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.
Juliette Davenport joined BusinessLodge in 2009 as the Business Centre Manager and became a Director in 2014.
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 former Regus UK CEO, John Spencer.
During the past 18 years BusinessLodge Bury has been pivotal in providing the local SME enterprise sector with flexible and affordable office space, creating a platform for all types of 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”.
Emma Cordock joined AFG LAW in November 2007 and became a Director at AFG LAW in January 2017.
This was in no small part due to Emma’s key role in opening and launching the Bury office of AFG LAW in March 2013, where much of her time has been spent networking and building relationships within the vibrant Bury business community.
A family solicitor, she now specialises in representing children in both public and private law proceedings, and adults in complex public law proceedings.
Emma also sits on the National Committee for Resolution whose members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems and is co-chair of the Legal Aid Committee.
Many of you will know Emma and her commitment to raising money for local charities through numerous sporting events and corporate events like AFG LAW’s annual Charity Night which takes place in Bury each year.
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.
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.
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 34 years. She has two grown up children Emma & Chris and grandson Milo who is 2½ years old and Henry who is 9 months old. Kath & David have been members of Bury Parish Church Choir for 19 years and with the choir have sung at many of the country’s top Cathedrals as ‘Choir in Residence’ and in August 2018 are to sing at Gloucester Cathedral. 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 at 50 years old gained a Theology and Sociology Degree, from Liverpool University via Holy Cross College.
Sara Beaumont is a Partner at Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, specialising in Commercial Dispute Resolution. Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall employs over 100 specialists across seven locations in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. We have teams of specialist, friendly lawyers committed to delivering outstanding results and service to businesses, individuals and families.
Sara joined the firm in 2006 as a trainee, qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner of the firm on 2015.
She has significant expertise in defending commercial interests, and has acted for a range of clients from sole traders to national PLCs. She provides legal advice on a variety of contractual disputes including those relating to insolvency and intellectual property and also leads the firm’s debt recovery team.
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!
Oscar Majid is the managing director of the family run business ‘Connect Comms’. He started up the telecommunications company in 2013, in a small office at Bury Business Lodge. Oscar has since gone on to open a Head Office in the centre of Bury, plus a second office in Northern Ireland.
Oscar has a wealth of experience in the telecommunications business sector, spanning over 30 years. He has a focused drive for success and a determined approach to readily surpass set goals. Along with his business mentality he’s also very much a family man who is happily married with three children, two of which now currently work alongside him at Connect Comms.
Accolades so far for Connect Comms have been winning Vodafone partner of the year, and partnering with the leading networks in the UK.
Supporting the community of Bury, is something that is close to Oscar’s heart. He has supported many charitable events and sponsored various local youth teams. Oscar and his team have successfully endeavoured to channel company fundraising to directly support local cancer charities.
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!
Horsfield & Smith Chartered Accountants
Maxine is an experienced mixed Tax Team Manager with over 25 years of practical knowledge in tax, accounts and business matters.
Having a natural calm and warm personality, Maxine enjoys assisting people on an individual level whilst being able to understand and interpret business issues from a broad perspective.
Optimising the tax position from either a business or personal viewpoint is included in Maxine's specialisms, as she regularly works with a range of entrepreneurs. She and the team at Horsfield & Smith enjoy assisting start up businesses to help them through every step to achieve their personal targets.
Maxine's involvement in efficient remuneration planning following reorganisations of groups of companies, plus experience with business acquisitions and disposals, allows Maxine to make use of her up-to-date knowledge by assisting to provide relevant commercial and tax solutions.
As some of her other skills include Research and Development claims, assisting with the tax aspects of buying and selling property, including capital allowances claims, as well as exit planning with family businesses and minimising inheritance tax exposure, Maxine is more than happy to deal with ad hoc assignments or unexpected challenges and help clients to understand how taking a particular course of action may affect them and their business.
In her spare time, Maxine enjoys the outdoors with her young son and family, time with friends and writing stories and poetry.
Matt Kay began running his own business from the age of 21 after completing his Business Management degree and he has successfully established cartime as one of the biggest independent used car dealerships in the North West.
As cartime celebrates its sixth year in Bury (situated on Bell Lane), Matt is this year planning to open a second dealership in nearby Rochadale later this year.
Matt continues to drive cartime’s fast-paced success introducing new cutting edge technologies, customer-centric services and building the cartime brand. The business now boasts a 60-strong team spanning sales, operations and technicians, with an annual turnover of £34m.
Supporting the local community is something Matt is passionate about, and along with other members of the cartime team, he takes part in a number of local charity events, supports initiatives such as the Make A Wish Foundation and sponsors a number of local sports teams.
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”.
Owner - Nettl of Bury
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!
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.
Owner - Carriages Hair & Beauty
Cath Harrop is the owner of the multi award winning Carriages Hair and Beauty and most recently winner of ‘Team of the Year’ in The English Hair and Beauty Awards.
She has the ability to bring a business back to life and is passionate about small businesses and building strong local relationships with them.
Cath has an HNC in business and a love for marketing, understanding the smallest of budget to get the best returns, developing the business and putting strategies in place. She enjoys using her creativity and budget to ‘think beyond’ and uses her moto ‘be different’ in the field.
Cath also specialises in sports massage, weddings and spa days. Her care and compassion towards clients has resulted in growing her business. With customer service at the top of her list, delivering excellent treatments and service are her key focus.
Cath is a mum of two young girls with a passion for life and a positive outlook. She can often be seen dancing with them together in their kitchen!
General Manager - AMF Bowling Bury.
A manager in the corporate entertainment/leisure industry with over 11 years of experience, I have learnt and developed many skills that are transferable to other industry sectors. I have had to build, train & manage my own team, which has helped me tailor training and management techniques to individual needs to get the best from people.
I have made the business more profitable by controlling costs and developing new sales initiatives. Being in a forward facing customer environment I have a very high level of customer service, I have had to be the driving force behind customer retention through implementing and continually reviewing customer service standards, and can adapt to individual’s needs. Demonstrated excellent people influence skills to ensure satisfactory outcome for both business and customer.
I have a very high level of organisation skills having planed and executed large events both on and off site for large companies such as Vauxhall, Reebok and Vodafone Mclaren F1 team. My mechanical engineering background allows me to approach and apply a methodical process to ensure a solution is found that delivers customer expectations and meets business needs. I think outside the box to give the business options to make informed decisions.
Head of HR - Sambro
Kelly Bushell joined Sambro International in 2016 as Head of HR following a long career in the hospitality and leisure sector working for Intercontinental Hotels and Hertz Rent A Car
Kelly is responsible for global HR operations looking after 170+ employees across 6 countries including Holland, Hong Kong, Germany and more recently China. Kelly is focussed on people engagement and development and has increased the workforce by almost 30% over the last two years to bring the biggest and best talent to work at Sambro.
A keen supporter of charity, Sambro are proud to partner with the Seashell Trust to provide work experience placements to the students at the School and are also delighted to be supporting Bury Hospice as its chosen charity this year
Working at Sambro and making toys makes her very popular with her son and all his school mates who think she is the Willy Wonker of the Toy World and let’s face it what’s not to like about being surrounded by toys all day?
A local to the area, living in Ramsbottom, Kelly is keen to support up and coming local businesses and being a foodie, the multitude of restaurants in Rammy is absolute dream!!
David Fowler is Bury Council’s Assistant Director of Localities. David has a planning background and has worked within regeneration, economic development and planning and infrastructure for over 30 years.
David has led numerous regeneration projects helping to strengthen Bury’s communities and attract inward investment.
Although David hails from Rochdale, he is a passionate Bury FC supporter attending most home games.
Tracey is the Council’s lead for Economic Development and Business Engagement. Tracey has worked in local government for 18 years working in Housing, Human Resources and more recently in Economic Development.
Tracey has managed a number of successful projects and campaigns and has a particular interest in supporting young people into employment.