North West 2019 - 42 Under 42 Members

08 August 2019

Three Macclesfield-based business people (including Macclesfield Means Business members John Butler and Adam Unsworth) have been named in Insider Media North West's 42 Under 42.

North West 2019 - 42 Under 42 Members

Among those in this year’s 42 under 42 are 3 Macclesfield-based business people.


Jon Butler, Big Brand Ideas

Big Brand Ideas is a content-led, performance-driven marketing agency that helps businesses and brands grow. It was founded in 2011, and has grown to a £4m business.

The agency is based across two offices in Macclesfield and central Manchester, and works with a range of business-to-consumer and business-to-business brands and organisations. Clients include Shell, Nextbase, Pulsant, Tyres on the Drive and Willerby.

Big Brand Ideas is a Partner of Macclesfield Means Business and Jon is an active member.


Gareth Fry, Statiflo

Engineering company Statiflo is based in Macclesfield and has subsidiaries in the US and Germany. John Baron founded the business in 1983 in a spare bedroom at his home in Wilmslow. He sold a majority stake to managing director Gareth Fry in 2016 but has remained as chairman. Since the buyout, Fry’s taken a proactive approach to growth targeting international markets. Today, Statiflo has annual revenues of more than £5m and employs 24 staff. Sixty percent of its revenues are generated overseas. Over the past 18 months, Statiflo has recruited new business partners across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.


Adam Unsworth, Plastic Card Services

Established in 1993, key areas to the business are card manufacturing, card personalisation and mailing, data processing, artwork and design as well as offering a secure warehouse facility for the storage and issue of stock into production. The expansion of the manufacturing plant to take it to 30,000 sq ft has enabled its card production capacity to increase from 80 million to 160 million. When asked which superhero he would be, Unsworth opts for Spider-Man, citing his athletic moves.

Plastic Card Services is a member of Macclesfield Means Business.

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