Two prominent Bury businesses are set to restart “networking lunches” for the regions more influential businesspeople and professionals.

Having been temporarily halted by the pandemic, the lunches are run jointly by solicitors firm Clough & Willis with Blackburn and Bury based chartered accountancy PM+M and are aimed at decision makers at some of the most important businesses working in the area and.

 While usually invited only, the inaugural event held on June 22 at the Met on Market Street, Bury, will be open to company owners and directors from across the business community and will feature Bury Council economic developments and projects service manager Liz Gudgeon as guest speaker.

Clough & Willis business development manager Clare Trippier said: “We are delighted to be able to restart our networking lunch programme after so long.

“Liz is set to be a fantastic guest speaker and will, I’m sure, provide real insights into what the Council is doing to grow the local economy.”

The organisers say that Ms Gudgeon will provide attendees with an insight into what they can expect to see going on in Bury in the coming months and years and how businesses could benefit. 

She will also discuss the challenges and opportunities from the council’s viewpoint which businesses might be able to influence and assist with.

PM+M’s partner and Met chair Helen Clayton said: “The pandemic put a stop to these events so being able to restart them is great news as they are an opportunity for local business leaders to come together in person to share, learn and network.

“Our aim is for it to become the high-level networking event in the area, so we’d encourage anyone who is interested to come along.”

She added: “We also hope attendees will be able to experience the fantastic facilities The Met offers and why it is such an important venue for Bury and the wider region.”

The event will be held at the Met between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday June and will include a buffet lunch and drinks.

Tickets cost £20 and can be booked by emailing