A FIRM established in West Devon almost 25 years ago and known around the world is moving to West London following the retirement of its two largest shareholders. The move has meant the loss of seven of the eight jobs at Rhino Rugby in Tavistock, but the business is ?going out of its way? to look after those who were being made redundant, said shareholder Reg Clark this week. Mr Clark, who has been the second largest shareholder for the last 18 years has put together a consortium including ex-England rugby captain Martin Johnson to take over the firm, which will now be based near Mr Clark?s home in Chiswick. From the Westbridge Industrial Estate, Rhino Rugby has been supplying training equipment such as scrummaging machines and pads to England Rugby, Cardiff RFC and Bath Rugby. It also supplies top quality rugby equipment to clubs, schools, universities and individuals throughout the world. There are now plans to extend into branded sportswear. Derek de Glanville, who lives in Tavistock, and Heather Quest are retiring as the main shareholders in the business. Mr de Glanville?s son, Phil, a former England rugby captain, was also a shareholder. Mr Clark said: ?With Derek living in Tavistock it made sense to have the business here, but it is now moving to West London because that is where I live. ?We have been in Tavistock a long time and some of the employees have been here a long time as well. They are unfortunately being made redundant but we are looking after them very well.? He said it was nice that as one England rugby captain was going from the firm another was coming on board.
A new home for Rhino Rugby
Thursday 2nd November 2006 12:00 am