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Cllr Rishi Shori

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

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 Davenport

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”.

Greg French

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!” 

Graham Croston

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. 

Michael Shroot

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

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!

Christopher Orme

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.

Diane Whitfield

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 Pollard

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.


Oliver Caunt

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!

Simon Bell

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.

Jason groves

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!

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