What More UK was established in 1999 by Burnley businessman Andy Holt. The business launched with 15 products, mainly plastic garden items, and turned over £4.5million in its ﬁrst year. It has gone on to become a major employer in the borough of Hyndburn, employing 350 across two sites and exporting around the world.
What More are also loyal supporters of Accrington Stanley FC, with owner Andy Holt having invested heavily in the club at the start of their historic 2015/16 season. As Chairman, Andy Holt also led the refurbishment of the Wham Stadium – sponsored by What More UK’s leading brand – which began in 2015, and has continued to invest in and develop the club and ground, recently opening a £2.5m hospitality suite designed for use all year round by the local community.
Last week, due to his positive impact on the local community, Andy Holt was granted the honour of being awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, by Hyndburn Borough Council at its annual council meeting.
Mr Holt said: “I am really pleased as sometimes running a football club can be a thankless task. It’s nice that this is appreciated. I am honoured the council has chosen to do this.”
What More Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, added: “We have worked together for many years and I’m delighted Andy has been given such an honour for his work, which has a huge impact on the local community. If anyone deserves this accolade it’s Andy. He’s done so much to put Hyndburn on the map. The company, the football club and all the support he gives the Borough in general!”
What More UK manufactures storage boxes and housewares of all kinds under the Wham brand including bakeware, around-the-sink items, products for the home laundry, utility room, and items for the garden like planters and troughs. What More’s products are all made in East Lancashire and are sold in 76 countries around the world.