Leader of Bury Council
Councillor Rishi Shori was appointed leader of Bury Council in May 2016, becoming the first council leader in Greater Manchester to come from a BME background, as well as being the youngest leader in Bury Council’s history.
Councillor Shori has been an elected member of the Council since 2009, representing Radcliffe West ward for the last seven years and working as Deputy Leader for the last two years where he has held cabinet responsibility for health, housing, adult social care and finance.
Councillor Shori is committed to making Bury one of the best boroughs to live, work and study in, with one of his top five priorities to make Bury the business and entrepreneurial capital of the North West.
Councillor Shori was born and raised in Bury, having lived in Walshaw, Ainsworth and now residing in Radcliffe. He was educated at Bury Grammar School, and went on to Birmingham University where he studied law, qualifying as a solicitor in 2006.
Steve South is Station Director at Tower FM and Regional Station Director for The Wireless Group. He has worked successfully in the media and radio industries for more than 25 years in the North of England. Over the past 10 years, he has worked closely to create, develop and grow and a number of key community partnerships and is keen to establish a strong working relationship with key organisations in the Bury area.
He has worked with prestigious organisations like Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Leeds University Business School and Goldman Sachs SME scheme, to coach, mentor and advises small and medium size organisations, to grow and accelerate revenue growth.
Juliette is Business Centre Manager at BusinessLodge.
After graduating from Bolton University, Juliette kick started her early management career in Cyprus and the UAE working in Corporate Management. After 5 years of travel and career development, she decided it was time for a change of scenery and in 2009 with her husband and 2 young children, made the decision to move back to the UK, where she was offered the Centre Manager role at BusinessLodge. Juliette has a proven and consistent track record of exceptional sales and received various awards in recognition of those achievements, one award in particular that Juliette has received, includes Outstanding Centre Manager as awarded by Regus UK CEO, John Spencer.
The business centre has been pivotal in providing the local SME enterprise sector with flexible and affordable office space, creating a platform for local businesses to grow and develop. We know that different businesses have different needs, which is why our Centre caters across the board. With our diverse range of serviced offices, you can work within your budget and get the best value for your business without compromising on customer service. Juliette says “that is what drives the team, day in day out, delivery of exceptional customer service and a passion for what we do”.
Managing Director AFG LAW
Greg French joined the property department at AFG LAW in 2002. He became a partner and head of the department in 2004 and has also taken on the role of IT partner. He led the move to Bury in 2013 where he manages the entire team.
Greg’s areas of expertise include...
Wills – including inheritance tax planning
Lasting powers of attorney
Residential and commercial conveyancing including acting for developers in more complex issues
Commercial leases – acting for landlord or tenant
Business sales and purchases
Probate and administration of estates
Greg is also handling boundary disputes and rights of way matters with Michael Morgan, AFG LAW’s resident expert and former senior partner.
Outside of the office Greg has a young family which keeps him busy and he supports a number of charities, including the Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Greg blames the TV programme LA Law for getting him started on the path to becoming a solicitor! “It all started with the dream of a life surrounded by fast cars and beautiful women in Los Angeles” says Greg, “the reality is better!”
Business Growth Enabler - NatWest
After completing his Business Management degree Adam started his career with Natwest over 10 years ago.
In these years with Natwest, he has worked in a number of key areas including both Personal and Business Banking.
With his passion lying strongly with business banking, Adam spent 5 years in Commercial Banking where he assisted customers grow and achieve their goals by delivering advice and support
His recent move within the Bank has seen him being appointed to Business Growth Enabler covering Greater Manchester and Lancashire. This role fits hand in hand with Adams personality and his passion to drive local business. Recently Adam has assisted a number of local businesses both with funding and guidance in their business journey. He is well connected in the professional market making it easy for him to assist his customers and their needs. He is a firm believer SMEs are vital to the success of our economy and his goal has always been to be more than a provider of financial services to businesses wherever they operate.
Managing Director of GJ Plastics Ltd
Graham started GJ Plastics Ltd twenty two years ago. He has a wealth of experience in engineering, quality management, and design industries. Graham is passionate about designing and producing quality display and signage products as well as implementing new manufacturing methods.
Graham firmly believes in the importance of investing in new technology and the value of education and training for people. As a creative free-thinker, Graham utilises this through display point-of-sale and printed signage, ensuring the best marketing results for his clients.
Graham is a keen listener, hearing his clients’ needs and interpreting them to deliver the right package. It is essential that Graham and GJ Plastics always work to exceedingly high standards.
Partner and Head of the Commercial Department and Employment Team, Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall
Michael is a Partner and Head of the Commercial Department and Employment law team. He joined Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall in 2003 following a spell with a niche commercial law firm in London.
Michael specialises in commercial dispute resolution and employment law, advising businesses across the North West. He has a Masters Degree in Employment Law and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Michael boasts a wealth of experience advising on complex and high value disputes for all sizes of businesses from PLCs to sole traders, directors and other executive employees.
Michael also presents seminars, master-classes and in-house training events educating businesses on the latest developments in the fast changing employment law scene.
Suzanne Edmonds founded Square Peg Associates back in 2012 after working in the industry for a solid 20 years. As an Accrington born lass, she spent the first 10 years of her career within East Lancashire and then moved to the heart of Manchester City Centre.
Suzanne is an experienced and well-established Recruitment specialist, her determination and passion for networking drives the Square Peg brand for a successful future.
Recruitment is a people based industry and Suzanne simply – gets people.
For her, it’s all about passion, honesty and a lot of hard work. Known for going the extra mile, she eases the recruitment process for her clients whilst maintaining a high standard and reputation.
Suzanne still manages to make time for her family and her young son, she enjoys challenges such as the three peak challenge and socialising. Suzanne loves to travel, having explored Asia and South Africa but would be quite content with a croissant, her family and a bucket and spade in France!
As well as offering a personal insight into E. Anthony Orme's world of art, this popular art gallery - is run by his son, Chris, provides printing, framing and photography services.
Chris, his wife Vlasta and his father, Anthony all work together within the family business and love what they do, they have a passion for fine art and many of the work displayed in their gallery has a sentiment to Bury.
Alongside stunning portraits, paintings and sketches, the gallery is home to a specialist framing service. You can pop in with memorabilia, photographs or your own paintings and select a luxury frame which will showcase your item beautifully. Chris is an expert in picture framing, his attention to detail is incredible and his enthusiasm for framing and conservation is infectious.
Bid & Compliance Coordinator - HH Smith & Sons
Diane has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years both in the private and public sectors.
In 2013, Diane was employed by H.H. Smith with the remit to improve the company’s contract award ratio through ensuring good practice in the business was monitored and recorded to enable a more reflective demonstration of capability and capacity to be included in future tenders.
This role was undertaken while still working at the University of Manchester, until March 2016, where she worked for in excess of 13 years specialising in facility management procurement.
At the University of Manchester she spear headed a number of sustainable initiatives whilst working within the procurement department. These included an internal online furniture store, sub-contractor sustainability evaluations and the recording of environmental impacts all of which supported the implementation by the Sustainability Team of a customised Higher Education Net Positive Tool for suppliers.
This experience has enhanced the value Diane brings to H.H. Smith’s management teams.
Performance Solutions Administrator – EMEA - Milliken
Kath has worked for Milliken & Company since 1978 working at Milliken European Airbag Products in Bury. She has worked in the Industrial Engineering department for most of that time, but has also been Shipping Team Leader for 10 years, exporting products worldwide and Planning Team Leader for 3 years. In 2013 Kath was asked to work part time for Performance Solutions by Milliken, and at the end of 2015 was asked to become full time administrator for Europe, still based at the Bury Plant.
Kath has been married to David for 33 years. She has two grown up children Emma & Chris and grandson Milo, born at the end of 2015. Kath & David have been members of Bury Parish Church Choir for 18 years and with the choir have sung at many of the countries top Cathedrals as ‘Choir in Residence’ during holidays. Kath has also taken the choir children camping during half term holidays and is extremely proud of the way they champion the Church and the Town.
Kath has lived in Bury all her life, attended Tottington Secondary School, Bury College, and gained a Theology and Sociology Degree, from Liverpool University via Holy Cross College.
Director - Horsfield & Smith
Lee Sugden started his career with Horsfield & Smith in 2001 as an Audit and Accounts Junior progressing to the role of Director in 2016.
Through his dedication and professionalism, he has become a highly respected, ambitious and dedicated member of the team.
Lee has well and truly earned his Cloud Accountancy stripes. He gained his AAT certification in 2004, his ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification in 2011 and is now a flourishing Certified Xero Consultant.
He manages a portfolio of clients, which mostly includes limited companies and charities. And his key area of expertise is preparing statutory accounts and management accounts.
When he’s not hard at work in the cloud, Lee regularly attends networking events, enjoys downtime with his family and a well-deserved round of golf.
Manage AMF Bowling Bury
Louise has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years starting out in Health clubs and recently moving over in to the world of Bowling – In her words, the best move she has ever made. Louise loves meeting people and talking to them and loves nothing more than them having had a great time at her venue…….
Louise lives in Warrington and is a mum to a 14 year old girl and an 8 year old boy, she loves music and would go to different concert every weekend if she could….. something that no one really knows about Louise is that she has all her Heavy goods vehicle licences from 5 years in the British Army.
Commerciall Director - Sambro
Grant started his career in Nottingham working in the marketing department for Nottingham Forest Football Club. He then moved to London where he broadened his experience within the advertising industry. After a year or so he joined Activision, a video games publisher as brand manager on their Marvel and Toy Hawks franchises. SEGA approved him later in his a career and he joined the Japanese firm as UK Marketing Manager.
After video games he settled within the Toy and Game industry with Hasbro where he held a number of key positions over 9 years which included a 2 year placement on the East Coast of America managing their global Disney Marvel business. In February this year Grant joined Manchester based toy company Sambro international where he currently holds the title of Commercial Director, overseeing the company’s marketing and communications strategy.
Gareth Kreike is the managing director of Longden & Cook Real Estate Limited, a firm of chartered surveyors that can trace its roots back to 1891. He qualified in 1992 and has specialised in the valuation of commercial and residential property since then. In 1998 he joined Longden & Cook as a consultant, becoming managing director in 2007.
Since then the firm has grown from four people to forty, expanding into the areas of commercial property management, block and estate management, residential sales and lettings and professional surveying including Landlord and Tenant work, housing disrepair and building surveys. The firm established a presence in Bury in 2014 on the acquisition of a local management practice.
Gareth carries out many Expert Witness valuations for family and disputes, recently being complimented by a high court judge.
Meeting & Events Sales Manager - Village Hotel
Jessica has been working with the Village Hotel group since 2015. After completing her Law degree at Huddersfield University, Jess found her passion came within the hotel industry coming from a family of hospitality management. Jess stuck with her passion and made her way from receptionist to front of house manager for Cedar Court & Q Hotels, then joined the Village Hotel group at their Leeds South hotel before transferring across to the Bury Hotel in December 2016. Since joining Village Bury Jess has come to realise very quickly that the support & togetherness for one another in businesses & local people is overwhelming and is honoured to be apart of such a great community.
Outside of the office, Jess enjoys spending time with family & friends and travelling abroad
Oliver Caunt is the Managing Director of family business, John Caunt Scientific Ltd, who specialise in nuclear instrumentation design and manufacture. Oliver relocated the business to the Bury in 2005 and has since overseen stable growth from £1m turnover to just under £2m.
With roots firmly established in the SME landscape, Oliver is a strong champion of entrepreurship and positive collaboration. He is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme; has led a successful £1m grant application in collaboration with the University of Liverpool to develop world-class nuclear reactor safeguards and operations technology; is a member of a pan-European academic/commercial collaborative project- FINCODA - setup to establish a global standard tool to define and identify innovative competencies in people for the benefit of post graduates and employers; is a participant in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's SME mentor programme; was nominated as one of the North West Insider Magazine's 42 under 42 (faces of the future) in 2012; was the best in class for Technology in the Made in Bury Business Awards 2013; a member of the IoD99 (Institute of Directors 99 select entrepreneurs) and is now a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in London.
Oliver lives in Ramsbottom with his family. He spends as much time as possible out in the countryside with the kids, the dog, running and on his mountain bike, as well as enjoying the many excellent local restaurants and pubs in the area!
Managing Director - Holchem
After studying Business and Finance, Simon held positions at Manchester United Football Club where his roles included running the Mail Order Department, setting up Manchester United Radio and the creation of Fred The Red, the clubs mascot, in partnership with Umbro and Birthdays Greeting Cards. He left Manchester United to join Gillette plc in a sales role before joining the family business, Holchem Laboratories, in 1996 as a Technical Sales Consultant. Holchem are the largest supplier of cleaning chemicals and technical support to the UK Food, Brewing, Beverage, Dairy and Hospitality industries. In 2002, Simon took over the role of Managing Director from his father before leading a management buyout from his parents in 2006. The Holchem Group, based on Pilsworth Industrial Estate, now has revenues approaching £42m and employs 225 people.
Liam Gately is CEO of Platinum Care
After completing his Quantity Surveying degree Liam took the logical step and worked in IT for Argos. After five years at Argos in 2002 Liam took the plunge and formed his own Telecoms company. It became apparent Liam caught the entrepreneurial spirit over the next few years running start ups, acquisitions and turnarounds at a number of companies before finally settling at Platinum Care in 2012.
Liam was born in Stockport but has lived in the Bury area most of his life. Obviously Liam has a love of business but has a passion for psychology.
Liam is married with three children and loves to spend time on the family hobby of Geocaching, often spending weekends knee deep in mud searching for “treasure”.
A Bury girl through and through!
Recently retired Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police, Superintendent of the communications branch for 4 and a half years, with responsibility for emergency calls and dispatch of responders, then achieving; Divisional Commander of her home town of Bury for the last 3 years of her service.
Karan has worked with charities throughout her adult life and It was no surprise that, when she retired, she took up the voluntary position of Chairing the Bury Mayors charity committee, which she is continuing to do for the 2nd year for our current Mayor.
Karan and her husband have a shared desire to see of much of the world as possible, so whenever possible they will be found jetting off to another pin on their map.
Senior Designer - Nettl
Driven by creative thinking!
With almost 10 years of experience at this creative agency, Jason can effectively design through digital and print.
Creating awesome results for your brand!