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Driving ambition: Car leasing company moves up a gear with ambitious expansion

26 July 2017

Mayoress of Rochdale, Christine Duckworth, Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Ian Duckworth, Tony Nugent.

A car leasing company which has been in business for more than 20 years has found a new home in Rochdale, as part of its drive to grow.

Anthony K Vehicle Leasing spent more than 2 decades in Middleton. But with help from the Business Growth hub, fuelling a boost in profits and 2 new members of staff, the family firm felt the time was right for a change in location.

There was no question of not staying in Rochdale. We all live here and have enjoyed great success here

Company director and founder, Tony Nugent, said: "Middleton has served us really well, but now our business is changing we needed a new base. There was no question of not staying in Rochdale. We all live here and have enjoyed great success here.

"This new location is ideal for us. It's right next to the tram and train links and the new transport interchange in Rochdale town centre, so all our staff can get here really easily. We've just taken on two new members of staff and will probably take on 2 more in the next year, so knowing these people can get to us easily is a major consideration."

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, who enjoyed a tour of the new premises at Stonebridge House in Livesey Street, said: "It's great to see that as companies like this grow, they want to stay in our borough. It's a great place to do business.

"I'm really impressed that after 20 years in business, this company is still expanding and innovating. I wish them continued success in the future and here's to another 20 years in the fantastic borough of Rochdale."

The company, whose clients include national chains like Bannatyne Gyms, local schools like Falinge Park and Redwood and local companies like H Rothwell & Sons, Click Fire and Security, Zen Internet and Target Fire and Protection got help from the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, which offers fully-funded support to businesses to help them expand. Rochdale Borough Council has its own dedicated growth hub advisor, to help local businesses access support at no cost to themselves.

Tony's son Rob Nugent, who is a director at the business, added: "It's great to be in Rochdale. We really like to be part of the local community. We organise team nights out on a regular basis and we're finding there are some interesting new businesses in the town centre that we're looking to tick off our list. We're so well connected here. It feels like we're really at the heart of things."

Businesses which would like to find out more about FREE support services which are available in Rochdale, including advice on locations, growth and coming to the borough for the first time from Rochdale Development Agency