Last year I set us an ambitious but very achievable target to generate £1million from businesses across Greater Manchester to put back into our local communities. I called this the ‘Manchester Million.’

£1m is equivalent to helping 1,000 community groups with a £1,000 award. Greater Manchester has over 20,000 community groups, so ideally I’d love to help them all and our long term ambition is to do exactly that.

Since Forever Manchester was established back in 1989, Greater Manchester has significantly changed in terms of growth in the number of businesses. You just have to look at the developments of Spinningfields and MediaCity and the creation of many businesses parks to see how much the region has been transformed.

According to the Chamber of Commerce there are approximately 130,000 businesses in Greater Manchester, so there are more than enough businesses out there that can help us to raise £1m to help community groups and help improve lives of people across Greater Manchester.

As well as providing businesses with an opportunity to support local community groups, we have also developed a number of options to help your business grow. Working with and supporting Forever Manchester can help differentiate your brand from your competitor’s, provide you with valuable PR opportunities and increase staff involvement and build morale through our fundraising, volunteering and networking opportunities.

In a relatively short space of time we are now actively working with a growing number of local businesses of varying shapes and sizes. But like any organisation, attracting new business is a challenge so we’re asking you for help.

If you own or work for a business that shares our passion for the area, the chances are that 99% of your colleagues live in Greater Manchester and are part of the very communities that we support. We’d love to meet with you to tell you more about how we can work together. Or if you have clients or contacts that feel would benefit from working with us please give our Head of Business Development, Jean Mills, a call on 0161 214 0955 or email her at