Olive’s Kitchen is a café and specialist event catering business that launched in July 2020 while Covid-19 dominated life as we knew it.

This year they celebrate the opening of their third site which coincides nicely with them being awarded a gold Greater Manchester’s Healthy Catering award.

Olive’s Kitchen was inspired and named after the owner, Tony Marsh’s 101-year-old grandmother, Olive, and it opened its first site on Bolton Street, Bury.

Whilst being committed to supporting local businesses, the community and by sharing concern for the environment, Olive’s Kitchen puts great emphasis on providing high-quality, freshly-prepared, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients which are sustainable -and healthy.

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Despite the business having to negotiate enforced closures and reduced opening hours due to the pandemic, Olive’s Kitchen has gone from strength to strength.

In July 2021, their second site opened in Bury Business Lodge which provides contemporary flexible space, offering innovative office solutions to business communities in the area.

Following continued success and the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the business continued to grow, and they employed a further five people leading to the launch of their third site at Lowes Park Golf Club in Bury this week.

To achieve this, catering businesses must have the highest Food Hygiene Rating of five and demonstrate environmental sustainability, support reduced food waste, recycling, healthy food choices, support safe breastfeeding spaces as well as preparing food with low salt and low sugar to support healthy diets.

Tony said: “We are delighted with the warm welcome that we have received throughout Bury since our inception.

“Through teamwork, passion and by having an ethos that ensures that the customer is at the heart of everything we do, we have established ourselves within the community and built a solid foundation from which we will continue to grow our business.

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“Achieving a gold healthy catering award is the icing on the cake after a turbulent few years. We would sincerely like to thank everyone who has supported us and continues to support us on our journey.”

Francesca Vale, Bury Council’s Public Health Nutritionist who leads on the Bury Food Strategy, added: “We want Bury to be at the forefront of promoting and celebrating good food for all.

“This award is part of Bury's drive to promote food processes that are healthier, fairer, local and more sustainable. Congratulations to Olive’s Kitchen on your achievement especially during the pandemic.”