This week we took the short drive to Milliken to surprise our winner Kath Pollard! We almost had the element of surprise taken away from us as Kath was about to head out of the office to move her car! Thankfully with the help of Kim Birmingham and some of their colleagues, Kath was convinced to stay put as we were seen on camera pulling into the car park at that exact moment!
We crept up the stairs and caught Kath off guard at her desk (with car keys in hand). Although cool and calm on the outside, Kath admitted that her heart was racing and why wouldn't it be with a £2000 win? . She's been with the company for 41 years in various roles and in her current position, helps customers within the manufacturing sector to build performance systems.
Click here to see the moment we surprised Kath.
This week we are excited to announce the winner of the Made in Bury Weekly Draw is Kate Holt from BusinessLodge! BusinessLodge have recently opened a 2nd Business Centre in Stoke and Kate was down there on Winning Wednesday, so unfortunately, we were unable to surprise her! What we did manage to do however was to get some of her Bury team together with the cheque and we sent her the photo…. Even Frank her gorgeous dog got in on the photo! We’d have loved to have seen her face when she opened the message!!! Her team who also have tickets for the draw were only joking with the thumbs down, they were all delighted for Kate!
We then caught up with Kate on the phone, she was over the moon to have won, and when asked what she would be spending the money on, she said she wasn’t 100% sure but some would definitely be spent on Prosecco!
This week there was no time to monkey around as we went to surprise our winner! We headed off towards Ainsworth Road to surprise one of our current Academy members, Caroline Garthwright. Since Caroline works from home, we had nobody to help us with our surprise this week so we took a chance that she would be in and set off with the big cheque!
Caroline runs The Monkey Box, a gift and accessories store for babies and children. Offering a great range of dribble bibs, teething accessories, back packs, reward jars and lots more! It's safe to say that we definitely took her by surprise as she answered the front door whilst on the phone and then hid from us as she didn't know quite what to say!
Click here to watch the moment we surprised Caroline.
This week we were at the Grundy Centre in Bury, which is where Persona Support are located. With the help of some of the staff, we surprised John O'Connor the Finance Manager with his £2000 cheque.
With his colleagues gathered in reception, Finance Director, Bernard Noblett, who was in on the surprise, brought John into the main foyer under the pretence of moving some boxes. Instead of boxes, he was presented with his cheque to a round of rapturous applause and congratulations from everyone watching.
Click here to see the moment we surprised John.
This week we had a winner from AST Hampsons Solicitors and although they have an office in Bury, our winner took us out of the borough to Rochdale to surprise Deborah Moore! With the help of Jillian Josephson, Commercial Partner, we conspired to keep Deborah from her dental appointment so that we could make her day with the big cheque!
Deborah has been a receptionist at AST Hampsons for 17 years and enjoys the front of house role even more now that it has scooped her a £2000 win!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Deborah!
The lucky winner of the Made in Bury £2000 weekly draw this week was Abbie Porter from Slattery Patissier and Chocolatiers in Whitefield.
Abbie has been working at Slattery’s for around 4 years, after completing a patisserie course at college. Her role is a decorator so she puts all the finishing touches to the cakes, biscuits and other goodies.
Slattery’s are a huge supporter of the draw and must be a very lucky place to work as Abbie is our third winner from there!
Congratulations once again to Abbie. You can watch the moment we surprised her here.
This Wednesday’s lucky winner of the Made In Bury £2000 weekly draw was Keilan Hodkinson from Six Town Housing - congratulations Keilan!
Keilan is an electrician at Six Town Housing, an Arms Length Management Organisation, which manages the housing stock owned by Bury Council.
In the words of Keilan when he received his winnings “It’s a belter”!
Watch the moment we surprised him on a job here.
The Made in Bury team paid a second visit to Exchange Utility today as the team won the weekly £2000 draw for the second time in 18 months!
Annie, who has worked at the company for 6 years, remembers the last time the company won and told us that as it did last time, the winnings will go on a team day or night for all the staff to celebrate together.
Exchange Utility help businesses to keep energy costs low by offering impartial energy comparisons from utility suppliers to save them time and money.
Click here to see us suprise Annie.
This week’s lucky winner of the Made In Bury £2000 weekly draw is Lorraine Bignell, who bought her ticket via draw supporter and local Bury business, Sambro International.
Lorraine was thrilled when she heard the news, and when asked what she will spend her winnings on, Lorraine told us that kitchen renovations are top of her list.
Debra Frost from Bury Council.
This week we were at The New Kershaw Centre, which is part of Bury Council to surprise Debra Frost.
Debra has worked for the council for 18 months in her current role as a Personal Adviser. With her children just recently heading back to university and a holiday in the planning for next year, her £2000 win will come in handy over the next few months - not to mention the cakes that she promised her colleagues!
Click here to see us suprise Debra.
This week was extra special as it was our first ever double winner!!
Warren Senior from Senior Waste Removals won the draw back in April this year and we took him by surprise back then by getting him to BusinessLodge under false pretences.
The week, knowing that we had to do something different, we enlisted the help of another local business and supporter of the draw to lure Warren to their new site to “remove some rubbish”. Luke from Stay & Play Doggy Daycare called Warren and got him to his new site in Bury which is currently being refurbished. We hid ourselves away until he arrived and clambered through a wall to surprise him! Warren was definitely shocked as we handed over £2000 for the second time in 6 months.
Click here to see us suprise Warren
Mark Gibbins works for the Highways Department at Bury Council as a roadworker. It took us a while to track him down this wet Wednesday as he's out and about on the roads laying tarmac. Mark has worked on the roads for 16 years, in all weathers, and has been part of the £2000 weekly draw since March 2018 so it was no surprise that he said "about time" when he found out he won!
Congratulations Mark and fingers crossed that your second ticket number comes up soon!
This week, we surprised Julia Page from Admin Anywhere with her £2000 win.
Julia runs a virtual PA service from her home on the Bury/Bolton border, she has been offering virtual admin and business support for over 8 years, with everything from data input and general business admin to marketing support and event administration. We took her (and the decorators) by surprise today when we popped in to deliver a large cheque! Julia is currently in the process of rennovating her home and rearranging her home office, so some of the money will go towards further home and office improvements and some will be spent on giving her business website a refresh.
Chewie will also be getting lots of doggie treats which he seemed very happy about!
We took Paul by suprise first by holding up the big cheque at his office window whilst he was on the phone! Nicola unfortunately, wasn't in so we headed off to their house to suprise her. With Paul sneaking us in, an unsuspecting Nicola came down the stairs to be presented with the big cheque.
The family have just recently returned from a cruise on board The Independence of the Seas and they all agreed that they will make a start on planning next years holiday with their winnings!
With the help of some of the co-working space users, we surprised Matthew Kendall, the Managing Director. He wasn’t expecting us at all and was busy with visitors when we arrived, so we really did take him by surprise.
Newtons is a place for businesses, start-ups, freelancers, charities and other organisations to go when they need a place to work and get things done.
We asked Matthew what he would spend the money on and in true entrepreneurial spirit, he said that he would re-invest it back into Newtons of Bury to continue to make the space a welcoming and vibrant place for people to come to co-work and enjoy.
Click here to watch the video
Brighter Blinds Ltd is a Bury-based, family owned and operated business with over 50 years' experience within the window blinds industry. The team design and manufacture many of their blinds on site and guarantee products of the highest quality as well as being made from environmentally friendly materials.
Rob, the Managing Director of Brighter Blinds was made up with his £2,000 and he said he didn't suspect a thing! When asked what he would spend his money on, he said he would spend some on his holiday to Menorca and maybe some gin! He also said he would make a donation to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity, as he is the District Mentor of the Bury district.
Click here to watch the moment we surprised Rob!
This week we surprised Richard Beard from DTE Business Advisers with the £2,000 cheque!
DTE Business Advisers are a firm of chartered accountants based right here in Bury! The team offer a range of services such as auditing, accounting and tax advice to their clients. With over 80 years' experience, DTE work with a range of different businesses and believe in helping clients realise the full potential of their businesses.
Richard is an audit manager at DTE Business Advisers, which involves preparing accounts and auditing the accounts of companies and has been in his current role for six years.
Click here to see the moment we surprised Richard!
Congratulations to Adele Schofield.
Adele bought her ticket via Draw supporters Greater Manchester Police where she has worked for the past 13 years as an intelligence officer.
When asked how she would be spending the £2,000, Adele said she would probably spend some of the winnings on her children and put some towards a holiday.
Click here to see us surprise Adele at Bury Divisional HQ.
Congratulations to Leah.
Leah is a Profit Protection Administrator at the JD Sports warehouse and has been for the past two and a half years. Her job involves import invoicing and speaking and dealing with other JD stores. No video this week as Leah was on a day off so we were not able to surprise her with the cheque.
Jacqueline is a Safeguarding Development Officer at Knowsley Place and her job involves safeguarding vulnerable adults. Jacqueline has been working at Bury Council for 8 years and in her current role for 6.
Click here to see the moment we surprised Jacqueline!
This week's £2,000 went to Phil from Belvoir Sales and Lettings Bury!
Belvoir are Residential Sales & Lettings specialists based at The Rock. They offer a wide range of services for people who are thinking of selling or buying a property, including; free, no obligation, sale or rental valuation appraisal, extensive marketing, professional photography & floorplans, accompanied viewings, 24 hour maintenance and more.
Click here to see the moment we surprised Phil!
This week's lucky winner was Elizabeth Partington from Woodhey High School!
Woodhey High School is based in Holcombe Brook, Bury and strives to help each child work hard and achieve the best they can, preparing them for their future and making them into confident, successful individuals.
Elizabeth is an english teacher at Woodhey and has been for 5 years! We did a little plotting today with the headteacher, Mr Roadnight, so we could go and surprise her.
Click here to see the moment we surprised her!
This week we were excited to announce the winner of the Made in Bury Weekly Draw was Lauren Wood from Bury Business Lodge!
Bury Business Lodge provide fully-furnished office space to lease. Located in the centre of Bury and featuring free on-site parking, a gym and a cafe, it is a perfect spot for any business - so much so that our Made in Bury office is based here!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Lauren!
Congratulations to Hilton Horton.
Hilton has worked for Milliken as a Beaming & Sizing Operator for the past 13 years.
When asked how he would be spending the £2,000, Hilton said he had a trip to London booked and might put his winnings towards a holiday.
Click here to see us surprise Hilton just before starting his night shift.
This week's lucky winner was Philip Turner from Sambro!
Established in 1996, Sambro is a global supplier of everything from toys, arts and crafts, stationery, to novelty toys and bags. Sambro now employ over 80 people, working on everything from designing packaging to manning the 300,000 sq.ft. of warehouse space.
Click here to see the moment we surprised Philip!
This weeks lucky winner was the lovely Michelle Peachey from Health and Safety Solutions North West Ltd!
Health and Safety Solutions are a Bury based business who provide health and safety training courses to businesses and individuals across the whole of the North West. The team offer a range of courses including epipen, fire marshal, children's safeguarding, first aid and even human resources and legal services training.
This week, we surprised Peter Axon from Bury Council!
Peter has worked as a Street Mason at Bury Council for just over 25 years now! His role involves kerbing, flagging, block paving, highway maintenance and more. Thanks to Peter and the rest of the team at Bury Council, the streets of Bury are always kept in good condition!
Click here to see us surprise Peter!
Congratulations to this week's winner of the draw, Gemma Worrall from Datum Group!
Datum is one of the largest structural monitoring specialists in Europe and provide services to the railway industry. Launched in 1999, Datum offer an outstanding service to all of their clients and every system they produce is bespoke from the concept through to the delivery.
This week, we went over to the office at Heap Bridge in Bury and surprised Gemma, only to find out that the ticket was a syndicate, meaning there were actually 16 winners! Thanks to Claire who helped us plan the surprise, Gemma and the other winners had no idea we were coming!
With so many winners, it made our 1 year anniversary extra special knowing we'd made not one - but 16 people's days!
The team are currently deciding what they should spend their winnings on and are thinking of perhaps a work night out!
Click here to see the moment we surprised them!
Congratulations to the winner of this week’s Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw… Warren Senior from Senior Waste Removals!
Senior Waste Removals is a waste collection company that was set up in 2015 by owner Warren Senior. In 2017 the company joined the Made in Bury Business Academy which is funded by the Weekly £2,000 Draw. Since then, Senior Waste Removals has become an award-winning business and has been recognised for their environmentally friendly practices.
This week the cheque was presented at BusinessLodge Bury, where the Made in Bury office is located. We enlisted the help of Emma, Operations Assistant at BusinessLodge, to get Warren here under the false pretence that they had a removal job for him. We sneakily hid in the reception and surprised Warren when he came to the welcome desk.
Warren had no idea about our surprise and was completely shocked to find out that he was this week’s winner. Thanks to the Bank Holiday weekend, Warren hadn’t even realised that today was Winning Wednesday, so it was even more of a surprise! Warren said he would put his winnings towards either moving house or a holiday. Whatever he decides, we’re sure his family will be extremely pleased!
Congratulations again to Warren. Click here to see the moment we surprised him.
The winner of this week’s Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw is Diane Whitfield from H.H. Smith & Sons! Congratulations Diane!
H.H. Smith & Sons are a construction company based in Whitefield. Diane has been the Bid and Commissions Coordinator at H.H. Smith & Sons for 6 years and oversees the sourcing of contracts and tender submissions.
This week we decided to hide the cheque from our winner to see if she could figure out why we might be visiting her on a Wednesday…! Diane never expected to become one of our winners and was over the moon to find out she had won £2,000.
Diane already knew what she would be spending her winnings on. She had always said if she ever won that she would treat her team to a lovely meal. Diane also wanted to put some of the money towards her son’s wedding in November. Hopefully Diane will have some left over so that she can treat herself!
Congratulations again to Diane! Click here to see the moment we surprised her.
This week, the winner of the Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw is Louise Thornsby, a Trainee Solicitor at Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors.
The law firm was first established over 200 years ago and now have seven offices across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. They offer a comprehensive range of legal services for businesses, families and individuals.
The Made in Bury team headed to the Woodcocks Bury office where plenty of staff were waiting in the reception to help surprise Louise. She was called down by one of the receptionists and was shocked to be greeted with a huge cheque for £2,000!
Louise later revealed that she had just been talking about how terrible her luck was after not winning anything on the Grand National. Her luck soon changed thanks to the Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw!
Louise is getting married next June and said the money would be going towards her wedding. Congratulations Louise!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Louise.
The winner of this week’s Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw is Simon Timperley from Chadwicks of Bury!
Chadwicks of Bury is a leading packaging supplier specialising in heat seal lids and shrink sleeves. They provide the latest packaging solutions to huge companies across the food and drink industry. This week’s winner, Simon, is the Manufacturing Manager at Chadwicks where he has worked for 21 years!
Simon was asked to come to the reception where the Made in Bury team were waiting to greet him. He had no idea what was going on and was thrilled to find out he was this week’s winner. Simon purchased multiple tickets to the Weekly £2,000 Draw to increase his chances of winning and it certainly paid off for him this week!
When asked what he would be spending his winnings on, Simon said he would be splitting it between his three sons – how kind! He also wanted to save some of the money to spend on his upcoming holiday to Spain.
Congratulations Simon! Click here to see the moment we surprised him.
The winner of this week’s Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw is Tina Clapperton from Bury Council!
Tina is a HR Assistant and has been with Bury Council for 10 years. Bury Council was founded in 1974 and looks after the 6 towns within the Bury borough; Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich.
Tina had a feeling that today would be her lucky day! She revealed that she has a lucky elephant that she keeps on her desk and was wishing for extra luck today – and it worked! Tina was thrilled to be this week’s winner and is planning on putting the money towards an upcoming holiday. She is also hoping to surprise her daughter with an amazing birthday present!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Tina.
The winner of this week’s Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw is Glen Duckett, owner of the Eagle & Child!
The Eagle & Child are an award-winning pub and hotel in Ramsbottom offering locally sourced food and 5 stunning en-suite rooms. As a social enterprise, they employ and train young people from marginalised groups such as young offenders or those with disabilities and help them progress into careers within the hospitality industry.
Glen was thrilled to find out he had won £2,000! He is extremely passionate about supporting the local community, both through his work at the Eagle & Child and through his participation in the Weekly £2,000 Draw. When asked what he would be spending his winnings on, he said that it would most likely go towards his upcoming trip to New York. Congratulations Glen have an amazing time!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Glen!
Well done to Gary Reynolds from Six Town Housing!
Six Town Housing was set up in 2005 and manages over 8000 homes on behalf of Bury Council. Their services include rent collection, caretaking and repairs.
Gary has been a Flagger for Six Town Housing for 15 years. He was out on a job when his lucky number was drawn but was tracked down to a location on Chesham Fold Road!
Gary was over the moon to find out he had won £2,000. Unbelievably, he was working alongside the third ever Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw winner, Paul Dawson, when the Made in Bury team delivered his cheque. Gary wasn’t sure just yet what he would be spending his money on but expected it would probably go towards some home improvements or spending money on his upcoming holiday.
Watch us brighten his day here.
Congratulations to the team at The Stables Country Club!
The Stables Country Club in Bury is part of the Lavender Hotels group. The leisure club is nestled in 50 acres of lakes and parkland and can be hired out for a range of functions. They offer 10 purpose built conference rooms, amazing wedding packages and a range of party nights.
It was pouring it down when we went to visit the team with the £2,000 cheque, but we were sure the news would brighten their day! We hadn’t warned anyone that we were coming as we wanted to keep it a surprise for the whole team. Thankfully Katie was there to greet us. She kindly let us interrupt her lunch break to accept the cheque on behalf of The Stables team. We’re just as excited as she is to find out what the money will be spent on!
Click here to see the moment we surprised Katie from The Stables Country Club!
This week’s £2,000 Draw winner is Adam Clayton from NatWest!
Adam has been with NatWest for over 12 years! His current role as Business Growth Enabler, which he has held for 3 years, involves assisting customers and helping them grow and develop their businesses.
Adam’s job means he is away from the office a lot, which made him very hard to track down. We tried to locate Adam by phoning him under the false pretence that we wanted to invite him out for lunch. Unfortunately, Adam had already eaten, so the surprise had to be ruined!
He later came down to the Made in Bury office to be presented with the £2,000 cheque and have his photo taken. Adam wants to put his winnings towards a holiday – a firm favourite amongst our previous winners!
Congratulations to Beverley Fulcher from Jetchem, who celebrated a special birthday on Monday which made this win all the more special.
Could this be one of Bury’s luckiest companies? Mike Beckwith who bought a ticket through Red Tiger Karate back in July 2018 also works for Jetchem.
Jetchem Systems Limited and Superjet are market leaders in the High-Pressure Water Jetting Industry. They cover everything from administration, engineering, parts, training, hire, service and sales and are dedicated in providing an impressive range of quality products, within the drainage industry.
When asked how she would be spending the £2,000, Beverley said she might save it for a rainy day, we certainly have plenty of those here in Bury!
Beverley is a credit control supervisor and has worked for Jetchem for 22 years.
Click here to see the moment we suprised Beverley.
This week’s winner is Davenports Business Support Centre! Davenports, who recently opened their new office doors in Bury, offer a wide range of services including accounting, graphic design, printing and web design. Owner, Jason Davenport, also set up Davenports Food Bank to support those in the local area who are really in need of a helping hand.
Charity is extremely important to Jason and he truly cares about the cause of the Made in Bury Weekly £2,000 Draw. He entered on behalf of his business as he was passionate about helping to fund the mentoring of new businesses in Bury. If that wasn’t enough, Jason also has extremely generous plans for the £2,000 winnings! He will be donating £500 to Bury Hospice, £500 to Bury Homeless Project and the remaining £1000 is going to be spent on his staff.
Congratulations to both Louise Carroll and Jacqueline Summerscales from Bury Council!
Louise is the Customer Complaints Coordinator and Jacqueline is the Principal Strategy Officer at Bury Council, where they have worked for a combined 29 years! They entered the Draw as a pair to double their chances of winning, agreeing that if they won, they would split the £2,000 down the middle.
The duo said they wanted to spend their £2,000 with local businesses - particularly at the many bars, restaurants and spas in Bury! Louise also has a trip to New York coming up which she expects will be a great opportunity to do some spending!
Watch Phil suprise Louise and Jacquline at work here.
Congratulations to Olivia Nance from Slattery!
When asked how she would be spending the £2,000, Olivia said she might put her winnings towards a holiday. She is currently saving to buy a house, so wasn’t expecting to go away this year. Hopefully with an extra £2,000 in her bank account she can treat herself to a lovely trip somewhere slightly warmer than it currently is here!
Olivia has been a Shop Assistant at Slattery for just over a year and is not the first Business Draw winner from the patissiers. Last July, another member of staff was surprised with the £2,000 cheque. Slattery are a huge supporter of the Business Draw and have over 40 tickets between them!
Congratulations once again to Olivia. You can watch the moment we surprised her here.
Congratulations to Rosie Cooper from PM+M Solutions for Business LLP!
Rosie is the Assistant Manager at Run My Business, powered by PM+M, which handles bookkeeping, accounts, payroll, VAT and tax returns for businesses.Rosie is based in the Blackburn office, but was brought down to the Bury office under the false pretence that she was required for an urgent meeting. Thankfully, everyone in the office manag ed to keep it a secret and ensured that Rosie had no idea she was about to be surprised with a £2,000 cheque!
When Rosie was presented with the cheque, she knew immediately that she would be putting it towards her new driveway. We’ll be sure to pay Rosie a visit once the driveway is complete!
Watch Rosie's reaction here!
Congratulations to Ryan Sealby from Chadwicks of Bury!
Chadwicks of Bury is a world leading packaging company specialising in heat seal lids and shrink sleeves. They provide packaging solutions to huge brands across the dairy, food and drink industries. Ryan is a Plate Mounter at Chadwicks where he prepares all the packaging for mounting and has been there for just 9 months.
Unfortunately, Ryan wasn’t in work when we drew his number and we couldn’t reach him over the phone either. The best we could do was leave him a voicemail and wait for him to call us back. A few hours later we got a call from Ryan who had just been told the news by his dad who saw the announcement on Facebook!
The next day we headed to Chadwicks to catch Ryan and present him with the cheque. Ryan said he would like to spend his £2,000 on holiday - he wasn’t fussed where, as long as it is warm!
Congratulations to Magdalena Stefaniuk from Sambro!
Magdalena, Customer Operations Executive at Sambro, has been with the company for 13 years! She had a sneaking suspicion that she might be this week’s winner as her colleagues were checking up on her throughout the afternoon to make sure she was free for our surprise visit. The whole office seemed clued up on our secret as there were quite a few phones out in the office ready to capture her reaction when we arrived.
Magdalena was one of our most excited winners, and we can see why! She is hoping to spend the £2,000 on an amazing trip to one of the islands in French Polynesia, most likely Bora Bora.
Click here to see us suprise her.
Congratulations to the 35th winner of the Business Draw, Connect Comms, a family-run business based in Bury providing innovative telecommunication systems to businesses of all sizes, including mobile phone packages, competitive tariffs and device repairs.
We rang Brenda, Director of Finance, to reveal the good news and arrange our visit for the weekly surprise video, but it was just our luck that most of the team, including the directors, were not back in the office following the Christmas break. With hardly anyone to surprise, we decided to pop round with the cheque to get a photo of our winners, but unfortunately no video!
The team were delighted with the news that they had won £2,000 on their first day back after Christmas and were eager for the directors to return to find out how they would be spending it.
Hadyn, Superintendent Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (what a mouthful!), is planning on spending his winnings on a spa break and holiday with his wife! Congratulations!
Our winner was Horsfield & Smith Chartered Accountants who entered as a team.
Jonathan Staples, Director at Horsfield & Smith, was the person we surprised with the £2,000 cheque. Jonathan has been part of the Made in Bury Business Draw since the very beginning because he really believes in supporting businesses here in Bury!
As their win was a team effort, Jonathan said the money would go towards a social for the office, something which the receptionist who overheard will definitely be holding him to!
Congratulations to this week’s winner Julie Moran from ISM Waste & Recycling.
ISM Waste & Recycling is a waste management company that specialises in waste collection, disposal and recycling. The family run business was established in 1965 and now provides waste management services to over 300 customers including local authorities and large industrial companies.
We loved Julie’s reaction to our surprise visit! She didn’t acknowledge us immediately, despite carrying a huge cheque, and had to do a double take before realising she was this week’s £2,000 winner. Julie said she would spend her winnings on next year’s holiday - certainly something to look forward to in this cold weather!
We can’t wait to find out what destination she chooses!
Click here to see us suprise her at work.
Congratulations to 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 got involved in the draw because he wanted to support the local business community. As a business owner himself, he understands the value of initiatives like the Made in Bury Business Draw and Business Academy and wanted to give back.
Ron’s wife will certainly be impressed with his win as he said he would be spending the £2,000 on Christmas presents for her! Or maybe that was just for the camera...!
Click here to see us suprise Ron at work.
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’s boss to make sure she was in the office, then shortly after headed down to present her with the £2,000 cheque.
Leanne wasn’t expecting to be announced as this week’s winner but was delighted with the timing as she is getting married to her fiancé Matty in 2020! As well as putting the money towards her wedding, Leanne, like many of our winners at the moment, is also planning on setting some aside to spend on Christmas presents for her two children, Lilly Rose and Henry. Her boss, Paul, suggested she should invest her winnings in an ISA – he is a financial adviser after all!
Click here to see us present Leanne with her cheque.
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 opening speech at the MIBBA’s. He’ll certainly be the smartest dressed winner to feature on our blog!
Paul, the Sales Manager at Cartime, was delighted to win this week’s £2,000 prize and it was great to see so many of his colleagues cheering him on as we announced his name.
Congratulations Paul! Click here to view the video
Our 28th winner, Johnathon 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, this meant we had to give away the surprise.
Johnathon has been working at Bury Council as a Service Desk Technician for over 4 years. He was ecstatic to hear the news that he had won this week’s £2,000 prize, especially considering he has 4 tickets for the draw! Johnathon was very adamant that his money would be spent on treating his dad rather than anything for himself which we thought was lovely!
Congratulations to Johnathon! We hope you save enough to treat yourself! Watch the moment we surprised him here.
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 winner of £2,000!
Hilary’s partner had been told by the lovely reception staff at Woodcock’s to get down to the office, so he could see the moment we surprised his wife with the cheque. We’re sure he was just as thrilled as she was!
Speaking to Hilary about what she would spend the money on, she revealed that it would probably go towards Christmas presents… for herself! That, or possibly a holiday next year, which we think her family might be happier about.
Congratulations to Hilary on your win! You can watch the moment we surprised her here.
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 Arthur, 2. We’re glad to have helped make their Christmas’s extra special!
Click here to see us suprise Adam at his desk.
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! We bet he wasn’t expecting to come back from a coffee run to find a giant cheque for £2000 in his showroom!
Apparently, our timing was perfect. Andy and Julie said they have just bought themselves a new bathroom, so this money would certainly help! Being business owners themselves, Andy and Julie know how tough it can be when you’re just starting out, so they were eager to get involved in the Business Draw. The money raised by the Made in Bury Business Draw helps fund our Business Academy and will eventually enable us to create interest free loans to support start-up businesses.
Click here to see us suprise Andy.
Bury Business Draw – Just what the Doctor ordered! 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. We were almost about to admit defeat and reveal the win to Clark over the phone, when we managed to get hold of a colleague who told us he would be returning to his office later in the day. We went back, posing as deliverymen, and finally got to surprise him with his cheque!
Clark started participating in the Made in Bury Business Draw because he was passionate about helping businesses in the local area, so of course he wanted to invest his winnings back into his own business. We did suggest, however, that he bought himself a small treat first!
Congratulations once again to Clark! Watch the moment we surprised him here.
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!
Click here to see us suprise Leigh at work
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 big treat for wife Paula, and their two teenage boys.
Congratulations once again to Craig.
Click here to watch how we eventually suprised Craig.
Made in Bury brighten Paul’s day with £2000 win
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!
Click here to see us suprise Paul with the cheque.
This week’s winner is Paul Holt from Garside Garage and 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.
Click here to see us suprise Paul
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 to wait to be served while we presented Michelle with her cheque. Dennis and Alison Davies come from Warrington to Bury Market at least twice a month and never fail to visit the stall, for in their words “The Best Wax Melts around”.
Click here to see us suprise Michelle
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 he treats all the AFG LAW team to breakfast at the Coffee Club on Friday.
Click here to view the moment we suprised Matthew
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! Ian is also travelling to Portugal to play cricket with Rammy Traders at the weekend, so it'll also go nicely towards the trip he said.
Click here to see Ian being presented with the cheque.
This week's winner couldn't have looked happier if she'd tried! Karen Smalley, senior carer at Persona 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.
You can see Karens response to the win here
This week’s lucky winner is Sarah Jenkinson, CRM Team Administrator at Weavability 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. Weaveability deliver award winning omni-channel B2C SAP eCommerce and solutions for SAP B2B Portals to ensure your customers and suppliers get a consistent real-time experience across all of your touchpoints.
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, air-conditioned throughout and feature free on-site parking.
For more information about BusinessLodge please click here.
Click here to see how we suprised Michael at Imperial House, BusinessLodge
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 can help!
Jason and his team create products that put your business in the spotlight, their experienced and highly skilled team can ensure that every project is delivered on time and on budget.
Nettl are based at Newtons Of Bury Coworking And Office Space’ on The Rock and are a one stop shop design agency also offering unique, eye-catching and fully integrated website.
Click here to see how we surprised Jason with his win!
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 Slattery Patisserie and Chocolatier. Erica was presented with the cheque to a round of applause from both her colleagues and happy diners during a busy lunchtime at the popular eatery.
We asked Erica what she would spend her winnings on and were delighted to hear that she has a fledgling business that she will invest the money in. Her business ‘Glamorous Roses’ creates beautiful, bespoke artificial glitter roses made to your personal specification, all available in different colours to add that extra sparkle to your home or business premises.
Why not visit https://www.facebook.com/GlamRosebox/ to find out more?
Click here to see how we suprised Erica.
Today's Business Draw winner is Mike Beckwith, Accounts Manager at Bury's Jetchem Systems.
Mike bought his lucky number via Red Tiget Karate Club where both he and his wife Leesa teach Karate. Being very careful how we suprised Black Belt Mike, with the help of his colleagues we managed to catch him at his desk to deliver our hige cheque, click here to see the moment we did this!
Mike told us a family holiday would be his perfect way to spend his winnings, enjoy Mike!
Click here to see Mike being presented with his cheque.
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 Schools.
Click here to see us suprise Mrs Branch with our large cheque.
This week’s lucky winner is IT Manager Kevin Walsh from DTE IT Support.
Kevin, who has worked for DTE 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?
Click here to see the moment we suprised Kevin with our large cheque.
Project Manager Sophie Clayton from complete driveway designs accepted the cheque for £2,000 and is hoping her bosses spend the prize money on a staff night out!
Complete Driveway Designs is a specialist driveway and patio installation company based in Bury. The company is renowned for their friendly approach and high quality finish in all projects. Complete Driveway Designs undertake projects across the North West.
Click here to see how we suprised Sophie with our large cheque.
Bury business exchanges £2 for £2,000 in Bury Business Draw!
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.
Today's winner is Cheri D'iorio who bought her ticket via 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, and when asked how the team would spend the £500, said it would be put to good use purchasing new kit and equipment for the club.
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 ago Liam hasn’t taken more that 1 week off each year, we think he truly deserves a break!
Platinum Care is a Bury-based domiciliary care agency providing homecare services and respite care to individuals across the area. The friendly and experienced team at Platinum Care offer a professional, practical and completely personal home care service, tailored to meet the users’ needs, whether it be home care due to illness, disability or frailty of age.
Click here to see the moment we suprised Liam with the news of his win!
Today was so lovely, bringing happiness into someone’s life.
This week’s £2000 prize goes to Ifta, who works at Bury Council, Whittaker St Contact Centre.
Ifta was delighted and told us that she will be spoiling her son this August when she takes him to Euro Disney.
Click here to see how we suprised Ifta at her office in Radcliffe.
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!
Congratulations once again to Paul, we hope you and your fiancé Sandra enjoy spending your winnings and have a fabulous wedding.
Click here to see what happened when we suprised Paul with our large cheque.
Bury Council’s David Wiggins scoops £2,000 in The Made in Bury Business Draw.
This week’s lucky winner is David Wiggins from Bury Council who said he will 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!
Click here to see us suprising David with our big cheque
Congratulations to our very first winners - 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.
For more information visit www.hrsimpleacademy.co.uk
So, what will they spend the £2000 on? Simple – A fabulous night out with all the team to celebrate their success and reward their hard work.
David Cohen, Managing Director said, “We are delighted to support the Made in Bury Business Draw, helping new start-up businesses here in Bury with training and loans! We are especially delighted with winning the very first draw.”
Click here for the moment we presented David with the cheque.