Business defects from Horwich to Chorley after Rivington Pike stunt - 'because council didn't offer enough support'

Business defects from Horwich to Chorley after Rivington Pike stunt - 'because council didn't offer enough support'

ServiceSport UK has moved from Horwich to Chorley

The lighting of Rivington Pike started the Choose Chorley for Business campaign which has resulted in ServiceSport UK’s move

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A SPORTS business has defected from Bolton to Chorley amid claims it was not offered enough support from Bolton Council.

Fitness industry supplier ServiceSport UK had been based in Bolton since it was founded in 1998 with its most recent base in Chorley New Road, Horwich, but it has now moved into bigger premises in the Chorley North Industrial park.

Council bosses insist the firm never asked for help and, had bosses done so, they would have been offered assistance.

ServiceSport UK is one of the first outfits to move to Chorley since the Choose Chorley for Business campaign was controversially started with the lighting of Rivington Pike, which borders Horwich and Chorley.

The publicity stunt, which saw the pike lit up in the red of Lancashire in a bid to encourage more businesses to set up in Chorley, angered some Bolton residents.

ServiceSport bosses said the firm’s success had led them to search for a larger home and their initial plan was to remain in Bolton, where the majority of staff are from.

The company said the help and support offered by Chorley Council, which included a £25,000 grant, led them to choose Chorley as their new home.

There was also a parting shot aimed at Bolton Council, after bosses said they had never received support for their business during their time in Bolton.

Financial director of ServiceSport UK Mark Grundy said: “We needed to expand and wanted to stay in Bolton. That is where all three directors are from.

“We didn’t approach Bolton Council on this occasion for help because we have contacted them several times in the past and never got anywhere, so when Chorley Council proactively came to help us, that made our decision.”

“Chorley Council have been fantastic and really supported us with this move.”

In a response, Keith Davies, Bolton Council’s director of development and regeneration, said he was pleased the firm would be retaining all their Bolton-based staff.

He added: “Obviously as the company expands its workforce in the future those jobs will also be available to our residents because of its proximity to Bolton.

“We were not approached by the company but would have been happy to assist them in relocating elsewhere in Bolton and we have a good track record of being able to support firms in this way.

“However, they have a solution which suits them and retains employment for Bolton residents and that is good news for this area.”

When the pike was lit up red, the Mayor of Horwich said residents were “absolutely outraged”.

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11:57am Wed 9 Jul 14

westhoughton123 says...

Good riddance, they wanted something for nothing.

Compete fairly or sling your hook

Wont be missed
Good riddance, they wanted something for nothing. Compete fairly or sling your hook Wont be missed westhoughton123
  • Score: -15

12:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BlackrodBoy says...

Its a shame they didn't give Bolton Council a chance to offer support, even if it was just to help to [prevent the commute now required by their employees. Seems a little short-sighted to not have even asked the question.
Its a shame they didn't give Bolton Council a chance to offer support, even if it was just to help to [prevent the commute now required by their employees. Seems a little short-sighted to not have even asked the question. BlackrodBoy
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

exboard says...

Probably considered too small!!
Probably considered too small!! exboard
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

marco999 says...

Who really cares? Horwich to Chorley is not a massive move is it? You could walk there.
Who really cares? Horwich to Chorley is not a massive move is it? You could walk there. marco999
  • Score: 11

1:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

We Throw Money At Business, Another Bill For Joe Public Boy Have We Been Urinated On.
We Throw Money At Business, Another Bill For Joe Public Boy Have We Been Urinated On. Gore Seer
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

I wouldn't stay in Bolton. It's a backward racist town with a newspaper that's just as bigoted.
I wouldn't stay in Bolton. It's a backward racist town with a newspaper that's just as bigoted. Chrome1
  • Score: -4

2:11pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Anonycom says...

ServiceSport didn't take the decision to move from Bolton to Chorley lightly. Staff conditions and delivering services from the old premises in Horwich had been difficult for a couple of years. The business moved within Bolton 4 times, never with any support from Bolton Council, there was no expectation of council help. The premises in Chorley was found by the directors prior to any knowledge of funding or Chorley Council's support, the support Chorley Council gave made the move a success. Staff now have great working conditions and services are being delivered more efficiently with more capacity to grow. Chorley will benefit from that growth and have provided a good return on investment for their tax payers. Its a shame Bolton missed out.
ServiceSport didn't take the decision to move from Bolton to Chorley lightly. Staff conditions and delivering services from the old premises in Horwich had been difficult for a couple of years. The business moved within Bolton 4 times, never with any support from Bolton Council, there was no expectation of council help. The premises in Chorley was found by the directors prior to any knowledge of funding or Chorley Council's support, the support Chorley Council gave made the move a success. Staff now have great working conditions and services are being delivered more efficiently with more capacity to grow. Chorley will benefit from that growth and have provided a good return on investment for their tax payers. Its a shame Bolton missed out. Anonycom
  • Score: 11

3:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

skintight says...

“We were not approached by the company but would have been happy to assist them in relocating elsewhere in Bolton and we have a good track record of being able to support firms in this way.

What a load of b*** ***t. You haven't moved Chadwicks Scrap Metal have you despite a unanimous rejection of a planning application, "Bolton Council recommend they move", hundreds of complaints and a planning directorate enquiry which overturned your decision. Bolton businesses are either to small or to large for them to get involved. Too small as in not worth the hassle or too big to get involved with legal costs. Bolton Council are a waste of space.
“We were not approached by the company but would have been happy to assist them in relocating elsewhere in Bolton and we have a good track record of being able to support firms in this way. What a load of b*** ***t. You haven't moved Chadwicks Scrap Metal have you despite a unanimous rejection of a planning application, "Bolton Council recommend they move", hundreds of complaints and a planning directorate enquiry which overturned your decision. Bolton businesses are either to small or to large for them to get involved. Too small as in not worth the hassle or too big to get involved with legal costs. Bolton Council are a waste of space. skintight
  • Score: 15

6:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

I wouldn't ask Bolton Council for the time from the town hall clock. They are 100% useless, they prove this day in and day out.

And the ever useless Keith Davies would have been better keeping his grid firmly shut. His comment is ludicrous.

Quote Keith clueless Davies:- In a response, Keith Davies, Bolton Council’s director of development and regeneration, said he was pleased the firm would be retaining all their Bolton-based staff.

He added: “Obviously as the company expands its workforce in the future those jobs will also be available to our residents because of its proximity to Bolton.

“We were not approached by the company but would have been happy to assist them in relocating elsewhere in Bolton and we have a good track record of being able to support firms in this way.

“However, they have a solution which suits them and retains employment for Bolton residents and that is good news for this area.”


Good luck to the firm who has moved across the border. No matter what happens, it couldn't be anywhere near as bad as being in this 5h1th0le of a filthy, under achieving one-eyed backwater of a town.
I wouldn't ask Bolton Council for the time from the town hall clock. They are 100% useless, they prove this day in and day out. And the ever useless Keith Davies would have been better keeping his grid firmly shut. His comment is ludicrous. Quote Keith clueless Davies:- In a response, Keith Davies, Bolton Council’s director of development and regeneration, said he was pleased the firm would be retaining all their Bolton-based staff. He added: “Obviously as the company expands its workforce in the future those jobs will also be available to our residents because of its proximity to Bolton. “We were not approached by the company but would have been happy to assist them in relocating elsewhere in Bolton and we have a good track record of being able to support firms in this way. “However, they have a solution which suits them and retains employment for Bolton residents and that is good news for this area.” Good luck to the firm who has moved across the border. No matter what happens, it couldn't be anywhere near as bad as being in this 5h1th0le of a filthy, under achieving one-eyed backwater of a town. wsw69
  • Score: 6

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