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Serving those in the grip of work

04 January 2013

THE diocese of Manchester has acquired a "Vicar to the Business Community", it announced last month.

The Revd Peter Horlock (above), who is 36, is leading a new project, Ministry2Business, a joint venture between Manchester diocese and "a growing network of local Christian professionals and business owners", the diocesan website says. Mr Horlock is working with St Anne's, in Manchester city centre.

Mr Horlock said that he would be providing "confidential one-to-one support to business leaders" in Manchester, and "hosting events aimed at tackling key business issues".

He said that businesspeople respected the Archbishop-designate, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, because he had worked as a business executive. "Some people can relate more easily to an Archbishop who has been out in the grip of work, had to make tough decisions and money, and hasn't compromised his own faith within that."

A report published by Ecclesiastical Investment Management last month, suggested that 53 per cent of respondents wanted their money to make "a positive difference", as well as a profit.

The survey of 2000 adults, carried out by OnePoll, showed that 29 per cent of those questioned "associate investing with greed, excessive charges, and a lack of information".

The Head of Investments at Ecclesiastical Investment Management, Sue Round, said that "Ethical investment doesn't mean sacrificing a healthy return, and your money can still make a difference."


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