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Padiham fuel firm bosses 'full of energy' a year on from takeover
12:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
BOSSES at a fuel distributor said they were ‘full of energy’ a year on from taking over a company which went into administration.
Craggs Energy bought out the ex-Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd depot in Padiham last year when it announced it was making 80 people redundant.
The award-winning company took on 15 members of staff who were facing losing their jobs and the company now has plans for further expansion and growth into new areas while retaining its Padiham depot as a strong-hold in East Lancashire.
Chris Bingham, managing director of Craggs Energy said: “We knew that the local knowledge of the area and the experienced staff were integral to our success in this new territory and so were keen to employ as many of the ex-Samuel Cooke and Co staff as possible.”
The site launched two months after the closure with two ex-employees.
Within a matter of months, the number had grown to 15, including four local drivers.
The company has established a firm holding with heating oil and red diesel users in the surrounding area and has been keen to get involved with the local community by offering financial support to Padiham Football Club, The Pendle Tractor Rally and by hosting multiple events with the young farmers’ clubs.
In 2009, the firm was involved in a one-year shirt sponsorship deal with Burnley FC.
Former Samuel Cooke and Co employee and current Craggs energy account manager Kirstie Travers said she was relieved the company had been taken over.
She said: “I worked for Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd for 10 years and as sad as I was to see the company close, I am really proud to now be working for a brand new, dynamic company like Craggs Energy who are bringing something different to the fuel industry.”
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