Three Bury businesses changed hands during the Covid-19 lockdown in deals arranged by Blacks Business Brokers, which has its headquarters in the town centre. The former Go Wild day nursery, the outdoor education business Communitree and the Expressos sandwich bar and café all found new owners while strict social distancing measures were in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Blacks Business Brokers is based in St Mary’s Place, near Bury Central Library and the Fusiliers Museum. It employs more than 30 people.

The firm’s managing director, Chris Rowlands, said, “It obviously hasn’t been business as usual over the last few months, and at the height of lockdown we faced logistical challenges around conducting viewings and arranging surveys of properties. However, these are now easing and there are plenty of buyers out there who see 2020 as a good time make a long-term investment.

“I am really pleased that, despite the challenges we have all faced, we have been able to arrange transactions that enabled our clients to move on to the next stages of their lives and allowed new owners to start making their own mark on the business scene here in Bury. We are also expecting several other business sales to complete over the weeks ahead – the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in our town, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.”