Padiham fuel firm expansion plans

Craggs Energy fleet. Padiham

Craggs Energy fleet. Padiham

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Employees in Padiham are breathing a sigh of relief as they celebrate their first year anniversary in new positions with local fuel distributor Craggs Energy Ltd.

Last July, the 166 year-old fuel supplier Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd went into administration with the loss of more than 80 jobs.

Luckily Craggs Energy, a new fuel distributor based in Hebden Bridge, rescued the ex-Samuel Cooke Depot in Padiham by buying the site in August 2012.

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 almost immediately in August with two ex-employees and within a matter of months this number had soon grown to 15 including four local drivers.

Bringing life back to the old Padiham depot, Craggs Energy has established a firm holding with local heating oil and red diesel users in the surrounding area and has also offered financial support to Padiham Football Club, The Pendle Tractor Rally and by hosting events with the local Young Farmers Clubs.

Next year brings plans for further expansion into new areas for the company while retaining its Padiham depot as a significant stronghold in East Lancashire.