Ice rink ready for a new era

The Sub Zero ice rink
The Sub Zero ice rink
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IT is business as usual at a Fylde coast ice rink say bosses after a legal battle which almost brought the company to its knees.

Greig Appleby, managing director at the Sub Zero rink in Cleveleys, said the problems led to him and business partner Kenny Hanson having to put the parent company Sub Zero Leisure Ltd into voluntary liquidation.

But they are not quite out of the woods yet as he said they still face a legal battle to retain use of the Sub Zero name.

They may also face fresh competition from a new rink proposed for the former TVR factory in Bispham.

Greig said they have now formed Sub Zero Cleveleys Ltd to take the ice rink on into 2013 and are poised to recruit five new members of staff in the next few weeks.

They have also taken on former British Olympic skater Joanne Conway, who was a six-time British champion and competed in two Winter Olympics, to handle the coaching lessons.

Greig said: “It has been a bit of a nightmare actually. We have had this long-standing legal battle, with some people who had a financial connection to Sub Zero, which was damaging the business.

“But we are a lot better now and are looking forward to some exciting things coming up this year.

“It really caused us a lot of problems, the arena atmosphere was awful at the time but we are moving on.

“We have got Joanne Conway in to run the coaching and we are going from strength to strength.”

He said the rink employs 14 people but they are looking for five new members of staff for various roles.

The complex includes a cafe and shop plus a function suite.

“We have a new skating academy and our ice hockey team are going well in the middle of their season.