Full-time for Lancashire-based sports firm as 47 staff axed

JOANNE HAMMOND and John Russell of Begbies Traynor’s Sheffield office have been appointed joint administrators of Thornton Sports Group which manufactures, fits and maintains sports surfaces and artificial grass.

The Lancashire-based company stopped trading last week with 47 of its 52 staff made redundant.

Much of the company’s business was generated through PFI/PPP and City Academy projects.

The group consists of six companies: Thornton Sports Ltd; Thorntons Contracts Ltd; GTC Sports Ltd; Nordon Ltd; Protech AllWeather; and Soccer Turf.

Established over 35 years ago, it has a manufacturing plant in Altham near Blackburn and a maintenance operation is Wigston, near Leicester.

Joint administrator Hammond said: “Unfortunately, the group suffered from quality problems with some of its products which proved too costly to rectify.  This, together with low margins and increased competition, has made the business unviable.

“We will be marketing Thornton Sport’s manufacturing plant in Blackburn and working to recover further funds for the creditors.”

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