Business lends helping hand

Elite Fitness in Great George St, Wigan, is set to open new premises for Elite Fitness Kidzone
Elite Fitness in Great George St, Wigan, is set to open new premises for Elite Fitness Kidzone
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A WIGAN business boss has offered to help out staff and customers of a nearby firm that closed unexpectedly in December.

Andy Dee, manager of family gym Elite Fitness, will open Kidzone on the site of the former Rumble Tumble play centre on Great George Street.

As reported in the Evening Post, that business did not re-open having closed for the Christmas break and staff claim they have been left in the dark regarding unpaid wages.

And some families reported being left out of pocket having put down cash deposits for parties in 2014.

But Andy, along with directors Alison Reeve and Debra Williams, has decided to make a kind offer.

Andy said: “We have been made aware of the situation with that business and we would like to invite any previous members of staff the opportunity to submit their CVs to us.

“Also, we would like to offer our expert party planning services to any disgruntled parents that have been left out of pocket (by party deposits).

“But we would like to stress that Kidzone is in no way associated with the previous owners.”

Staff of Rumble Tumble were notified over the Christmas break that the company would not reopen for the new year.

But attempts to contact company directors regarding wages and redundancy pay issues have not received any reply.

The firm is still listed as active on the Government’s business listing Companies House website and its accounts show it was operating with a deficit of £83,000.

Kidzone will feature one of the borough’s largest multi-sensory rooms after a £20,000 refurbishment of the site’s facilities, providing “fun and fitness for all the family”, Andy said.

Former staff or families who had made deposits at Rumble Tumble are invited to contact Kidzone or Elite Fitness on Great George Street or email for more information.

The Kidszone site is due to open in early April.