A TRAINING company boss has confirmed he has secured the rights to use the CragRats name.
The Holmfirth theatre and training company folded last June amid massive debts causing the loss of around 70 jobs.
But last month Surrey based Speakeasy4schools announced it was planning to take on the failed company’s name and re-employ some of its staff.
Managing director, Will Akerman, told the Examiner the deal was now done and the two companies – Speakeasy4schools and CragRats – would run in parallel with CragRats based somewhere in the Holmfirth area.
Mr Akerman said last week’s open day for former employees at the Old Bridge Hotel had been a great success and confirmed he had paid a substantial sum for the CragRats brand.
Mr Akerman said: “The open day worked an absolute dream.
“A good number of office staff, about 40, came along, and almost all of them were really enthusiastic.
“There were some really great people there, it was beyond my expectations.
“Holme Valley councillor Ken Sims is also very positive and helpful and is helping us to find an office.”
Mr Akerman said they would not be able to employ everybody but were in discussions with key individuals.
And he also confirmed they would not be purchasing the former CragRats headquarters on Dunford Road, but said he would consider renting part of it.
“CragRats had 360 actors on their books,” he added.
“We’ll be starting off small and building up.
“But there will be something for some of the actors.”
Mr Akerman reiterated his intention to launch in September and said he would be splitting his time between Surrey and the Holme Valley.
A number of small ventures have risen from the collapse of CragRats.
Last week, former marketing director Laura Kirwan, announced she had set up her own marketing agency Circle Marketing.
Shepley based educational training company The Riot Act – the brainchild of CragRats’ former education salesman Dan Hobson – launched in July.
And corporate training company Juice Learning was launched by two more former employees Matt Cleve and Claire Awty.
CragRats’ administrators Ernst and Young are still to officially announce the total debts of the failed company.
The company’s former headquarters on Dunford Road, Holmfirth are currently up for sale on the open market.