Congratulations to Neil – New Chair of Burnley Bondholders

March 31, 2022

We’re very proud to announce that our Managing Director, Neil Evans has been announced as the new chair of Burnley Bondholders.   

Burnley Bondholders, which now has more than 200 members, was formed to drive forward the borough’s ambitions of becoming a place where businesses could flourish, and businesses wanted to invest.  

We have been a major part of life in Burnley for over 35 years. We have a role and responsibility to support and boost the local economy, invest in the skills of our employees, support innovation and provide long-term, stable employment. 

Neil said: “It’s been a challenging time for our town over the past couple of years, but I’ve been amazed at how the Burnley Bondholders and other businesses, along with our community groups and residents, have pulled together during this period. 

“I’ve been hugely impressed by the passion for Burnley, not only in VEKA, but across all the businesses in our borough. This was evident within the first hour of my interview for my role at VEKA with my predecessor Dave Jones.” 

Our previous MD Dave Jones was a founding member of the Burnley Bondholders. Such has been their success that previously Burnley was named as the ‘UK’s most enterprising area,’ while today the unemployment rate is considerably lower than both regional and national averages. 

Neil added: “It’s an honour to have firstly, joined the Focus Burnley Group and secondly, to have subsequently become the new chair. I look forward to working with the bondholders, Burnley Borough Council and our other partners to help steer the town further into recovery and to attract further investment to Burnley, which includes the recent announcements about UCLan and Burnley College expansions and work starting on Pioneer Place.” 

Our factory on the Rossendale Road Industrial Estate opened in 1986 and since then we have become one of the town’s major employers and we’re proud of the fact that 88% of all our staff have a local postcode. 

Commenting on the appointment, Mick Cartledge, CEO of Burnley Borough Council, said: “Neil will make a fantastic chair, he’s made an impactful contribution to the borough already and I look forward to working more closely with him.” 

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