Hebden Bridge family firm takes over Padiham fuel company

Craggs Energy Managing Director Chris Bingham and new Depot Manager Jeremy Cosway
Craggs Energy Managing Director Chris Bingham and new Depot Manager Jeremy Cosway

A NEW independent fuel oil company has extended its delivery area into Burnley and Padiham.

Craggs Energy have begun trading in the borough after taking over the former Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd depot based in Padiham.

The family-run firm, based in Hebden Bridge, bought the Wyre Street site and four tankers after Samuel Cook and Co Ltd went into administration with the loss of 86 jobs.

Craggs Energy, which sells kerosene (heating oil), gas oil and diesel to homes, farms and commercial enterprises, have launched their business in the area using the local knowledge of two former Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd employees.

Craggs Energy managing director Chris Bingham said: “We have built our business by using experienced staff and 
delivering high levels of customer service at a fair price. Opening a depot in the Burnley and Pendle area means we can extend this promise and provide the local area with a family-run local company they can trust to take care of their fuel requirements”

Jeremy Cosway, ex-depot manager and Ben Duckworth, ex-marketing manager of Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd have both joined the team at Craggs Energy Ltd.

Burnley-born Jeremy Cosway said: “I worked at Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd for six years and I was the depot manager for the two of those. It was sad to say goodbye to but I’m really happy that I can continue my career in Padiham and continue to 
focus on the local area”. Ben added; “I was really disappointed when Samuel Cooke and Co Ltd was forced to close but thanks to Craggs Energy we can continue our efforts of serving the Burnley and Pendle area out of the well-known 
Padiham depot.”

The business has been built using the experience of Ralph Thornber who has years of knowledge in the industry and sold his first oil business back in the 1980s.

With an online ordering service on its website and a heavy involvement in social media, Craggs Energy is aiming to appeal to customers young and old.

The company comes with a Land Rover for difficult access and a well-equipped fleet to deal with a wide range of customer needs.