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Mayor Andy Burnham key speaker at Bury business event

Press Release   •   Aug 29, 2017 12:13 BST

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, will be the key speaker at the latest Bury Means Business event.

Local companies are invited to attend this seminar, the theme of which is “Putting employers at the heart of the GM skills and education system”.

The event takes place on Thursday 14 September starting at 6pm in the Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall. It has been organised by Bury Business Leadership Group and Bury Council, supported by CLES and the GMCA.

Also speaking will be Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, who set up the Bury Life Chances Commission to better align the needs of education, skills and employers.

He said: “I’m delighted that Andy has agreed to be our keynote speaker at this important event. Under devolution, Greater Manchester is poised to become one of the world’s leading regions, driving sustainable growth across a thriving North of England.

“We need the input of local employers and stakeholders to ensure that we create a system that delivers the skills needed in the local economy.

“Bury means business, and this event will look at the challenges facing all of us in today’s changing world around matching improved skills to thriving businesses. It will also give Bury businesses the opportunity to have their say at a ‘round table’ discussion and to network.”

To book a place, and for more details, go to


Press release issued: 29 August 2017.

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Bury Business Leadership Group

The BBLG launched in April 2016. This is a diverse group of Bury business leaders who want to support a strong local economy for Bury. Membership includes large family businesses including Tetrosyl and Thumbs up to smaller businesses including Dream Agility and MSL. The BBLG support Bury Council to ensure business friendly policies are embedded in Bury Council’s strategic ambitions for the borough. Andrew Roberts from Pennine and Chair of the group said: “Collectively as a group we absolutely understand how important the Greater Manchester education and skills agenda is to future prosperity and growth. We strongly urge business leaders across the borough to attend this event.”


CLES is the UK’s leading, independent think and ‘do’ tank realising progressive economics for people and place. Our aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Greater Manchester (GM) is one of the country's most successful city-regions. The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region. The ten councils work together on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.