Colleagues and friends at Bradbury were left deeply saddened by news of the death of Purchasing Manager, Jim Watt. Everyone’s thoughts are very much with his wife Julie and son Cameron for their unimaginable loss. Condolences and tributes flooded in for this popular member of the management team who was full of fun, never short of an encouraging word and totally dedicated to his work.

Jim passed away in his sleep after a brave battle against cancer. He fought the disease with his usual zest for life coming in to Bradbury at every possible opportunity throughout his long treatment; never once letting this interfere with his work or enthusiasm for the job.

Jim joined Bradbury in on the 21st July 2008 as Storeman but went on to play a key role in transitioning the business from a small grille company to the largest door manufacturer in the UK. Indeed many colleagues will remember Jim’s own transition from Storeman to Purchasing Manager when for a period of time it was necessary to cover both roles; jumping off the telephone in the front office where he ordered the stock and onto the forklift to unload it.

During this period Jim was joined by Purchasing Assistant Karen Heseltine and as the department evolved Nigel Ellis and Jack Lawson joined the team. Always the footballer at heart, Jim was an inspirational manager; a team player who led by example.  He drove a hard bargain with suppliers but was held in very high regard, with a large number wishing to pass on their condolences to Jim’s family and colleagues.

A former professional footballer, Jim’s passion for the great game was never far from the surface. As a United supporter he received much stick when arranging for the offices to be painted in Everton’s colours. Colleagues recall Jim’s pride in his Yorkshire roots and how anyone popping in to Bradbury on a Saturday morning might run in to Jim and labradoodle catching up on a busy week.

Jim’s hard work paid off. He developed Bradbury’s purchasing function into a department with a spend of over £8 million that kept pace and indeed contributed much to the rapid growth of the Bradbury Group over recent years. For those that had the pleasure to work with him, Jim Watt will be sadly missed and forever remembered.


Funeral Service

A funeral service will be held for Jim on Thursday 6th November at St Nicholas Church, Thorn, DN8 5NP starting at 2.30pm. For more information please speak to Sara Edenbrow at Bradbury Tel 01724 271999.


Memories and Messages of Condolence

Jim with phone and Nigel and Jack









Jim and team at the Christmas Party










 It’s very sad news that Jim has passed away following his illness. He was a nice chap; beneath his brash and direct manner he was kind, thoughtful and considerate.

I recall an occasion a few years ago when I was unloading a pallet with a fork lift truck. Observing my efforts Jim began shaking his head, then suggested seriously, that I might need to go for a refresher training course. Jim was ruthlessly honest and direct.

He could also ‘talk the hind legs off a donkey’! – Talking of donkey’s – Jim used to tell me (and everyone else) about his claim to fame, playing football in the 80’s for Arsenal reserves, mixing with the likes of Tony (‘Donkey’) Adams, ‘Rocky’ Roecastle and ‘Smudger’ Smith. – My footballing heroes from my early supporting days of Arsenal Football Club.

Jim would relay details of his playing days and insight at the club, in this respect he also became a hero of mine. I assumed that he would become a life-long Arsenal supporter, but disappointingly, he decided to follow Manchester United! - Oh well, I suppose nobody is perfect!

Martin Reynolds

Bradbury Engineering Dept


Me and Jim were ‘Team Yorkshire’ as we were the only Yorkshire employees at Bradbury. We would often slip into the Yorkshire dialect and everyone else would be scratching their heads and trying to decipher what we had just said.

Bye Eck Cock!

Lovely man who will be sadly missed

Lou J

Quality and Installation Dept


He always called me 'Gypsey' and I once let it slip to Jim that my family followed Chelsea FC. I certainly never heard the last of that!

Alex Gipps

Marketing Dept


Dear All,

It is with regret & a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of our colleague, Jim Watt.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Kind regards,

Nigel Ellis

Purchasing Manager







Paul Bennett       

Ironmongery ManagerCUPS

Humber Merchants Limited


From: Burton, Ian
Sent: 31 October 2014 11:43
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Jim

Hi Nigel, please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of Jim, he was one of life’s great characters and even when he was ill he remained cheerful and positive he was always willing to listen and will be sadly missed.

Please pass on our thoughts to his family on what is a very difficult time.

From everyone at GEZE UK

Ian Burton


From: Banham, Bob
Sent: 31 October 2014 08:53
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Dear Nigel, I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. In the short time I knew him he came across as a very professional, likeable and genuine individual.

Speak to you soon.

Kind regards,

Bob Banham | Sales



From: emily 

And from all of us in Kam Wik, our thoughts are with you all  

Best regards


Kam Wik Hardware Co., Ltd.


From: Danny Rising
Hi Nigel,

I am shocked to hear this news.

Please pass on our best wishes and deepest sympathy to all of Jim’s colleagues, and of course, his family.

Kind regards

Danny Rising Dip GAI

 Regional Sales Manager

Mul-T-Lock (UK)



From: Ian Scott


So shocked at hearing the news, please send his family our love and sympathy.


Ian Scott

Sales Director

Securefast plc



From: Simon Woffindin

Sent: 30 October 2014 15:24

To: Nigel Ellis

Subject: Re:

From all at North Lincs Glass our thoughts are with you and Jim's family

Simon Woffindin

Factory Manager


From: Tony Green

Sent: 30 October 2014 14:13
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: condolences

Hello Nigel,

Really sad to hear news of Jim. I hope to be in the area next week. I’ll call you then.

Regards Tony Green

Thermaset Ltd


From: Enquiries
Sent: 30 October 2014 13:27
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Sorry to hear the devastating news.

R.I.P Jim & God bless you. Our thoughts go out to your friends & family at this sad time.

From all at Humberside Glazing Limited


From: Marcia Jackson
Sent: 30 October 2014 13:12
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:

Hi Nigel, I am so shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Jim, my thoughts are with you and all his family at this very sad time. Regards Marcia Jackson
Sales Executive

Tubes UK

From: Michael Bye
Sent: 30 October 2014 13:12
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE: Jim

Hi Nigel,

I am very sorry to hear the news about Jim.

I didn’t know him very well, although it was him who really got things going between Bradbury and Southern Ceramics in terms of purchasing, and for that I am very grateful.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Kind regards,

Michael Southern Ceramic Supplies Ltd


From: paul
Sent: 30 October 2014 13:09
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:

So sorry to hear such sad news.

Such a shock, didn't realise Jim was ill.

Paul lingwood 


From: Drummond, Ian
Sent: 30 October 2014 13:02
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:

​​Hi Nigel,

Very sad news our thoughts are with

Jim's family/Friends and work colleagues.

 From all at Tata Steel.

 Kind Regards

 Ian Drummond

Business Development Manager

Tata Steel

Scunthorpe Metal Centre


From: Paul Dockerty
Sent: 30 October 2014 12:49
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:

Dear Nigel, 

I am shocked and upset by this devastating news. 

Condolences do not nearly cover it,  but my thoughts are with all Jim's family, friends and colleagues.



From: Ryan Ahern

Sent: 30 October 2014 12:45
Subject: Jim Watt

Paul / Nigel

I have just heard the sad news about the passing of Jim.

I personally have fond memories of my dealings with Jim at the very early stages of the Bradbury MICO relationship.

I would fully appreciate it if you could pass on our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues, from everybody here at Tindall Engineering.

Kindest regards

Ryan Ahern

General Manager


From: Ken Drake Sent: 30 October 2014 12:44
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:


I was very sorry to receive your email. This is really sad news but thank you for letting us know.

Best regards

Ken Drake

Zero Plus


From: Neil Graves
Sent: 30 October 2014 12:20
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:


Sorry to hear about the sad loss.

Our thoughts are with both his family and his colleagues.



From: Steve Auld
Sent: 30 October 2014 12:12
Cc: Maureen Edwards
Subject: Rivco reply

Good afternoon Nigel, may we offer our condolences to Jim Watts family and friends.

I am sure it must be a dark day at your Company today, as our dealings with Jim were always firm but fair, which would translate into wanting to make sure you did not let him down personally, which in turn made sure the Company he represented received the service they required. A gentleman.

We were all upset to hear the news today.

Best wishes

Steve Auld

Managing Director


From: Karin Edwards

Sent: 30 October 2014 12:09
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Dear Nigel

Please pass on our deepest sympathy to all at Bradburys and Jims family.

I dealt with Jim for some time while he was with Bradburys.

My condolences to all who worked with him and knew him.

Best Regards

Karin Edwards

Baton Lock Ltd


From: Tanya Krofchak
Sent: 30 October 2014 12:08
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Hi Nigel

I’m very sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathies from all of us here at Lynx Polythene.

Kind Regards.


Lynx Polythene


From: Daisy McConnell

Sent: 30 October 2014 11:55

Subject: RE:

And from all of us here, our thoughts are with you all x

Daisy McConnell

Key Account Manager

Component Force


From: Donna Stevens
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:57
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Please accept our condolences – from all at Thermaset Ltd

Kind Regards



From: Maureen Edwards
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:58
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Dear Nigel,

Such truly shocking and sad news, please accept my sincere condolences and send our thoughts to his family at this sad time.

Kind regards

Maureen Edwards

Sales Office Manager



From: International Door Controls
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:58
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Re:

Very Sad News Nigel.

Please pass on our condolences.

Kind Regards.

Directors & Staff at I.D.C.


From: Mark Goodare
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:56
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Hi Nigel,

 Very sad news, thoughts are with his family from all at AK


AK Sheet Metal


From: Sales
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:55
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Hi Nigel,

I am ever so sorry to hear such sad news. Our thoughts are with you, your colleagues and of course Jim’s family.

Kind Regards


Specialise Security


From: Jackson, Chris

Sent: 30 October 2014 11:54

To: Nigel Ellis

Subject: Re:


This is devastating.

The thoughts of us all here at AkzoNobel are with his family and those around them.


Chris Jackson

Senior Area Sales Manager - GMF UK


From: Mountford, Glenn
Sent: 30 October 2014 11:52
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

That's terrible news Nigel,

I had many a conversation with Jim over the years and found him to be a straight and honest guy.

I am truly sad about his passing.


Glenn Mountford



Hi Nigel,

Thank you for letting me know,

I obviously had the pleasure of working with Jim in the early days of the PBS transition to Bradbury.

Very sad news.

Kindest regards,



John T Sloyan

Managing Director

From: Tracey Atkinson Sent: 31 October 2014 15:13
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: Sad Loss

Good Afternoon Nigel

Such sad news, our hearts go out to Jim’s family and to Bradbury at the loss of their work colleague.

From all at Lindum.


Tracey Atkinson | Customer Service Manager


From: Jeremy Bordacs
Sent: 31 October 2014 15:33
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:

Hi Nigel,

I am sorry to hear the very sad news of the passing of Jim. My thoughts are with you, his friends and his family at this sad time.

Kindest regards


Jeremy Bordacs

Sales New Equipment

DORMA UK Limited


Sent: 03 November 2014 10:03
To: Nigel Ellis
Subject: RE:


Devastating news, it was a pleasure to meet Jim, my thoughts are with his family.

Best regards,

Bob Blenkhorn

Technical Sales Engineer