In Association With
Members of the Made in Bury Business Academy

We are a Digital Marketing Agency based in Bury, proudly supporting businesses in the Greater Manchester area and beyond. Our mission is to help SMEs and Start ups do their digital marketing right, so they can compete with larger organisations and achieve their goals. 

The way we do this is unique to your business as we believe what works for one business may not work for another. We get to know your business to help us create digital campaigns that will achieve the best results. With this personal approach we believe we stand out from the rest, speaking to you in a language you understand and letting you know exactly what is going on in the business you have invested so much of your time and effort in. 
Our services range from beautiful bespoke web design, SEO (which will increase your rankings on Google), social media marketing as well as branding and graphic design.

CLASS OF 2017 - Through the Looking Glass Studios Ltd

We're a boutique, portrait photography studio based in Prestwich, Bury.

Specialising in many types of creative studio services, we believe in capturing those special moments that matter, so that you can cherish them forever.

Whether you want to savour an occasion with the whole family, enjoy memories of maternity, beautiful newborns or special pets, we offer personalised experiences to suit all of your needs.

As creatives, we love ideas and special requests. So, if you prefer elegant black-and-white, stylish vintage, or exploding colours, you'll always have photographs that reflect your lifestyle and artistic expression. Each session is completely unique - we don't do routine.

We really care about your wants and needs and when we share our creative ideas together, we'll be able to create stunning shots for you and your friends and family to enjoy for a lifetime. So, feel free to pop in for a chat. We're a friendly, small team and we're looking forward to hearing from you.

class of 2017 - shiny music management

Shiny Music provides the highest quality and affordable professional acts for your venue or event in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Whether you run a business that has regular entertainment requirements or you’re planning a party for a special personal occasion, we have the acts to suit. Top Class Live Singers, Bands, Comedians, Variety Acts, X Factor and BGT Stars. We provide online and print marketing assistance for the events and have many satisfied customers and happy artists.

The Team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise developed over 30 years in the Music industry, allowing Shiny Music to offer you a professional helping hand with all your entertainment requirements.

class of 2017 - Lilli Oliver Cake Boutique

Lilli Oliver Cake Boutique based in the heart of Bury town centre is a unique cake shop. Awarded the The Made in Bury business Retailer 2016.

The elegant Tea room, think Alice in Wonderland meets Marie Antoinette hosts many events, such as Baby showers, children's parties, cupcake workshops and cake decorating classes.

During the week we provide light lunches, afternoon Tea, fresh baked cakes and scones.

We specialise in custom made celebration cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes and dessert tables. Our philosophy behind our baking is simple, we bake everything on site from scratch, home baked cakes using fresh ingredients, contemporary styled.

We have had a lot of press coverage being the first to introduce 'Freakshakes' to the Northwest, voted top 10 in the UK by cosmopolitan magazine, having write ups in the Guardian and we regularly feature in Manchester Evening News most recently for the new craze of Unicorn cakes and parties.

class of 2017 - senior waste removals

Senior Waste Removals is a local waste management business based in Bury.

Warren Senior started his business up part time at first, in-between having another job in summer 2015. Eventually building it up and becoming busy enough to leave in January 2017 and solely concentrate on Senior Waste Removals.

We offer a variety of services. House/Office, Shed/Garage Clearances, Removal of household rubbish, garden and builders waste.

We can quite often beat any skip price depending on the waste, and we do all the loading, making it much more affordable and less hassle for our customers.

We have an excellent reputation around Ramsbottom and Bury. People know when they use us our waste gets disposed of at the highest standard, in fact up to 70% of our waste gets recycled at a local Waste Unit in Heywood.

We hope to grow bigger and cover larger areas in the future having a waste unit of our own and getting into recycling ourselves, helping towards a greener planet.

class of 2017 - The Victoria Bar, Restaurant and Guest House

The Victoria Bar, Restaurant and Guest House was re launched in March in 2017, with a focus of creating a warm friendly environment on the verge of the countryside.  Offering good quality local food, drinks, entertainment and accommodation. 

With the tag line “bringing the Vic back to the village” The Victoria Walshaw prides itself in the outreach to the local business and residences, this so far includes craft afternoons, book clubs and a meeting place for the local PTA. Already some strong links have been formed with Christ Church Walshaw and the local school.

Richards background in the retail and hospitality sectors brought him to Bury seven years ago from Northern Ireland. Bringing strong leadership skills and knowledge from high profile corporate organisations at a senior levels Richard prides himself in excellent customer service and people development. It is these transferable skills being put into practice that have set the foundations and  already a positive outlook and reputation in the local area is recognised at this early stage through the coaching and development of his team. 

class of 2017 - swimmingly

At Swimmingly we make swimming easy! We offer a new way to learn to swim that is simple, quick and fun; helping swimmers of all abilities and aspirations master a fast, efficient and beautiful technique that’s based on working with the water not against it. Whatever your age, fitness level or swimming goal our ‘Total Immersion’ approach gets better results more quickly than with conventional teaching.

Total Immersion (TI) is the world’s most efficient, satisfying and easiest-to-learn swimming technique; first it puts you at ease in the water then it teaches you how to cleverly adapt human anatomy to swim more like an aquatic mammal. TI aims to enrich as many lives as possible by improving the way swimming is taught and practiced and to make the experience of swimming more accessible, enjoyable and satisfying for everybody no matter what their goal. With TI, you don’t need youth, athleticism or special talents or to swim endless boring lengths to become the swimmer you want to be.

Swimmingly offers private swimming lessons and coaching at our private pool in Ramsbottom from the only qualified, certified level 2 TI coach in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area. 

class of 2017 - netveg ltd

Netveg is a local business based in Bury that aims to provide market fresh produce at market prices to people’s doors.

We currently offer several different boxes, and more recently we released our “build a box” which allows people to choose exactly what goes in their boxes. No box is more than £20 unless we are doing special seasonal boxes, such as Christmas, which went down a treat in 2016 – and for quality and quantity, we are pretty sure you would struggle to beat it! On top of that we offer free delivery service within 5 miles of Bury and Bolton.

We also have seasonal specials and “add ons” which we update regularly and can be added to any box.

The business was launched in May 2016 and our first online orders were made in October 2016, just in time for the December rush.

We hope to grow and be able to deliver our great produce to further afield in the near future and have some great things lined up for 2017. Being part of the Bury Business Academy will hopefully help with this and allow us to gain new knowledge and develop some fresh ideas.

class of 2017 - stay n play doggy daycare

Our goal is to provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment for you to leave your pet with peace of mind that they are having fun and being well cared for in your absence. We will always endeavour to give our doggies and their humans a great service that isn’t only affordable but rewards you for your custom. We aim to stand out from the crowd, leave a lasting impression and to be your go-to place for doggy daycare and grooming in Radcliffe.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your four-legged friend into the Stay N Play family. Our team love animals and are mad about dogs! Every one of us is a dog owner and we know how difficult it can be balancing a busy lifestyle with the demands of being a loving dog owner.

Whether it’s long working hours, a hectic schedule meaning you don’t always have the time to dedicate to fully exercising your dog or like us harbouring feelings of guilt whenever you have to leave your dog at home alone, Stay N Play Doggy Daycare has the perfect solution for you.

class of 2017 - military standard training

Military Standard Training were founded in September 2016 with the aim of utilising the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience of former Armed Forces personnel to deliver our range of training programmes.

We offer Armed Forces Preparation programmes to 16-24 year olds in order to develop key skills and attributes required to join the Armed Forces. We also offer Alternative provision to secondary school pupils utilising a military Ethos approach to help re-align behaviours and to help young people re-engage with academic studies.

Recently we have started to offer bespoke corporate Armed Forces experience training and development days and will soon be offering health and wellbeing packages to business and the general public.

With a strong vision and leadership we will create and deliver opportunities for people from all walks of life to enable them to better themselves and the communities in which they live.

class of 2017 - Icon kitchen studio

Icon kitchen studio opened its doors October 2015 at 115 Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2NW.  Its owner Amanda Dunlop has been in the kitchen industry for nearly twenty years, working for some of the biggest kitchen brands and deciding to branch out on her own.

We specialise in designing and supplying Italian, German and English branded kitchens and bedrooms.  Amanda not only meets prospective clients in the showroom, makes site visits to client’s homes to obtain measurements of the rooms, designs, plans and costs the plans but also sees the whole of the installation process through from start to finish.  This makes for a very personal service and helps to avoid any design hiccups.

We pride ourselves on our innovative design skills, bringing the most out of every space we are asked to plan.  Our customer service is second to none and have just been awarded ‘Best of Houzz service award 2017’.

If you are in the market for a new kitchen or bedroom please visit our beautiful showroom, you may be surprised we can offer kitchens and bedrooms to suit most budgets!

class of 2017 - calmstitch

CalmStitch is a company that designs and creates a product that combines the creative art of cross stitch with mindfulness and empowering messages. CalmStitch cross stitch kits contain everything you need to create beautiful embroideries that will help induce a sense of calm and mindfulness as you stitch and leave you with a finished product designed to help you feel positive and uplifted.  

CalmStitch is a new business in Bury launched in 2017 by Nichola. Nichola is a qualified counsellor and teacher with fifteen years’ experience working in education and counselling. She is passionate about empowering others through helping them achieve their potential. CalmStitch kits will help users develop their mindfulness skills whilst learning the creative art of cross stitch.

CalmStitch has already been presented with a Start up Award from Santander and the University of Salford. We are very proud to be part of the Made in Bury Business Academy and we look forward to working in partnership to help our business grow. 

class of 2017 - field service solutions

Run by two directors with strong values around excellence in customer service and reputation. Field Service Solutions Ltd provide companies with the opportunity to outsource activities which have become obstacles to growth. 

With trained professionals our core business focus is the installation, maintenance and refurbishment of coffee and water machinery. Although coffee and water are our primary business currently, it is our intention to expand this field in other, more specialist areas, such as boiler inspection and testing, roasting machine servicing and refrigeration. 

Our expertise lies in delivering service efficiently, consistently and with continuity. Mobilising people quickly and to jobs which reflect their skills set, and in a manner that preserves the reputation of our customer.

class of 2017 - the vesta approach

I’m Victoria Seed. I have launched The Vesta Approach after working as a teacher, trainer and substance misuse worker, supporting children and families for fifteen years. The Vesta Approach is a unique service for family members affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. I offer confidential, therapeutic sessions on getting the loved one into treatment, reducing the pressures on the family member and most importantly, helping them live the life they deserve.

Living with someone who is drug or alcohol dependent is incredibly difficult. They may not admit they have a problem and the concerned family member will probably feel like they have tried everything they can to help them to change their behaviour. Typically, the person using drugs or alcohol is seen as needing as much help as possible, however, family members, also living with addiction, need their own support. The Vesta Approach is here to prioritise their needs, their future, and their happiness.

The Vesta Programme is accessible through face to face and Skype sessions, plus an online programme of support, ensuring help can be accessed for all.  

class of 2017 - Maid in Bury

Bespoke Housekeeping and Home Management Services

Maid in Bury is a new domestic services experience in Bury and surrounding areas, providing high quality services at competitive prices.

Our aim is to reduce the stress in people’s lives, by offering a one stop shop of services to handle those little jobs that take up valuable free time. We provide a luxury hotel experience within our customer’s homes.

We provide one off or regular cleans and we ensure that all beds are freshly made, the house is tidied and fresh towels are put out on every visit.

If clothes need laundering and ironing, we offer that at the same time as we clean our customers home, in addition to feeding pets, wardrobe organizing or picking up dry cleaning.

Whatever needs doing to free up spare time, we will do it. 

class of 2017 - The ramsbottom tap

The Ramsbottom Tap was launched September 2015.

We have 10 beer Craft Keg lines taps with a collection of crafted beers from around the world. 

We have 6 taps Real Ciders, traditional Ciders plus 5 Real Ales taps (free house) and Frizzanti on tap (Jugs of prosecco from 4 to 8 people).

We do great Cocktails.

Great place with a fantastic atmosphere.

We have had many parties here.

Food is coming very soon.... street food.

CLASS OF 2016 - Gem Business Support Ltd

GEM Business Support Ltd is a Virtual PA / Administration and Business Support Company based in Bury.  We offer an array of services to business owners who need help to keep their business ticking over in the background.  Our services include general administration, CRM management, bookkeeping, social media, blog writing, call-answering and on-site assistance when the need arises.  Professional and flexible assistance when you need it most.

CLASS OF 2016 - Connect2Bury

Connect2Bury provides the highest quality and affordable social media solutions to small and medium sized businesses in the Bury and Greater Manchester area.

Whether you have a small business you are just starting up independently, or you are a long standing company who needs a helping hand in the social media world, we can help! We are instrumental in maximising your company's online presence through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We assist in building new client relationships and provide social media help, advice and training. Effective and successful social media comes from getting to know your business inside and out. We invest the time necessary to understand your business needs, so we can represent you accurately and bring value to your company.

CLASS OF 2016 - Persona

Bury Council Adult Care Services stepped out from Bury Council at the end of September 2015 and 371 staff were transferred on TUPE arrangements to Persona. Senior Managers set up Persona Care and Support Ltd in October 2015 as a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo).

In addition Persona has contracts in place and a number of premises leases to continue to deliver care and support to existing and future customers. The organisation supports vulnerable customers to live as independent as possible in a variety of settings that include support in the community for customers with a learning disability, older people, people with Physical and mental health disabilities, and people with complex health needs.

Some of the services are regulated with the Care Quality Commission. Persona has a board of Directors made up of the following, and a full back office team to support operations.

CLASS OF 2016 - Pure Clean Radcliffe

Andrew Muramaa lives with his partner Debbie and 3 children. The business PURE CLEAN RADCLIFFE was launched on 1st February 2016 securing his first contract in February.  Andrew has been involved in the supervision side of the cleaning industry most of his working life. With the support of family and friends he took the decision to fulfil a long held ambition to set up his own business. He has worked hard at setting up the professional foundations of management procedures and has in place vehicle, machines and materials ready to launch with a marketing campaign in April.

CLASS OF 2016 - Styled in Colour

“Styled In Colour” opened it’s doors to the general public back in March 2015.

I offer people the chance to create the very best versions of themselves whether it be through colour analysis, personal styling, make – up or all three.

I’ve had such a range of clients from teenagers wanting make-up lessons to 80 year old women who want colour analysis! I offer workshops, parties, one-to-one sessions, seminars and various events. I absolutely love my job and I think it’s my enthusiasm and commitment to making every client look and feel good which is the winning combination for me!

It takes 30 seconds to make a first impression and I'm determined in helping clients to make the right one. I think we owe it to ourselves to make the very best of what we've been given and here at Styled In Colour I'm confident that I can make that happen.

CLASS OF 2016 - Visual Loves

Helping forward thinking local companies in Manchester and Bury be found online, Increase sales and Connect with new customers. Visual Loves believes that no matter the size of business, everyone should be able to make the right impression with their website and digital marketing. We have three core services that we offer our clients:

Our main offering is website design and development. This can be anything from a one page site right the way up to massive E-commerce projects, every day we create websites for businesses of all sizes.

Our Second offering is Digital Marketing - Here we create a marketing plan that has the right mix of Social Media Marketing and paid advertisement, SEO, Email Marketing and Landing page creation.

Our final core service is Conversion Optimization: This is when you have a website, it’s getting good traffic but little to no-one is buying from you. With our expert knowledge we turn your clicks in to customers.

Our vision is to be the enabler for small business - We want to provide SMEs with access to a team of digital experts at a fraction of the price and help them grow.

CLASS OF 2016 - Dollypops Facepainting

"Dollypops Facepainting was established in 2012. Initially providing face painting in Bury for school fairs, however with the demand for face painters I now cover Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and surrounding areas working at corporate events, festivals abs children's parties.

I am DBS checked, fully insured for public liability and very proficient working with children as a parent myself as well as a professional face paint artist.  

The smile on the face in the mirror seeing the finished work is all important to me and i love to see the pleasure my designs bring to children and adults alike."

CLASS OF 2016 - Relax Kids Bury

Relax Kids Bury was launched in June 2015, by Aislinn Marek.  A Relax Kids coach and qualified counsellor (MBACP), she has a wealth of experience in children's mental health and education, having worked for over 15 years in schools, with CAMHS, hospitals and in the community. 

Relax Kids Bury offers fun activity classes for children.  Sessions follow the Relax Kids’ award-winning 7 step approach, consisting of movement and exercise, mindfulness and relaxation games, stretching, peer or self-massage, breathing techniques, affirmations and visualisations.  Classes are based upon imaginative themes and gently introduce children to simple and fun mindfulness tools that can be used in all areas of their lives.  

CLASS OF 2016 - Shack Wrap
Nick Shack created ‘Shack Wrap’ after 10 years working in the bike industry.
He has a love for all things with 2 wheels and after purchasing his own bike (with a unique paint job) wanted to do all he could to ‘protect his ride’
From here, Colleagues, Riding buddies and customers alike were all asking for their bikes to be protected using his kits too. Demand soon grew, and with a passion to protect his customers investments – Shack Wrap was born!
Shack Wrap uses the highest quality clear polyurethane films, which can be applied to bikes (Frames, forks and cranks) to help protect them from the elements whilst out riding, such as; scratches, dents, stone chips, paint fade, scuffs and much more. 
The film is applied to the areas that would get the most wear and tear, and whilst it can’t protect the bike in any major accidents, it can help the paint work to continue looking almost as good as the day you bought it!  When you eventually come to remove it – You can peel it back to reveal a bike that’s almost certainly worth more than it would have been if you hadn’t chosen to protect it with Shack Wrap!
CLASS OF 2016 - Studio17 Architecture

Studio17 Architecture is a Bury based architectural practice specialising in the commercial, residential & retail sectors of architecture.  Studio17 was launched in January 2015 by Stephen Hunt after over 15 years’ experience in practices around the north west.

Studio17 Architecture provides full architectural services, contract administration and construction project management.  Helping client’s realise their perfect environment, whether a kitchen extension or a retail park, we strive to create stunning spaces through excellent design and knowledge of construction materials.

From traditional architecture to contemporary design, this is what we do.

CLASS OF 2016 - Two Tubs

An icon of Bury; "The Oldest Pub in Bury" nearly 300 years old and still standing. A listed building with photos of old Bury on all the walls to keep nostalgia alive. 

The Two Tubs has 2 bars, and can be used for private functions by closing off the back entrance, benefitting from further opportunities. Fresh food is one of our best selling points at this time. Simple pub food with a mix of tapas for the more "well-travelled" customer who likes something different.

We have an agenda to continue with the pub "Oldest Pub in Bury" theme; old pub games, quiz nights, but also live bands as this is a sort after event in Bury and we want to get it right.

CLASS OF 2016 - DeCluttering Your Home

DeClutteringYourHome provide S.O.S solutions to everyday home issues – by this we mean, Simple, Organised & Stylish.  If you are overwhelmed by tackling your cluttered unorganised home, if you are hoping to move, have just got bogged down with trying too ‘keep things’ and all the emotional attachments to them, or are cl wanting to start but don’t know where to – then the team at DeClutteringYourHome can help.

We offer a wide range of services – Whole House DeClutter, House Styling for Home Sale, Wardrobe Makeovers, Garage & Storage Solutions, DeClutter & Design, we can work to your timescales and aspirations. We will visit ( no need to tidy up first ) and undertake a full consultation to understand you, your home, lifestyle, timescales, and budget – you will find we are cheaper than you think, and everyone says – I’d love to use your service, I doubt I can afford it, and then …why didn’t I do this before.

CLASS OF 2016 - Shooting stars football academy

"Shooting Stars Football Academy was founded by Richard Law, an FA qualified coach, and former member of Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers academies. As a passionate coach and football fan, he was frustrated by the distinct lack of high quality coaching provided to Bury’s children both in schools and at local clubs. He felt that this was contributing to the latest generation's lack of interest in sport and the ever worsening obesity epidemic and decided to set up a business committed to the elite coaching of kids from pre-school upwards in the local area.

Shooting Stars Football Academy was born!

We now provide coaching services to hundreds of children across Bury including working with local primary schools providing school and lunchtime clubs, PPA cover, PE provision, private one to one sessions, holiday camps, and our extremely popular pre-school classes for children as young as 18 months old.
As our business continues to expand, our mission statement remains at the heart of our business and all our coaches and partners. We all share the same passion to instill an unwavering confidence and belief in every child we coach and “create generation after generation of stars”.

CLASS OF 2016 - Natal Hypnotherapy Greater Manchester

Natalie Qureshi is a Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner who teaches hypnobirthing and relaxation techniques to pregnant women, helping them manage pain and reduce anxieties during pregnancy and birth. 

Courses are run for women and their birth partners and can be taken as a group workshop or private sessions. Hypnobirthing is increasingly welcomed within the NHS, with many midwives and doctors recognising the benefits.

Natalie also offers doula support to women during birth which offers practical, physical and emotional preparation during pregnancy and labour.

A fully qualified hypnotherapist, Natalie previously worked in economic consultancy for a number of years.  She has strong links with the undergraduate midwifery degree at Manchester University and lectures to student midwives at Manchester and Salford universities as well as acting as a lay assessor for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

CLASS OF 2016 - Village Greens

Village Greens Community Co-op is a grocery store, owned by its members. You can help grow and expand this shop in Prestwich, offering a unique service. They offer an ethical alternative shopping experience to supermarkets, where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, wholefoods and everyday essentials made from natural ingredients; where people can buy high quality food, with minimal processing, at affordable prices. 

Village Greens Community Co-op's aim is to trade honestly and ethically with their growers, suppliers and producers; promote local produce ; offer a choice of organic foods free from artificial additives, preservatives and colours; and they operate a ‘No Junk Policy’.


Balloons by Design is a new local bespoke balloon décor business for Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Celebrations and Corporate Events.  

With over 15 years experience within the "celebration industry" and a passion to help people celebrate their special occasions, I wanted to develop a business that was dedicated to offering a unique decoration service with a friendly but always professional approach.

What makes us distinctive?  We believe that every occasion is unique and the décor should reflect the individuality of the organiser/recipient to help make the event spectacular but above all, memorable.  With a wealth of knowledge and expertise we offer that personal touch working together on customer's ideas to build an individual, bespoke style of décor.