Meet our team of directors...

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Glynn Burrows

Director

Glynn Burrows is a true Norfolk Dumpling, with roots going back in this fine county, to the C16th. Having been fascinated with family and local history since childhood, it is one of his proudest boasts to say that all of his direct ancestors so far discovered, lived within 50 miles of where he lives today!

Having trained as a chef and after working in several places, including France, he married a Norfolk “gal” and settled in Gressenhall. He has two adult children and two beautiful little granddaughters. Now he is self-employed as an historian and offers bespoke tours of East Anglia, trading as Norfolk-Tours. Most of his guests are people wanting to find out more about their own family history but he has also taken several professors, lecturers and writers around to places for their researches. He writes for several magazines and online publications, “appears” on an American internet radio show as their English Correspondent and is in the process of writing several local history books.

Buy Local Norfolk is an obvious organisation for such a person. With a passion for his beloved county he hates to see how it is being decimated with the loss of individuality of the towns as well as the beautiful city of Norwich and he wants to step in and do something buy ventolin inhaler online before it is too late. Buy Local Norfolk is a step in the right direction!

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Keith Sandle

Director

Keith was born in the village of Castle Acre as part of a large family who all grew up in and around the old market town of Swaffham, West Norfolk. His dad was a self employed carpenter, and he spent much of his youth on the smallholding his uncles owned. Small businesses and an independent philosophy is in his blood. Keith is an I.T. training specialist, web developer, and public speaker.

An interest in history, as well as a passion for getting involved in the local community, Keith is a trustee of St Mary’s Church, Houghton on the Hill, where he assists with the organising and promotion of events at the church and also designed and maintains the website. He is also on the board of directors of the Merle Boddy Day Centre, an independent charity providing support for people with a range of mental health disorders.

Having been self employed for many years, Keith is aware of the need for support, networking and promotion to ensure the success of SMEs. Keith is intent on encouraging people to understand how a more tailored, personal service or product provided by a small business can far exceed the one-size-fits-all service offered by a large corporation and feels strongly that a local economy works best when it supports its own.

In his spare time Keith is a referee and Ring Announcer for the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) in Norwich.

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James Martin

Director

James was born in West Runton on the beautiful North Norfolk coast after his parents moved from London after falling in love with the county in the early 70’s.
Having grown up in the market town of Watton and a couple of moves to other parts of the county he finally settled in Thorpe St Andrew with his wife, children, and two mad spaniels.

After running two successful independent businesses, James took up various other positions before setting up a new family confectionery business called Sweet Smiles of Norfolk in June 2021. He loves meeting other amazing businesses at events he attends and takes inspiration from the drive and determination he sees in other business owners to grow and thrive, sometimes in the most adverse of circumstances.

This individuality is what makes buying from an independent not only unique but also such a rewarding experience. Knowing that no matter how small the transaction, the buzz that goes through that business owner every time somebody chooses their product or service can not be replicated anywhere else, imagine if we could bottle up this feeling, how amazing would that be?

Away from work, you will generally find James working with children at football coaching sessions building confidence for our next generation, or as a season ticket holder, in the stands at Norwich City FC.

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Kerry Ellis

Director

Kerry Ellis is the owner and founder of Epic Event Hire.

Epic Event Hire provides bespoke and packaged décor, lighting, props, photo booth, dance floor and DJ hire for weddings and events across Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Kerry has been an active member of Buy Local since 2017 and is very passionate about all the amazing businesses we have in Norfolk and why buying from them is so important.

“Why would you go elsewhere when everything you need is right here!”

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Peter Bussey

Director

After 30 years in commerce a convenient opportunity to venture out as a sole practitioner accountant arose in 2017 and I set up Abacus Accountancy.

My career in accountancy came about after spending 2 years travelling around the world aged 18, after my A levels, to give me time to decide upon a worthwhile career.

On my return I moved to Norwich to take up 3 years full-time study at City College for my ACCA qualifications, then stayed local as a trainee accountant with Norwich Union. After a spell in London with the Corporation of Lloyds looking after Names’ funds, I returned to Norfolk as a senior accountant with the R G Carter Group.

Being self-employed now gives me the flexibility for school runs for Georgia, our granddaughter, and to walk Leah our Labrador/Alsatian rescue dog (during daylight in the winter). As a keen cyclist I had hoped to get more miles on the bike. Unfortunately this has not happened with the number of clients steadily growing – despite taking on staff to cope!

In addition to being a Director of Buy Local Norfolk, I am also a Director for the Eastern Landlords Association which ties in with the small rental portfolio built up over the years. Since 2010 I have been Treasurer for Shine, a charity in Great Yarmouth providing nursery and day care for children with special needs. Finally, I am proud to be a ‘gold’ blood donor with achieving 100 my target.

So with all this, and attending rock concerts of increasingly aged bands, this doesn’t leave much time with my wife, Emma.

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Paul Knock

Director

Hi, I’m Paul Knock and I have been working in the EPOS industry for over 10 years. I have my own business, Breckland Retail Services.

I have a passion for helping businesses by saving them money and making their day to day operations easier. As a business owner I know how hard it can be to find the right help to grow your business.

Breckland Retail Services (BRS EPOS) is a Norfolk based supplier of retail and restaurant software (EPoS) that serves mainly East Anglia but we also have clients nationwide, across the UK. We help small and medium sized businesses achieve a much higher degree of efficiency and time saving by providing them an EPOS system that will revolutionise the management of their business. We believe in giving our clients the best service possible, which is why we like to get to know our client and set up a system tailored to their requirements.

It seemed an obvious decision to be involved in Buy Local Norfolk as helping businesses is what I do best!

Meet our admin team...

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Connie Wallace

Membership Liaison

Connie is very hands on and her favourite hobby is sewing, and tie dyeing as she finds it really calming and loves to see the results of her work, and know she has created and owns something unique.  Connie is also a big fan of the beach at Well-next-the-Sea as she lived near there for a couple years, and has so many good memories. She’s most excited in this role to learn more about local companies and the people who run them.

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William Lubbock

Events & Social Media Assistant

William is our latest Norfolk born and bred kickstart recruit who loves sunny weather and being outside. His favourite place to visit in Norfolk is Gorleston beach where he grew up before moving to Wymondham. Nowadays, Wiliam likes to be sociable with his friends, go to gigs and visit the various skateparks around the county. William is excited to meet new people and represent Buy Local Norfolk at our member events.

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