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BID News Bulletin October 2018
Mike Lamont, Chair of Stockport Town Centre Business Improvement District Limited -Totally Stockport

     Mike Lamont, Chair of Stockport Town Centre Business Improvement District Limited – Totally Stockport 

Mike Lamont is the Chair of the Board of Directors having been appointed during the first term by the Vision Stockport Board. He is currently the Director for RBS Business and Commercial Banking covering Greater Manchester and operates from the NatWest on Underbank. Mike started his career with NatWest and he has 32 years of experience within the RBS Group and has been a Director of Commercial banking for the past 15 years. He has spent the majority of his time dealing with SME’s with a specific remit to assist their growth plans and supporting their efficiency and Risk profiles. He is ACIB qualified since 1990 and holds internally a Diploma in Credit, International Trade Finance qualifications. Additionally he has Asset Finance, Invoice Finance, Fraud and Health and Safety commercial knowledge. He is a strong advocate of delivering quality customer service and has a passion for developing NPS within businesses. 

Mike has extensive skills in Change Management and in particular has strong Leadership skills developed over the past 15 years in senior management roles across the North of England. He sits on the Regional Board and is also chair of the Greater Manchester Commercial Team that has a Balance Sheet in excess of £150m. Working within a large organisation he has strong collaboration and communication competencies and is decisive in his decision making. 

Mike is also a Trustee of NK Theatre Arts and sits on their Board of Trustees under Business Development. This is a £300k pa turnover charitable trust with a complicated lease structure with SMBC collaborations. He is also a member of the Stockport Economic Alliance Board that is an Alliance established to develop an effective and productive partnership with Stockport’s economic growth at the heart of its ambitions. I was appointed as an inaugural Stockport Town Centre Ambassador by SMBC with a remit to improve across the 5 strands of delivery – Transformation / Live / Work / Play / Connect.

“I have an absolute passion for ensuring that the BID delivers legacy projects for the Town Centre over my tenure as Chair and the next generation of Stopfordians see the Town Centre as a destination for Living, Working and for recreation and leisure. Stockport has started to see a transformation and long term plans are starting to come to fruition and I want the BID to collaborate with all partners in making this happen for the benefit of all.”

Contact Mike by email at Totally Stockport mike.lamont@totallystockport.co.uk

Stuart Broadbent 

Stuart Broadbelt
BID Director and McDonald’s Franchisee 

Stuart is a McDonald’s Franchisee who owns stores in Merseyway, Reddish and Bredbury in Stockport. Whilst Stuart has the backing of a successful global brand, he is an individual business owner, directly employing 300 local residents and importantly he is a BID Levy Payer.

Stuart has three twenty year Franchisee Agreements so he is fully committed to the success of Stockport. Stuart’s ambition is to continue to help create a vibrant, accessible and safe town so that Stockport is the first destination to shop, relax and work. 

Prior to becoming a McDonald’s Franchisee, Stuart worked for a number of large corporate organisations. His career began as a Buyer for a Multi-National Utility Company. He progressed to lead their IT Procurement teams across Europe. Stuart’s last role before becoming self-employed was Operations Director for a Global IT Services Company. Stuart has a wealth of procurement, operations and general management experience and is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.


Group CEO of musicMagpie urges local leaders to join Stockport’s Sustainability In Action SummitSteve Oliver 
BID Director & CEO & Co-Founder musicMagpie

Steve (pictured left) is the co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of musicMagpie, the world’s largest re-commerce business, achieving a group turnover of c£140m in just its 12th year of trading.

Starting life as a start up in Steve’s converted garage in Stockport in 2007 as a service that enabled users to trade-in their old CDs, DVDs and Games, the company has re-invented itself in the last three years to become the UK’s biggest and best mobile phone recycler, with well over half the company’s turnover now coming from the consumer technology.

The business also now has a fast-growing US brand operating the same model, called Decluttr, based out of Atlanta, Georgia that is now run rating at c$50m per annum. 

The business is the world’s largest seller in the history of both Amazon and eBay globally, recently surpassing 10m positive feedback scores on its eBay selling account, but its biggest single sales channel is now from the musicMagpie online store which was launched four years ago to complete the model of being the ‘lazy man’s eBay’ where both buying and selling used product is fast, free and easy. The business has a simple mission statement and that is to be the service to use that is “Smart for You, Smart for the Planet” whether buying or selling, with sustainability absolutely at the heart of its consumer and now corporate recycling model.

Steve Pilling

Steve Pilling
BID Director & 
Operator of the The Produce Hall 

Since working as part of the original team at Michelin starred Midland French, Steve has been involved in retail, hospitality and sport.

A graduate of Manchester Business School P.A.C.E., Steve established a successful chain of grocers, assisted his sister to become world#1 Squash Champion, and helped to build up The Manor House to become the highest grossing pub for Tetley Walker.

It was this feat that ultimately opened the door to a post at Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Steve has an outstanding reputation in the restaurant trade having turned around many F&B establishments
including Mr Thomas’s Chop House, Sam’s Chop House in Manchester & Leeds before opening his chain of Damson & The Dockyard restaurants. 

As well as collectively winning more awards than anyone else in the hist0ry of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Steve won the tender to develop and operate the highly acclaimed Produce Hall in the Market Place he has a strong commitment to the local, independent business community: Steve helped establish other food businesses in all the areas in which he operates, including an independent bakery and a fishmonger, is working on the Board of a community cinema and arts centre share purchase scheme and has been recognised by Nelson Mandela for his work with Salford consortium.

He is a Fellow of Stockport College, is leading a new project with Media City and SCC for Hospitality apprentices and a Pro Bono Tennis and Squash coach. Since 2017 Steve has been an official ambassador for Stockport.

Gabs Betley

Gabrielle Betley
BID Director & Sainsburys Store Manager

Gabs is a leader  & management expert of a large team in fast moving retail environment, as a store manager at Sainsbury’s, with over 25 years experience in retail & over 20 years in retail management. She is an authentic leader & coach in business environment that changes with the markets, that is digitally evolving to meet customers needs, which is the forefront of her business plan.

Gabs has also worked for Scottish & Newcastle brewery which is now Heineken, running a national sales force which worked in the big 4 retailers & also in the convenience retail market, working with key brands of Fosters, John Smiths & Strongbow & many other brands under the Heineken umbrella. This gave her the sales management experience that drives her passion for retail & developed her commercial acumen.   

A strategic thinker, with commercial awareness,  who moves with pace, coaches & motivates a large team with passion &  drive to achieve her business to deliver profit.

Gabs uses her  passion & leadership skills to develop future talent in the business from grass roots to management.  Gabrielle is involved in female mentoring for Sainsbury’s,  as a the only part time store manager in Manchester inspiring other females within business to break the glass ceiling, that you can have a career & a family.

Gabs is a born & bred proud Stopfordian who is passionate about the success of Stockport town centre, as this bring success to all the businesses in Stockport & brings the town alive! 

Tony Murray
BID Director & Owner of Old Town General Store
A university graduate in business and finance, Tony (pictured left) has an extensive career spanning over 30 years in retail, working for prestigious stores such as Flannels, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and, most recently, Harveys of Halifax.

An experienced Retail Director with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in trend analysis, retail sales, multi channel retail, management and multi site roles with strong purchasing / buying skills. He is creative, confident and ambitious.  

As a resident of Stockport, Tony sees the importance of working closely with the local community and will look to collaborate with others to bring new products, brands and experiences to the town.  

Tony has managed both small and large teams but this is the first venture on his own and sees Stockport as the perfect place to launch his new lifestyle store with the large independent offering and current investment in the town.

Burhan Choudhry
BID Director & Founder & Director of Westpoint Cyber Talent

Burhan, (pictured left), is the Independent Owner of Zync, a specialist Cyber Talent Agency working with some of the biggest brands globally.

Starting just 6 years ago, Zync has successfully developed into the solution for sourcing cyber security talent. For this, Zync earned the award for Best Cyber Recruitment Firm in Europe for 2019-2020. 

A natural leader, Burhan is highly committed to his business and colleagues. He has extensive commercial experience, with over 15 years in recruitment and business solutions, and set up Zync from scratch which demonstrates his entrepreneurial mind and business acumen. He also has a huge presence in the recruitment community and will always be an advocate for businesses helping other businesses and working together to succeed. 

Born and raised in Stockport whilst working and living in Stockport himself, Burhan is hugely dedicated to the success of Stockport town centre and its growing business district. Burhan employs many local residents and aims to employ over 150 local people into the Stockport HQ. As a result, investing in the future of the town is of huge important to Burhan and Zync, since it is vital that the company can continue to evolve and thrive in Stockport.


Rhys Owen
BID Director & Leasing Director at Orbit Developments

Rhys, (pictured left) has been part of the Orbit team for over 17 years and has spent the last decade working on a 400,000 square foot of Stockport town centre portfolio which includes offices, retail and business units. 

Orbits involvement in the town centre started in the early 1970’s. Many of the properties under Orbits ownership sit within the BID boundary meaning many of its customers are Levy Payers whilst Orbit themselves are a notable Levy Payer.

Rhys led Orbits introduction of a town centre reward card, SKone, for its 3,000+ customer employees which incentivises local workers to make full use of the booming independent scene.

Rhys’ connections to Stockport are not solely through work; he is also a resident of the borough with his young family and was one of the original Stockport Ambassador programme established in 2017. He also sits on the Stockport council of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Rhys is passionate about the future of Stockport and supporting businesses of all sizes so that they continue to grow and flourish, in turn supporting jobs, shops and all elements of the town centre. Rhys is a firm believer that a strong commercial property offer is key to ensuring the viability of many town centre retailers and associated businesses than depend on this regular weekday footfall.



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    Average dwell time:

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    (Provided by Sept 2021 research)