, Slater and Gordon and the event on 20th July will be hosted at the gorgeous Manchester House in Manchester City Centre.
Carolyn Mellor is the Managing Director of homes4u, an estate and letting agents in Manchester, and attendees at July’s event will be treated to her inspirational story from 20 years in retail to bringing her focus on customer care to homes4u.
We sat with Carolyn and asked her a few questions about Manchester, FM Women and her role at homes4u…
What attracted you to Forever Manchester and FM Women?
I was personally introduced to Forever Manchester and FM Women by a particularly good friend and business colleague. I believe that it is important for Manchester businesses to get involved with charities in the area which are providing support to the local community. Being a woman in a male-dominated industry has proved beneficial, I do also feel that it is important for women in business to connect, to share ideas, and encourage other women who may be at the start of their careers to assist them to develop in their chosen field.
What do you love about Manchester?
I am originally from Northern Ireland and have lived in the area for 23 years and the city centre for six years. The city has changed a lot since I first moved to the area. It’s been great to watch Manchester grow into the exciting and culturally rich city it is today. The people of the Manchester are so welcoming and I can honestly say that Manchester now feels more like my home town.
What’s one thing you’ve enjoyed the most along your journey with homes4u?
What I have most enjoyed is watching the business grow – in particular over the last 16 years. It’s been great to watch members of the team develop in their careers, seeing relationships strengthening, and the team being instrumental in creating the strong brand that we have today.
The opportunities for networking in the city are vast, I enjoy meeting with other local like-minded owner-led businesses, as well as public sector organisations such as the universities, and establishing relationships with them.
What’s strong and good in your community at the moment?
The strongest thing in the community at the moment is the amount of investment we are seeing. Investment such as the increase in development and new homes being built in the Greater Manchester area. The growth in businesses and changes taking place is exciting. It will be interesting to see the effect of the Northern Powerhouse proposal which should encourage more growth to the region.
Living in the city centre I have seen a definite increase in the amount of visitors to the city. Walking around hearing a variety of languages highlights what a culturally diverse city Manchester is. It also shows how many people are being drawn to the city – in part by the education facilities, increase in employment, and of course the museums, theatres and restaurants.
If you’d like to hear Carolyn’s full story, head to Forever Manchester Women on Wednesday 20th July 5-7pm.
Tickets cost £20, which includes a welcome drink and canapes and can be purchased using the ticketing form below or alternatively, you can be invoiced for your tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org