• Accessibility

    Web accessibility statement. How we are working towards making our web pages conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level "AA" and the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Accessibility statement for Bury Means Business website

This website is run by Bury Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader, for example, the latest versions of JAWS, VoiceOver, Narrator etc., some of which are free (such as NVDA)
  • view most of the website on mobile devices without you having to scroll from side to side

We've also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Ability Net has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know that this website are not fully accessible:

  • navigation is not possible for keyboard only users
  • some of our pages may not be fully accessible (for example: "Commercial property available in Bury" which is a plug-in from another site, Twitter feed, etc.)
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • links are only distiguishable from body text by use of colour

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, then please contact us (see below for contact details).

We'll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us.

It would be helpful if you include the following:

  • the URL(s)(web address) of the page(s) that you are having difficulties with
  • the nature of your disability, if any
  • a description of the problem

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the 'accessibility regulations'). If you're not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We do not have an office open to the public, but you can contact us using our online form: Send Us a Message. Alternatively, you can telephone us on 0161 253 6535, or write to Bury Means Business, Bury Council, Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0SW.

interesting fact

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.

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Bury Council is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

The main menu does not function for keyboard users, therefore most of the site in not accessible to desktop users who are unable to use a mouse. This is due to be fixed in the coming months.

The heading structure on some pages is not correct (e.g. some pages have "skipped" headings). This is due to be fixed in the coming months.

Some tables do not display properly on mobile devices and require the use of left and right scrolling or using the device on its side.

Links are only distiguished by colour. This is due to be fixed in the coming months by adding underlines.


Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they're accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or online forms.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they're not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will usually meet accessibility standards (there may be some exceptions to this for very complex PDFs which are non-essential for accessing our services).

How we tested this website

This website was last fully tested in 2018. We test sample pages at regular intervals using accessiblity tools such as Wave, Power Mapper etc.

We also test:

  • all new page templates that we introduce
  • online forms
  • PDF documents

This statement was prepared on 15 July 2020. It was last updated on 24 July 2020.