Forever Manchester Women is an event that has been set up to give the women in Greater Manchester a place to come and feel supported and inspired.

We recently had our second on Wednesday 8th July event at the newly renovated Ainscow Hotel. The event was kindly sponsored by Brother UK.

With over 60 attendees at the latest Forever Manchester Women, we had an amazing selection of women from across Greater Manchester.

The ladies that attended have helped raise £1,500 for Forever Manchester. The money will continue to go to helping female-led community groups across the whole of Greater Manchester.

We also had some exciting speakers, including the Infrastructure and Shared Services Director from Brother UK, Louise Marshall.

Louise spoke about how important it is for local businesses to get involved with their communities. That corporate social responsibility is something businesses should actively engage in and be proud of. A highlight for Louise is her engagement with her local community through her role as a member of the Tameside Enterprise Board, and Chair of the Pride of Tameside Business Awards.

Louise started off by mentioning that she didn’t have a remarkable story, but I think we can all agree her achievements in her journey over the last 27 years of her career are incredibly inspiring. From becoming the first female director of Brother UK, to meeting the Queen when Brother won the Queens Award for Enterprise, and also getting gold for Investors in People. She broke through the glass ceiling and she is now the key element in maintaining the high standard of employee engagement that has been embedded into Brother UK.  

Our next speaker was Francesca Barker, aka The Barker Baker. Fran has been on a journey that is unimaginable to most people. After being convicted in the Crown court receiving a suspended sentence of 18 months with compensation order, mandatory probation, drug rehabilitation and mental health support, Fran struggled to imagine how her future might pan out. Then whilst on probation she was sent on a baking course that drastically changed her life.

Fran used baking as a form of therapy and found it invigorating to do something she felt passionately about that wasn’t focused on her past. Going on to set up The Barker Baker, winning Business Newcomer of the Year’ accolade at the Pitman Training Super Achievers Awards 2015 and also being a finalist in the Kalixa Pro Spirit of Small Businesses Awards 2014, Fran has an exciting future ahead of her.

Jean Mills, Head of Business Development at Forever Manchester spoke about some of the amazing female led community groups that Forever Manchester has recently supported. Mentioning in particular Mothers Against Violence.

MAV was birthed at a time when gun violence was at it worst in the inner city community of Manchester. Three young black males were murdered in the space of eight days in one community. The mothers of that community took a stand and came out fighting not with guns but with words of hope. Forever Manchester have supported them for a number of years.

The next event will be coming in October, so keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale this month.

You can help us fund and support local community groups in your area by making a donation today.