Published Monday 11 August 2014 at 16:19
A £9,000 grant from Blackburn with Darwen Council has been awarded to a company that has relocated to Darwen.
Multihog UK Ltd, who is now based off Charles Street, was offered the monies as part of the Council’s Assistance to Industry programme.
The company relocated to a much larger site to assist their business expansion and needs assistance to purchase a workshop ramp, racking and a plant trailer.
Assistance to Industry grants are delivered on behalf of the Council by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. They are awarded to companies to help them expand and are related in part to the number of jobs being created.
Multihog UK Ltd is a young business established in 2010 and the current Directors, Nick Carter and Nick Leadley, have vast experience of sales and marketing of plant and capital equipment and saw an opportunity to import a new multi-purpose implement carrying vehicle, the Multihog, which was being developed and manufactured in Southern Ireland.
The Multihog base unit itself has the appearance of a road legal compact tractor which is articulated and hydraulically operated, accepting a diverse range of different attachments to the front and rear allowing for effective and efficient all-seasonal utilisation.
With the launching of three new Multihog models this year and to meet the growing demands of a business on the up, the firm have moved from their previous base in the village of Hoddlesden.
The new premises now benefit from a showroom, offices and meeting centre in addition to an engineering workshop and storage unit. Two new jobs have also been created.
Councillor Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Regeneration, said
“This is exactly what the Assistance for Industry grant is for. We are delighted that we have been able to offer Multihog help with their move to bigger premises and for job creation. We are also pleased they have stayed in the borough.”
Nick Carter, Multihog Director, added
“We deal with some of the UK’s largest private and public sector organisations such as London Heathrow Airport, the maintenance contractor Amey as well as a range of councils from Lands’ End to the Scottish Highlands.”
Nick Leadley, Multihog Director, who lives in Hoddlesden concluded
“Having experienced year on year growth since we started the business, almost four years ago, we knew this time would come and are grateful for the step up provided by the Council and Regenerate to continue on this road whilst at the same time remaining local.”
Listen below to hear Multihog bosses and Cllr Maureen Bateson discuss how this funding will help the business and the Borough grow together.