Geldards L&L picCT Bear gets to grips with an Iron and an industrial sized dry-cleaning machine with Geldards Dry-Cleaning

CT Bear spent time with Paul McNamara last week at Geldards dry-cleaners in Bury. Mastering the art of correct temperature settings for the pile of ironing he was given (not even the Bear likes ironing), and understanding that not all stains can be removed simply by dry cleaning alone. Watching garments being spot treated with solvent, sometimes by steam jet or by soaking in special stain-remover liquids—before garments are washed or dry cleaned. CT was impressed with the preparation for each garment and the attention to detail.  Geldards logo and pic

CT does think the dry-cleaning machine is named in his honour “Realstar”.   Have bear with ego ….

Geldards have been established for 54 years and offer a professional dry cleaning and laundry service. Paul and his family pride themselves on giving their customers the very best service. In continuing to give excellent service, and their wish to go the extra mile, they have won awards to prove their standing in the local Bury community. In November 2014 they won Highly Commended in the Family Business category and have just won The Best of ‘Loved & Local’ for Dry-cleaners, Launderettes and Ironing Service. Not to mention coming in the top 100 of ‘The Best of’ Businesses in the UK.

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So CT Bear was looked after, pampered and got to sit in the bosses ‘hot’ seat.   Paul and Geldards get CT Bear’s seal of approval. Quality service. Highly recommended



IMG_3564CT Bear gets to test drive the LNK Motors Trade Car

CT Bear has just spent time with Nicola and Paul at LNK Motors. CT Bear got to test drive the LNK trade car which you will see, in all its lovely yellowness, round and about Bury and Whitefield.   CT Bear was particularly impressed with the valeting process prior to sale and the detail this company go to to ensure that each and every customer is 100% happy with their purchase.

LNK-Motors-CT-BearLNK Motors recently won the accolade of ‘Highly Commended’ – in the Motoring & Transport category at the recent Made in Bury Awards. A relatively new company already making their mark in the North Manchester and Bury area.   Attention to detail and full customer support. Who can ask for more!


Their web-site states they go the ‘extra-mile’ to ensure their customers are happy. CT Bear agrees.


LNK Motors run a professional used car dealership just on the outskirts of Bury, offering excellent trade-in values for your car, together with the following package which comes FREE with every vehicle purchased from them.

  • FREE 12 Months Parts & Labour Warranty with Warrantywise
  • FREE 12 Months Breakdown & Recovery
  • FREE £25 Fuel Allowance
  • FREE Summer Care Valet Pack
  • FREE Winter Car Care Pack
  • FREE Village Hotel Family Pass
  • FREE Bluetooth Hands-Free Kit or,
  • FREE Set of Floor Mats

CT Bear gets to be a Virtual P.A. with the fabulous Lu at “Time Saving Heroes”

CT Bear spent last week in the company of Louise-Amy Etchells (Lu) at Time Saving Heroes in Bury.   Lu runs a Virtual PA Company out of Warth Business Centre in Bury, offering comprehensive administration solutions to SME’s. Whether it’s writing that much needed blog, helping you cultivate an impressive CV, transcribing documents or writing business letters, you won’t find anyone better.    CT-Bear-Lu@TSH2

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So CT Bear had the pleasure of Lu’s company for a whole week and he had the best of times.   CT Bear got to help transcribe audio manuscripts, read the guide to being a Virtual Assistance and control the chocolate tin (his favourite job).

As a denim loving bear CT was probably not so pleased to be dressed in taffeta !  Poor CT Bear  CT-Bear-Lu@TSH3


CT Bear gets his driving licence with GDT Driving School

CT-Bear-GDT-DrivingCT Bear has been learning how to drive and guess what ! He passed his test first time with the lovely Graham at GDT Driving School in Bury, Manchester.     Not only learning the highway-code CT Bear got back to basics and learnt tire treads, reversing round corners, smoozied with the young ladies (he really likes Sarah), got treated to Costa coffee and was finally awarded his driving licence.   He also sat in the back while Beth took her test (good to have the bear rooting for you).   Thanks Graham I think it’s safe to say CT Bear had a great time.

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CT Bear at the Computer Troubleshooters annual conference at Yarnfield Park.

CT Bear was at Yarnfield Park attending his first ever Computer Troubleshooters Conference. Although not allowed to take part in the social networking (the bear isn’t old enough to drink) he did get to spend time with Kim Weinberger (Head of USA Operations) and meet the other UK franchise owners.


The team discussed the development of longstanding and trusted industry relationships with current suppliers, and getting involved with new ones. Watch this space.  An enormous amount of exciting things in the pipeline.  The Computer Troubleshooters family continues to grow and it was good to meet the new franchise members Zeljko and Andrew.    CT-Bear-CT-Conference-Yarnfield2

Kishore from CT  North Leicester was awarded his 5 year service and Steve Rice at CT Tonbridge got his 10 year award. Well done guys.

Finally a thank you to Iain and Kath McCloud UK Franchise head office for organising a great event.    To everyone who attended, thanks for making it fun.

Bakewell Carpets take CT Bear to work

John Bakewell decided to make CT Bear work for his chocolate buttons this week. John, being the perfectionist he is at his trade, meant it was necessary for CT to be ready and able to work hard. Hence the shades and coffee … got to keep it cool, got to keep it real.    Videos to follow.

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The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity ‘Joshua’s Journey’ took CT Bear to the #lockin4josh recently

CT-Bear-Humphrey-Police-StationIt would appear Dawn at The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and Humphrey have been getting CT Bear into a spot of bother ! Locked Up …. #lockin4josh #CTBear This event raised over £2,000 towards their charity so congratulations to everyone who took part.


This charity is raising funds and awareness for children and families who have to deal with the reality of childhood brain tumour on a daily basis.  Support them at

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AFG Law Take CT Bear to London

AFG LAW is a full service high street law firm.  Established in 1897 the firm believes in it’s traditional values delivered with a modern approach.  These guys made sure CT Bear hit the tourist hot-spots.

CT Bear and I went to London to visit the Queen. We stayed in a Hotel in Hayes and visited a number of tourist attractions including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Supreme Court. CT Bear had an amazing time and his favourite parts were the upside down house, lunch in Hyde Park and most importantly time spent with the girls. We can’t wait for him to come away with us again!!

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Sound Physique Bury

Gill Ridings took CT Bear for some taster sessions of non-invasive lipo-suction that is on offer at her salon in Bury.  Check out Gill’s facebook page and amazing reviews on The Best of Bury site.

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