Going underground: Delph based business emerges as market winner

AN AWARD-WINNING Delph based business has officially opened its new offices less than four years after Brad Jackson started Catalyst Claims from the front room of his home.

Brad’s parents, staff, members of the Oldham business community and the Mayor of Oldham, Cllr Shadab Qumer, recently attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration at Catalyst’s Gatehead Business Park premises.


Mayor of Oldham, Cllr Shadab Qumer and Brad Jackson

Shortlisted in the 2018 Oldham Business Awards (OBA) on May 11 and winners at the Greater Manchester Business Awards, Catalyst provide technical expertise in the underground services sector with specialism in insurance.

Managing director Brad, 33, a chartered insurance practitioner, said:”It was quite daunting when I first set up the business because I had just been made redundant.

“But I also saw it as a great opportunity to do something for myself which I had always had the aspiration to do.

“I went to Hulme Grammar but decided not to go to university. What I wanted was on-the-job learning.

“My first job was a claims handler for Royal Sun Alliance dealing with basic windscreen claims.

“Then I worked for a specialist underground claims company like ourselves that is now one of our competitors.”


Catalyst left to right Steve Harrison, Kirsty Walker, Brad Jackson, Mayor of Oldham, Joe Langridge, Jon Haddon, Jackie Dissington, James Noon and Paul Duddle

Brad is one of nine full-time employees at Catalyst Claims.

“I envisage taking on another six by the end of the year,” he said.

“The first three years were about making the foundations solid so we could have rapid growth.

“We were at the stage a year ago where I felt contracts and systems were in place and the processes were there so we could grow rapidly.”

Catalyst, who provide specialist drainage, clean water supply and building services to householders, business owners and insurers, have been short listed in the OBA for ‘business of the year £1m-£5m’.

Their competition comes from Linda Lewis Kitchens and Sefton Accountants.

“We were runners-up two years ago so hopefully this is going to be our year,” added Brad who lives in Uppermill.

“It is good for the team and good to receive recognition from your peers in the industry.”

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