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On Wednesday 5th December we announced the 31st winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw. Congratulations to this week’s lucky winner, Ron Prentice from Tubs Direct! Tubs Direct was founded 3 and a half years ago by Director Ron, and sells a range of hot tubs, swim spas and outdoor fires to enhance your outdoor spaces. Despite the miserable weather, we knew £2,000 would brighten Ron’s day! He was just about to tuck into some lunch when we arrived, but we’re sure he wasn’t too upset that we interrupted him. Ron said he first got inv...
November 28, 2018
The past couple of weeks have been a little different for the Made in Bury Business Draw, but we are pleased to announce that we are back to our normal routine! Our 30th winner is Leanne Fletcher from Bury Financial Advisers, which is situated right here at Bury BusinessLodge. We didn’t even have to go outside – which is preferable in this weather! Leanne has worked in the admin department at Bury Financial Advisers for 4 years. Bury Financial Advisers is located just below us, making this week’s surprise a very easy one. We called Leanne&rsquo...
The 29th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was a special one! The lucky number drawn on Wednesday, the day before our annual Made in Bury Business Awards, belonged to someone who was actually attending the event. Rather than go out on Wednesday as we usually would, we decided to save the surprise for the MIBBA’s the following night, where we could present the £2,000 cheque in front of over 360 people from the Bury business community. The lucky winner was Paul Corbin from Cartime! We surprised Paul by announcing his number in the middle of the ...
This week’s Made in Bury Business Draw didn’t quite go to plan! Our 28th winner, Jonathan Acton, is the first winner that we haven’t been able to surprise! This morning, after drawing his lucky number, we contacted his office at Bury Council to try and get hold of him without giving away the surprise. His colleagues didn’t seem sure of Johnathon’s whereabouts and we waited in the hope they would get back to us. A few hours passed, and no news, so we did a Made in Bury Business Draw first and contacted him ourselves! Unfortunately, t...
November 7, 2018
On Wednesday 7th November, we surprised the 27th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw. This week’s lucky winner was Hilary, a secretary at Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, where she has worked for an unbelievable 36 years! We crammed into the reception with Hilary’s team who all came down from their desks to help us surprise her. Hilary certainly realised something was happening when she saw the crowd of people waiting for her through the glass door. It wasn’t until she came into the reception that she realised she was the lucky w...
On Wednesday 31st October we announced the 26th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw. The lucky person to receive our £2000 cheque was Adam Gee, Menswear Merchandiser at JD Sports, where he has worked for two and a half years. We attracted plenty of attention as we walked through the huge JD Sports office with our cheque. Adam’s win was warmly welcomed by the rest of the staff and he received a huge round of applause. A Halloween treat indeed! Adam said his winnings would be spent on Christmas presents for his two sons; Oscar, 6 months, and Arth...
On Wednesday 24th October we drew the 25th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw! The winners this week were Andy and Julie Foy, owners of Think Carpet & Floors. They set their business up 10 years ago, and now have two showroom locations in Bury and Radcliffe. You can learn more about them on their website. We tracked Andy down to his Bury showroom. Despite being easy to find, Andy actually spotted us before we’d spotted him. We even held the door open for him as we entered Think Carpet & Floors with his cheque, assuming he might be a customer...
On Wednesday 17th October the 24th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s winner was Clark Burgan, the General Manager of UKMeds4U, an online platform for prescription medicines, which he has been looking after for 10 years. We had a bit of a challenge finding Clark this afternoon! By the time we got to his office, he was no longer there. As quite the lone wolf, we struggled to find anyone who might know his whereabouts. We were almost about to admit defeat and reveal the win to Clark over the phone, when we managed to get hold...
On Wednesday 10th October the 23rd winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! Today’s lucky winner was Leigh Garrett who is the Dual Service Manager at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre, where he’s worked for two and a half years. Leigh is in charge of security and cleaning, so in a nutshell helps keep our local shopping centre both safe and sparkling clean. Leigh suggested his winnings may go towards a new fish tank, but we think Mrs Garrett may have other ideas…. a holiday perhaps! The Mill Gate is Bury’s leading indoor shopp...
On Wednesday 3rd October the 22nd winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! We had to track down this week’s winner Craig Pinder, the station manager at GM Fire & Rescue and boy was he hard to find.... so hard that after ruling out arson (obviously) we eventually had to call upon the help of our good friend Karan Lee, retired Chief Superintendent of GM Police to help find Craig. Once a detective always a detective! Craig has been with the Fire Brigade for over 22 years, the last 9 years here in Bury. Craig said his win will go towards a b...
On Wednesday 26th September the 21st winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Paul Birchall, a Supervisor from the Street Lighting Team at the Bury Council Bradley Fold Depot. We caught up with Paul in the canteen just before he left for the day. Paul made our day with his smile, slightly shocked he admitted the most he’s ever won before was £10 on the lottery! Every week, just 2,400 tickets are available at only £2 each, with a fantastic opportunity to win £2,000. Proceeds from ticket sal...
This week’s winner is Paul Holt from Garside Garage / Bury Mini Bus Hire. Paul was busy with a phone call when we arrived with the big cheque, he certainly cut the call short with a big smile on his face to greet us. Paul, with a little help from his wife Jolene will be spending the winnings on a family holiday next year. Minibus services are available 24/7 from Bury Mini Bus Hire and Paul and his team care so much about their Minibus vehicles they are regularly serviced at Garside Garage which Paul also owns. Every week, just 2,400 tickets are...
We took a trip to the World Famous Bury Market today to deliver our £2000 cheque. This week’s winner is Michelle from Charlie & Co, a gift and wax melt stall on Georgiana Block. The stall was an Aladdin’s Cave full of hand-crafted wax melts, Himalayan salt lamps, gifts and more, the smell was divine. Charlie & Co has been on Bury Market for just over two year and is owned by Father & Daughter team, Ken and Michelle and the business is named after Michelle’s Grandson Charlie. We got chatting to two customers, who were happy t...
This week's lucky winner was totally stunned when he found out he was this week’s lucky winner. Matthew Davidson is a Financial Controller at AFG LAW. He’s been with the firm just over 2 years and is based in their Bolton office. Matthew was asked to pop over to the Bury office under false pretence, so we could surprise him, however it all became clear when Phil walked into the MD’s office with our large cheque. Matthew is off to Dubai with his Girlfriend in a few weeks, his win will be extra spending money for the holiday but not before h...
This week's lucky winner was lost for words when he found out he'd won £2,000 in The Made In Bury Business Draw.   Ian Hayes, a director at Munro Greenhalgh, insurance brokers based in Ramsbottom, was completely shocked and very quiet when we arrived to present him with the cheque; something his colleagues don't often witness.  He and the team had just been discussing a meal out so when asked what he'd spend the money on, he was quick to say that he'd take the team for lunch and he'd be footing the bill!...
This week's winner couldn't have looked happier if she'd tried!  Karen Smalley was the name on the lucky ticket that was drawn this week and she was literally jumping for joy when she heard the news that she'd won £2,000. In actual fact Karen and three of her colleagues have purchased tickets as a syndicate, so there were four, not one winner this week, each taking home £500.   Karen is a senior carer for Persona who provide a range of different support options designed to be flexible to meet the diverse needs of the co...
This week’s lucky winner is Sarah Jenkinson, CRM Team Administrator at Weaveability Ltd based at Imperial House, BusinessLodge. Sarah who has worked at Weaveability Ltd for almost 4 years is taking her children Lauren, 16 and Summer, 8 to Bulgaria and her winnings will help make this a very happy holiday. Weaveability Ltd are just one of almost 70 local businesses that support the Business Draw. Every week, just 2,400 tickets are available at only £2 each, with a fantastic opportunity to win £2,000. Proceeds from ticket sales will help new sta...
On Wednesday 8st August the 14th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Michael Crossley, Operations Assistant at BusinessLodge Bury. A very surprised Michael told us he would be treating himself to some new clothes during a shopping spree in Manchester. Perfect timing for a new wardrobe as Michael is holidaying later this month in Cornwall…. That’s’ a lot of shorts and tee shirts! Michael bought his ticket through Bury BusinessLodge, serviced offices in Bury town centre, which are secure, ai...
On Wednesday 1st August the 13th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is business owner Jason Groves from Nettl of Bury. Jason said… “I didn’t ever expect to win”, before telling us he will spend the money on a family holiday with his wife Samantha and their children. Nettl of Bury, is an award-winning graphic design and print agency with a fantastic reputation for professionalism and innovation. Whether you are looking for eye-catching graphic design, print or web design, Nettl ca...
On Wednesday 25th July, we had the pleasure of presenting the £2,000 cheque to the 12th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw. This week’s lucky winner is Erica Edmunds, a drinks waitress at Stattery Patisserie and Chocolatier. Slattery is a huge supporter of the Business Draw and we were thrilled to be able to pay them a visit to present the cheque to Erica. Slattery was founded in 1967 and is a 3rd generation, family run business based in Whitefield. Click here to view the moment Erica was presented with the cheque to a round of applause from b...
On Wednesday 18th July the 11th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Mike Beckwith, Accounts Manager at Jetchem, Bury. Mike bought his ticket through ‘Business Draw Supporters’ Red Tiger Karate Club. Red Tiger Karate Club is based in Bury and teaches non-contact karate classes which are suitable for both adults and children. They run over 60 classes, specialising in teaching Shotokan and goju karate. The club is led by Sensei Paul Wolstencroft and Sensei Mike Beckwith and between them they have ov...
On Wednesday 11th July the 10th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Gail Branch, Headteacher at All Saints Church of England Primary School in Whitefield. We surprised a delighted Mrs Branch, who took a short break from her busy schedule to tell us that she’ll be putting her winnings towards a new car. All Saints' is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School for boys and girls from three to eleven years of age. It is situated on Rufford Drive in Whitefield and is one of the Bury Family of Sch...
On Wednesday 4th July the 9th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is IT Manager Kevin Walsh from DTE IT Support based at The Exchange in Bury Town Centre Kevin, who has worked for the business for over 20 years, said he would be putting his winnings on England winning the world cup…. as much as we’d love England to win, we do hope he spends it on something else, maybe a holiday Kevin? His work mates certainly saw cake and prosecco in the not so distant future, all on Kevin of course! DTE IT Suppor...
The latest winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced on Wednesday 27th June as Complete Driveway Designs. The cheque was accepted on behalf of the directors by project manager Sophie Clayton who is hoping her bosses will spend the windfall on a team night out! Complete Driveway Designs is a specialist driveway and patio installation company based in Ramsbottom. Complete Driveway Designs is renowned for their friendly approach and high-quality finish in all projects. Complete Driveway Designs undertake projects across the North West. Every week, ju...
The latest winner of £2,000 was announced on Wednesday 20th June as Exchange Utility. Bury based Exchange Utility provide energy management solutions for thousands of UK businesses. They negotiate excellent contract prices with suppliers then pass the savings on to the businesses. Managing Director Kelly Ivison was delighted with the win and said that Exchange Utility will be keeping the winnings local by spending it on their staff with a celebratory night out in Bury. Every week, just 2,400 tickets are available at only £2 each, with a fantastic op...
The latest winner of £2,000 in The Made In Bury Business Draw was announced on Wednesday 13th June as Cheri D'iorio from Woodbank Junior Football Club; and it's not just Cheri that benefits from the windfall. Cheri has donated £500 back to the club which was met with smiles all round. Cheri said she never wins anything, so was both shocked and thrilled when she received the phone call and has decided to put the money towards a family holiday next year. Team manager Matt Jordan broke off from training for a team picture on Thursday evening, a...
On Wednesday 6th June the 5th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is company CEO Liam Gately from Platinum Care in Radcliffe. Liam said… “I didn’t go on this to win, but to support small business. As crazy as it sounds I didn’t ever actually connect in my mind that I might win something by putting my money in.” Liam also told us that he will be spending his winnings on a family holiday with wife Julie and daughters Deanna, Summer and Lydia. Since setting up Platinum Care 6 years a...
On Wednesday 30th May the 4th winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Ifda Zaman from the Bury Council Contact Centre in Whittaker Street Radcliffe. Ifda has been a Customer Service Advisor at the centre for 2 years and was overjoyed with the win! When presented with the cheque the entire room applauded. Ifda told us that she will be spoiling her son this August when she takes him to Euro Disney. You can get advice and information about Council services from the Whittaker Street office in Radcliffe. The office ...
On Wednesday 23rd May the 3rd winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is Paul Dawson from Six Town Housing. We caught up with Paul on a job in Radcliffe who happily took a short break from laying a pathway to tell us that he’ll be spending his winnings on his wedding next year in July. Paul made our day with the biggest smile ever although he did admit he didn’t actually think he’d ever win! Six Town Housing is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO), which was set up in 2005 to manage...
On Wednesday 16th May the second winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced! This week’s lucky winner is David Wiggins from Bury Council, who said he would be spending the winnings on his house, or maybe even a holiday…. this was after asking if it was really happening! Yes David, you really did win!  Every week, just 2,400 tickets are available at only £2 each, with a fantastic opportunity to win £2,000. Proceeds from ticket sales will help new start-up businesses through the Made in Bury Business Academy, and support i...
The first winner of the Made in Bury Business Draw was announced on Wednesday 9th May as HR Simple Limited. HR Simple Limited of Bury New Road, Whitefield take the stress and worry out of HR by providing simple, clear, and cost-effective solutions. They also boast a HR Simple Academy which is a support platform for SME's, an industry leading Knowledge Portal designed to meet the needs of organisations with a passion to effectively manage and develop their internal talent.  For more information visit www.hrsimpleacademy.co.uk So, wha...