Bury Business Leadership GroupBury business leaders that are passionate about our businesses and passionate about Bury
Welcome to the Bury Business Leadership Group
Who are we?
The Bury Business Leadership Group is collaboration between local business leaders and Team Bury (Bury's strategic partnership) to improve communication, understanding and a joint commitment to support the wider economic development of the borough.
We have been working together since April 2016 with a remit of putting business growth, innovation and entrepreneurialism at the heart of what the public sector do.
We are a group of individuals from a diverse range and size of businesses across the borough. We are supported by the elected Leader of Bury Council and the Chief Executive who represent Bury's public sector.
Our vision: "To foster a vibrant and dynamic Bury, building on our entrepreneurial culture, to enable residents to take advantage of a well-connected economy".
COVID-19 Small Business Grant Scheme
Check for eligibility and confirm your bank details on the Bury Council - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - business grants.
- £10,000 grant for occupied business premises in receipt of small business rates relief.
- £25,000 grant to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with rateable values between £15,000 and £51,000.
Details of the members of Bury Business Leadership Group
Managing Director / Avoira Ltd
I left college at 17 and started work at Avoira Ltd (formerly known as Pennine) as an apprentice engineer. I continued to obtain my City & Guilds Qualifications at night school. Over the years, although I have only worked for one company, I have had roles in engineering, sales, marketing and business management. In 2003 I led a successful management buyout and became Managing Director.
I have an interest in technology and skills especially the STEM subjects.
I am a Fellow of the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), Fellow of The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Chair of Governors Bolton College, Member of Rossendale Business Leaders Forum, Bury President of Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a Primary School Governor and Trustee of Youth Work Charity which aims to improve the life chances Young People in the local area.
Managing Partner / Connor Richardson
I am the Managing Partner and co-founder of Connor Richardson Accountants, a small firm of Chartered Accountants based in Bury with a satellite office in Cheadle Hulme. Specialising in tax returns, VAT and payroll services, we mainly act for individuals, but also assist small/medium sized business and start-ups with areas such as limited company information, preparation of annual accounts and business tax returns.
I am also Chair of the Bury Town Centre Management Board, an independent partnership between public and private sector organisations across Bury with the aim of co-ordinating efforts to promote and improve Bury. Members include Bury Council, Greater Manchester Police, Bury Market, various representatives from the business community, transport and community groups.
Director / GLP Law
Graham Leigh is the Senior Partner at GLP Solicitors, with responsibility for general management for the GLP Solicitors firms and has over 30 years experience within the legal profession and a wealth of business knowledge.
Graham is a past President and previous Honorary Secretary of his local Law Society and presently advises a number of charities.
Graham has a special interest in the utilisation of technology in the workplace ensuring all businesses with which he is involved are at the forefront of I.T. advancement. Graham is Legal Director at dictate2us Limited, the UK's leading transcription and translation outsourcing company, based in Manchester.
Married with two sons, Graham has a passion for photography which he enjoys in his spare time.
Representing Best of Bury businesses
thebestofbury has been established for over 12 years and we market and promote the best local businesses connecting them to thousands of other local businesses and to tens of thousands of local Bury people. We do this via many channels including, networking, exhibitions, billboards, banners, social media, newsletters and word of mouth.
Made in Bury Ltd - Delivering premier events, awards, exhibitions and a Business Academy in Bury, including:
- The Made in Bury Business Awards.
- The North West's Premier Business Fair.
- The Made in Bury Business Academy.
- The Made in Bury Brunch Club
- The Made in Bury Business Draw
Community Champion / connecting with businesses within the Jewish community
I have been the Rabbi at Whitefield Hebrew Congregation based on Park Lane in Whitefield since 1987, a community of some seven hundred families.
I have served - since its inception in 2001 - as a member of the Greater Manchester Faith and Communities Leaders Forum, which meets regularly under the chairmanship of the Bishop of Manchester.
As a leader in the Jewish community And one engaged in strengthening the fabric of society by good inter-faith and inter-communal relationships, I view the economic environment as a crucial factor in the long term strengthening of local life.
I believe that business growth can be the key to increased prosperity for our borough and the region. The result can hopefully be better chances and a better life for all.
I am therefore committed to the group so that I can play my part in the strengthening of our lives and the community in Bury and beyond.
Cllr. David Jones
Leader / Bury Council
I am Councillor David Jones, and I was elected as leader of Bury Council in July 2019.
I have represented Unsworth ward since 2012 and was chair of the licensing committee for six years. Before being elected I worked for the council as head of the Community Safety Team between 2006 and 2010.
Prior to that I served with Greater Manchester Police, and was an inspector for more than 20 years before retiring as the officer in charge at Whitefield Police Station.
Chief Executive / Bury Council
Over the past few years, Geoff has had the responsibility for strategic development of children's, adults and education services, supporting the development of GM Health and Social Care Devolution, implementation of the health and social care reforms within Manchester and more recently became the Chief Executive of Bury Council.
Geoff started straight from school as a junior clerical assistant, at Liverpool City Council and has worked his way up to Chief Executive of Bury Council, following 9 years as Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester Council.
Principal / Bury College
I would like to introduce myself as the Principal and Chief Executive of Bury College, a further education college which offers a wide range of learning opportunities for all.
Dedicated to providing the communities we serve with a broad choice of learning options, Bury College offers a range of A Level courses, vocational programmes and apprenticeships. In addition to this, higher level courses are available to study at Bury College University Centre, as well as courses for adults. Training programmes are also delivered by Business Solutions, the college's employer-responsive arm.
Bury College is proud to consistently achieve excellent results. We are extremely proud to be in the top 10% of further education colleges in the country for 16-18 year old achievement progression in vocational Level 3, English and mathematics, as reported by the department for Education performance table January 2018.
In recent years, the college campus has seen investment of over £48 million in state-of-the-art modern facilities which further supports teaching and learning. The most recent development includes the Endeavour Centre which boasts a range of facilities to support our Plumbing and Computer Science courses.
Managing Director / Sales & Marketing Director / Hamilton Heath Estate Ltd
Hamilton Heath is a Property Investment / Development Company based in Bury town centre. Our current investment portfolio includes warehouses, land, retail shops and offices. The in house team manage all our own property including letting, maintaining and refurbishing and also occasionally selling.
Andrew, as MD, heads up the team and identifies properties that are either in need of refurbishment or require asset management - and sites where new multi-let properties can be built. These properties are then either sold or retained within the investment portfolio.
Julie Ann works closely with Andrew and deals with lettings, marketing and client liaison.
Director -Microbiological Solutions
MSL are a support service predominantly servicing the cosmetics and associated industries. We work with over 18 countries across the world
I am Managing Director of MSL and also majority shareholder.
Having progressed my way through various departments and technical roles within the companies I have worked for I have been fortunate in that I have gained much of my knowledge as part of my personal development and progression within those roles.
My extensive technical knowledge covers industrial microbiology, specialising in the Personal Care Industry & disinfectants, third party auditing, hygienic plant design and hygiene management.
I have developed my training skills and I am motivated to bring out the best in members of staff.
I would like to give my support to the council and also be able to challenge local and central council initiatives, representing SME's views and opinions. "Telling it how it is"
I am very keen on getting local young people interested in science.
Molygran is a family business and is recognised as the leading polystyrene convertor in the North West.
With almost 40 years' experience converting and supplying expanded polystyrene (EPS), we are the go-to company for jobs requiring innovative design and precision tooling. We can profile cut any shape you want. Our reputation for exceptional customer service and quality is second to none.
As managing director I bring experiences gained in many industries. Qualifying as a chartered accountant I quickly moved in to lean manufacturing; animal feeds; call centres and finally twenty years of consulting.
Managing Director - Dream Agility
I am the CEO and co-founder of Dream Agility which is an award winning software company based in Ramsbottom. We provide cutting edge web based software enabling companies who manage Google shopping to increase traffic to their websites and improve return on investment.
We are a Google and Bing Certified Partner, recently winning the EMEEA Google Partners 2016 New Business Award in Berlin. Other awards include Start up of the Year winner at FDM Everywoman in Technology Award and Digital Professional of the Year at the Made in Manchester awards.
I am a qualified engineer, starting my career working as a designer before moving into engineering recruitment. In 2002 I decided on a radical career change, launching myself as a 'flirt guru', author and international speaker, helping businesses to shine in their chosen field. I have worked for many blue chip brands helping to endorse their products and have written a number of best selling non-fiction books, including 'Flirting for Dummies', published by Wiley as part of this well know series.
In 2012 I became co-founder and Chief Executive of Dream Agility and I am also the Director and Technology Partner at Jewellers Ark, the UK's fastest growing independent on-line jewellery retailer.
Barclays Bank UK PC
I have worked for Barclays Bank UK PLC for 30 years. Throughout my time with Barclays I've worked across many different departments and branches.
I enjoy my leadership role and working closely with local community, upskilling them through the Life Skills Programme and supporting digital awareness using our Digital Eagles. Barclays also assist customers with cyber security and the provide work experience opportunities to local schools.
Kadant UK has been operating from our Winterburn, Woodhill Road, Bury site since 1973. Our talented team of 85 people, designs and manufactures highly-engineered structures and unique, patented composites of glass and carbon fibre in specially developed, nanotechnology enhanced resins. Kadant UK is the global research & development and production centre for these special composites for all Kadant's operations around the world.
We serve well known customers throughout the UK and over 75% of everything we make is exported around the world to customers who need our products and expertise to keep their production processes operating continuously and efficiently. Kadant UK is growing as new customers seek out our expertise and we are constantly on the look-out for more talented people to join us. We are very proud to contribute to Bury, Manchester and indeed the wider UK economy.
Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd
Established in 1966, Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd are a civil engineering contractor based in Bury who work throughout the country undertaking a variety of work types, including pipelines, wind farms, household waste recycling centres, public realm, highway infrastructure, land remediation and reclamation, many on a design and build basis. We are currently on frameworks with Environment Agency and Northern Gas Networks across the North of England.
I commenced working for the company in 1999 on completion of a Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) degree and have worked my way up from Setting Out Engineer to my current position of Director. I became a member of the Bury Business Leadership Group to form links and relationships with other local companies, and to understand opportunities within the local area.
Thumps Up (Bury) Ltd
I am the Company Secretary at Thumps Up (Bury) Limited, a manufacturer of plastic products located in Greenfield. Thumbs Up formed in 1980 and rapidly gained a reputation for being one of the most innovative companies in its field.