Spotlight: James Everall ‘The Job Search Entrepreneur’

One of the privileges of being involved with Ministry2Business is getting to meet a lot of people doing terrific work in different sectors and workplaces.
One of the challenges I’m aware of  is it’s very easy to feel isolated especially when it comes to living out our Christian faith at work. 
So, quite simply I hope these Spotlight interviews inspire and encourage us to see we’re not alone and we’re part of bigger story that God is telling. 


Introducing:  James Everall – Co-Founder Christian Jobs 
James, co-founded Christian Jobs with Robert Mumford and it launched in November 2018. James and his wife – Luciane are also planting a church in Wythenshawe, South Manchester as part of Christ Church Manchester (Newfrontiers Family of Churches)

1. Tell us a little bit about your business story – how and why did you get into your business? 
Like most people in our industry I stumbled into the world of recruitment, but quickly found that my life experiences, divinely inspired talents, passions and gifts landed well within the industry and that cocktail of gifting and blessing has allowed me to become moderately successful throughout my career.
Over a twelve year period I have been fortunate to serve within the athletic, education, healthcare and FMCG industries with the majority of that time primarily tuned into the food & beverage marketplace. In that period my experience has allowed me to directly support a wide range of organisations from local, family-owned enterprises to internationally based blue-chip multinationals with recruitment offerings including confidential head-hunting as well as RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) campaigns.
Throughout it all, I have worked hard to remain a faithful and confident witness to Jesus and wherever I have been based I intentionally sort out opportunities to proclaim the excellencies of God through both my working lifestyle as well as with my lips.
In early 2018 I responded to the call of God to become bi-vocational and began the process of establishing my own business as well as planting a church within the Wythenshawe area of South Manchester. In August 2018 Christian Jobs Ltd was formed and with the Lord’s blessing CCM: Wythenshawe will launch in September 2019.
At the time of writing, Christian Jobs Ltd has 6 employees dedicated to connecting Christians with Christian opportunities via our newly launched advertising and employment platform www.christianjobs.co.uk  and the church plant has seven families regularly gathering to build community together.

2. What have been some of the significant encouragements in your work over the last year?
Early on, something I felt the Holy Spirit ask me to be obedient towards was the location of our office facility. In order to love people I believe we have to get close to them and be in their world. I believe that proximity declares intentionality and so with that in mind we looked for a facility that would allow all that we believe as Christian workers to manifest itself before the eyes of the community I feel called to serve.
So, after a brief contract at a serviced office near the airport we found our office base right in the heart of the Wythenshawe community at the Enterprise Centre in Benchill. This facility is one that homes a number of small business operations and non-profit communities and it has been brilliant to regularly interact and dialogue with all the different types of people based here and not only show them that we’re competent at what we do, but that we do it from a love for Jesus who has transformed the way we both view and participate in work.
As I write this I’m reminded of something that happened just this morning. I had the personal joy of praying a prayer of healing over one of the occupants of another office. This is the first time I have been able to do this, and in such a public manner and we’re praying that we would become more obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to love those he has put in close proximity to our business in similar ways.

3. Your Christian faith is an integral part of your life – how does it impact and shape your work – where have you seen God at work in your work?
Every morning our entire team gathers for prayer as part of our morning meeting. We spend 30 minutes thinking, pondering and praising Jesus at the same time that we go through our tasks for the day. We view our actions in light of our prayers and tie the two together intentionally.
Often these meetings will be interrupted by a mail delivery or facility notification and this has led to some great times of questioning. We are not ashamed of who we are and who we belong too, and so it’s been a great joy to see our team confidently witnessing to the love of Jesus in their lives before those who are yet to know Him.
For me personally I regularly hear and remember the words of Christ in John 15:5 “without me you can do nothing”. This echoes throughout my day and reminds me of my utter dependence upon him. This means that whatever endeavour I am involved within I must sink it into prayer and not lean on my own understanding or abilities – tough for an A type character. By displaying this personally throughout my work day, I have seen our team pick up on this and so it has been wonderful to witness this discipline in action from within our team.
I am fortunate to work with a team that encourages each other through the highs and lows of the working day. In all of our interactions we get to see God loving and caring for us through us. It’s been incredible really, and a source of encouragement and growth for me as a leader to witness this so regularly played out by our team.

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I regularly hear and remember the words of Christ in John 15:5
“without me you can do nothing”.
This echoes throughout my day and reminds me of my utter dependence upon him.
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4. What’s a key lesson you’ve learned, or best bit of advice you’ve been given, and applied in your work?
To remember your why. I am a person of high capacity and spin a lot of plates so remembering what God has said to me is critical to keep me from becoming too distracted and unfocused.
I have read tons of leadership books and listen regularly to podcasts and speeches on this topic (Christian and non-Christian) but what has been invaluable to me is the understanding that as children of God we are a people of revelation, not vision. Vision is something man made, revelation is something received. Before any money was spent, before we designed any advertising or marketing collateral, before we hired anyone both myself and my business partner (Rob) sought God through prayer and fasting. More so than anything we want to be known as men that are obedient to the word of God. So we sought Him and waited until He spoke. Once received we have to be obedient. So we regularly come back to our why by asking ‘what has God said?’ or ‘does X strengthen or distract us from our why?’

5. Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island and could have one luxury what would it be?
I’m greedy so I have to say two things. Firstly, a football. I’m a Sheffield United fan (its my thorn in my side!) and a sports fan in general so having something to kick about would help distract me. Secondly, I would have a pot of Luciane’s home-cooked rice. She is from Brazil and cooks rice with onion and lots of garlic that is so incredible it doesn’t need anything else to accompany it!
It would probably last less than a day with my appetite, but would be worth it.

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You can connect with James on LinkedIn Twitter
Christian Jobs Website and Twitter
Image Credits:
Light Bulb Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash
Pray Photo by Joshua Hanks on Unsplash
Football Photo by Nathan Rogers on Unsplash

 

Spotlight: John Haines ‘The Skatepark Entrepreneur’

One of the privileges of being involved with Ministry2Business is getting to meet a lot of people doing terrific work in different sectors and workplaces.
One of the challenges I’m aware of  is it’s very easy to feel isolated especially when it comes to living out our Christian faith at work. 
So, quite simply I hope these Spotlight interviews inspire and encourage us to see we’re not alone and we’re part of bigger story that God is telling. 


Introducing:  John Haines – Managing Director Projekts Mcr 

1. Tell us a little bit about your business story – how and why you got involved with Projekts Mcr?
I discovered skateboarding around the same time that I really started to take my Christian faith seriously, just before I started university in 1999. Shortly after graduating, I was invited to work with a start up social enterprise called Projekts Mcr, which was a group of Christians who were aiming to make things better for skateboarders in Manchester. Initially I thought it would make a great year out between uni and work but once I began to see how little development was going into skateboarding at a grassroots level and how very few Christians were involved in skateboarding on a development level, I just decided to carry on. I enjoyed seeing the change and the impact of the work we were doing – it’s quite addictive.

2. What have been some of the significant encouragements in your work?
Seeing skaters in the skatepark enjoying the ramps is a big encouragement. It means we’ve created something that the skate community really wants. But the biggest encouragement is hearing the stories from users about how we’ve helped them get through some very difficult times. It’s easy to think of the skatepark as just another space to play or just another activity centre, but it’s not really like that for most people who come here. For many skaters, it’s the centre of their community, where they feel supported and safe.

3. You’ve recently launched a Community Share Offer to help fund the expansion of the park – what’s your vision for the park and what support are you looking for?
We’ve launched a community share offer to raise the funds to expand because we’ve reached capacity and we want to keep on growing. The land under the flyover has very little commercial value but it’s ideal for skateboarders because it’s covered by the Mancunian Way and stays dry in almost all weather. The idea behind the expansion is to build 700sqm of concrete ramps, making us the largest managed concrete skatepark in the country.

If you’re interested in supporting the expansion plans you can visit:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/projekts-mcr 
You can also download the proposal: Share offer – Projekts for Community Mark Assessment V2

4. Your Christian faith is an integral part of your life – how does it impact and shape your work?
I want what I believe to impact every area of my life, including work and I hope that my behaviour and what I say might point people to God and at the very least not be a barrier to someone wanting to know God. Jesus’ life and teaching is all about relationships – with God and with other people – and I would hope that in any interaction with people in work or through work, I might reflect God’s attitude.

5. What has been a key lesson you’ve learned especially as a young business leader?
It’s the painful lessons you remember the most, isn’t it? It’s not always easy but I think employing the right people – people with the right attitude, primarily – is a big one for me, especially with the kind of work we do, working with young people and building community. It’s obviously easier said than done but it really pays to take extra care when taking someone on. 
Thankfully, we have an incredible team at Projekts – very supportive, keen to make a difference, hard working, caring, patient and excited to be part of a growing organisation.
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You can connect with John on LinkedIn 

Image Credits:

Skate Park pictures provided by Projekts Mcr
Light Bulb Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash

Manchester Christmas Markets 2018

During the first two weeks of the 2017 Manchester Christmas markets, nearly 80,000 mugs were sold (45,610 coffee mugs and 33,000 Gluhwein mugs)! With more than 9 million people visiting over the 6 week period, 2018 looks set to be another record breaking year.

Manchester Christmas Markets officially open on Friday 9th November through to Saturday 22nd December with the city’s Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Saturday November 3rd.

Launched in 1999 as just a single site in St Ann’s Square, the markets now sprawl across the city and attract millions of visitors each year.  This will be the last year that the markets main hub will be hosted in Albert Square due to the refurbishment of the plaza and Town Hall.

New for this year’s Christmas Markets is a magical Ice Village in Cathedral Gardens.  The highlight will be a walk- through Ice Cavern experience filled with intricate ice sculptures including a steam train, mischievous elves, enchanted toys and Arctic animals – all set against the backdrop of a frozen toy factory.

There’ll also be sculptures telling the story of Manchester, including a female train driver with a ‘Votes For Women’ badge as a nod to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, as well as other legendary Mancunian symbols like football, music and Manchester’s worker bee emblem.

There’ll also be an ice skating rink, a Santa’s Grotto and the Polar Bar, where visitors can warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate.

For all the crucial information about the Christmas markets including opening times, market map, and travel plans please visit the Manchester Evening News here >>

Original article written by Emily Heward for the MEN.
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Amazon Moving To Manchester

Internet giant Amazon has announced it is opening a corporate office in Manchester and is bringing 600 jobs to the city.  The Hanover Building which will serve as Amazon’s home is located in the NOMA area of the city, in a move that is a major coup for the region.

The aim is for the Manchester office to open in 2019 – bringing hundreds of new jobs to the city. Hanover Building will be Amazon’s first UK corporate office outside of London and will be home to a wide variety of teams.

The teams will work on projects that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world, including software development, machine learning and research and development.  New employees at the Manchester office will complement teams working on global innovation in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Doug Gurr, Head of Amazon in the UK comments: “Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution and has a fantastic history of innovation.  With the UK taking a leading role in the global tech, we are delighted to announce plans to open a new corporate office in the city.”

“The city offers an incredibly talented workforce and a budding tech scene with some of the most exciting, fast-growing tech companies in the UK situated here. Our new office will be home to over 600 staff, many of whom will be focused on developing exciting new products and services used by Amazon customers around the world.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is delighted with this development: “Amazon opening their new office in Manchester is another vote of confidence in our city-region as a global digital leader. We are the UK’s top digital city-region and we are open for business.”

Amazon has committed to creating 2,500 jobs in the UK in 2018, taking its total UK workforce to over 27,500.

Original article written by   at The Business Desk
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LJ Real Estate Win Property Newcomer Award

The region’s property elite were in the spotlight at last night’s annual North West Property Awards. Developments that have transformed the skyline of North West towns and cities, such as No.1 Spinningfields, were celebrated along with the teams of planners, lawyers and architects that made them a reality.  To mark the 20th anniversary of the awards, Insider also teamed up with the BBC on a new prize – Building of the Decade – which was voted for by North West Tonight viewers.

Property Newcomer of the Year Winner: LJ Real Estate Advisors
Sam Lawson Johnston and George Haddo have spent more than £40m acquiring, renovating and then leasing historic buildings in Manchester including Canada House and the Northern Assurance Buildings.

People’s Choice Award: Building of the Decade
Winner:
 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Integral to the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital building, which was completed in 2015, was the input of the children, all current or former patients, who voted on the schemes and designs they liked.

North West Property Personality of the Year
Winner: Lynda Shillaw, MAG Property
Lynda is divisional chief executive of MAG’s property business and is responsible for investment and development across its three airports. Her remit also covers the 3.5 million sq ft Airport City Manchester development.Lynda Shillaw, divisional chief  executive of property at Manchester Airports Group, took home the Property Personality of the Year accolade.

 

New Sculpture For St Ann’s Square

A sculpture of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench was unveiled by Dave, a homeless person, outside St Ann’s Church. ‘Jesus the Homeless’ is a near life-size bronze sculpture by the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. It depicts a figure lying on a bench, with its pierced feet indicating it is Jesus.

Facing a growing problem of homelessness in the city and a global crisis of people displaced by war and conflict, the figure challenges passers-by to question their attitude towards homeless and marginalised people that they come across in their day-to-day lives.

Rector of St Ann’s, The Revd Nigel Ashworth, said For many people homelessness is not simply about having no place to call home, but about living with some kind of emotional trauma. By giving the homeless Jesus space outside our church we are showing that we stand in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, in the same way that Jesus had compassion on them in His earthly ministry.”

Jesus the Homeless with artist Timothy SchmalzChurches across Greater Manchester have responded to the growing homelessness crisis by developing a clear plan of action in partnership with others. City churches open their buildings every year to help provide winter night shelters and other frontline services for homeless people. St Ann’s is also working on a pilot project for street homeless people called ‘Morning Hours’ which provides a warm space, hots drinks and toast, first thing in the morning before any of the city’s day centres open.

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, who chairs the Manchester Homelessness Partnership, said “Jesus is very explicit in the bible; when we offer or refuse care to those in need, we will be judged as though he himself were the needy person before us. This sculpture casts Christ’s words into metal. It links them directly to one of the most visible expressions of human need. Its identical twins can be found in other great cities around the world; a reminder that Manchester today is a truly global city.”

Article written by Ann Mummery, Communications and Events Manager Manchester Diocese
Original source here

Manchester – A Radical City For 2018

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has announced his strategic resolutions for 2018 calling on Manchester to reapply it’s radical and pioneering verve. 2018 marks both the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Trades’ Union Congress (TUC) in Manchester and, on 6th February, the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 – granting votes for women for the first time.

It was a victory won by Moss Side-born Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst who inspired and led the Suffragette movement and is acclaimed the greatest northerner in history in a recent poll.

Mr Burnham set out his five resolutions for the New Year. “Right now, our divided world needs a new dose of that radical Manchester spirit. So, as we prepare to celebrate these momentous events, we should resolve today to apply it afresh to the many challenges of our own difficult times.”

Mr. Burnham’s 5 resolutions included support for those affected by the Arena bomb last May and continuing to press government for more funding for Greater Manchester’s emergency services .

Keeping homelessness high on the agenda is another resolution as people demand urgent action to improve the situation. “I am confident that the plans we have developed in Greater Manchester will continue to deliver real results,” he said, “but I will monitor progress closely, as well as continuing to donate monthly to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, as we work towards our goal of ending rough sleeping here by 2020.”

His fourth resolution is to initiate a major overhaul of the transport system. The increasing level of congestion on the roads reflected the fact that public transport was “simply not good enough”. Mr Burnham pledged to use new powers to change the way local buses worked as well making the case for new investment in infrastructure.

His fifth resolution is to continue to build the voice of the north and make the case for more devolution: “If we are to rise to the challenges of Brexit, we need to develop a world-class digital and transport infrastructure and have the freedom to innovate on policies which Westminster has traditionally neglected, such as technical education.

“While we live in difficult times, I start this year with great pride in our radical past and great optimism for what we are about to achieve.”

Original Story Written By Ray King for ilovemanchester.com 2/1/2018
Full version available online here

Manchester’s BooHoo.com Booms

 

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Manchester-based online fashion retailer boohoo has raised its guidance for full year revenue again to be 80% ahead of expectations, as it posts a 106% increase in half year turnover to £263m.

It was only in June that the company said it expects full year revenue to February 2018 to be 60% ahead of expectations but today’s half year results show the incredible pace of growth, with six-month pre-tax profits up 41% to £20.3m to the end of August 2017.

In June the company raised £50m on the stock market so that it could build an automated super-site of over 600,000 sq ft, which will provide it with over £2bn of net sales capacity to keep up with demand.

The boohoo brand continues to account for the majority of revenue at £182m but the company’s Pretty Little Thing brand, which it acquired at the start of the year, is seeing incredible growth with its half year revenue of £73m up by almost 290% on last year. Nasty Gal – it’s latest addition – had a turnover of £8.4m from March, with sales growing month on month, the company said.

As well as the introduction of new brands, boohoo has also expanded its range and plus size, curve, petite and menswear have been the categories with the highest sales and strongest growth, whilst the more recently-introduced boohooKids, maternity, lingerie and tall ranges are also showing high rates of growth. The company said its growth was largely attributable to international markets as it continues to increase market share overseas.

Article by Joanne Birtwistle, The BusinessDesk.com, 27/09/17
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Top Business Women Join In CEO Sleepout

On 16th October 2017 Old Trafford Cricket Ground will host Manchester’s 2nd CEO Sleepout. More than 80 business leaders will give up one night of comfort, sleeping out under the stars, at the iconic home of Lancashire County Cricket Club in a bid to fight poverty and homelessness in Manchester. Jenna Bowyer (Business intelligence developer at Boohoo.com) and Julie Wilson (co-founder of Rule 5) are among the group of prominent business women taking part in the sleep out.

Statistics from national homeless charity Crisis show that while the vast majority of rough sleepers are male, life for women on the streets can be particularly bad, with one in four women sleeping rough having been sexually assaulted in the past year, three in 10 being the subject of sexual violence while homeless, and six in 10 being intimidated or threatened with violence.

Julie Wilson told Business Desk her reason for being involved:  “Homelessness is an issue close to my heart and I’m delighted to join an increasing number of women in this year’s CEO Sleepout, raising not only vital funds but awareness of local charities such as MASH, who provide invaluable support to women living on the streets of Manchester. It’s a fantastic event, uniting business leaders from all sectors to tackle what is a growing problem.”

Since its foundation in 2013 by businessman and philanthropist Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout has raised more than £1m thanks to support from thousands of executives participating in its sleepouts. In 2016, 87 Manchester business leaders raised £64,000 by sleeping rough with the scheme. Ministry 2 Business was part of a small team that helped establish the initiative in Manchester.

Preston commented: “We’re really pleased to have a number of prominent women from the city joining us for the sleepout, who will help to highlight the needs of women sleeping rough.  This year we have had a great response from Manchester’s business community and other leading figures from the city’s civic life. Our priority as a charity is to raising awareness of the homeless crisis being seen in cities across the country, and this can only be achieved through joint working, so we will continue to work with a range of partners that can affect change and tackling underlying causes of homelessness and prevent it before it occurs.”

You can find out more about CEO Sleepout on the website.

Article written by Nick Jackson, The Business Desk.com, 26/09/17
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New Chairman For Co-Op Insurance

Co-op Insurance appoints chairman

Peter Hubbard is Co-op Insurance’s new chairman.  The former chief executive of AXA and UKGeneral has also held non-executive roles at QMetric Group, Keoghs and Sure Thing Insurance.

Mr. Hubbard said he joins Co-op Insurance at an “exciting and important time in its transformation journey”.

“Co-op Insurance has a long and distinguished history, and we have the opportunity now to create and deliver a compelling Co-op Insurance for the future, one which meets the needs of millions of Co-op members and customers.”

Article by Storm Rannard, Assistant Digital Editor at Insider Media Limited.
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Spotlight: James Everall ‘The Job Search Entrepreneur’

James Everall launched Christian Jobs in November 2018 has a passion to see people fully use their gifts and talents at work.

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John Haines has worked with Projekts Mcr since 2001 and has ambitious plans to expand the skatepark

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Manchester Christmas Markets 2018

More than 9 million visitors are expected to visit Manchester’s Christmas Markets which open Friday 9th November.

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