Bolton graduates' company to sponsor Bolton Wanderers

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2013

A green energy company led by University of Bolton graduates will be the new Principal Sponsor of Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC).

The University’s name will appear alongside FibrLec’s on the club’s shirts as the new green energy company was born at the University and is developing its research and inventions.

FibrLec is a new Bolton-based sustainable energy company that specialises in commercialising the University of Bolton’s innovative smart materials. The University’s Institute of Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI) and Institute for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies (IREET), are both world renowned research centres in smart materials.

The company has been set up by Managing Director, Daniel Keating, and his business partner and Bolton graduate, Director, Jamie MacGregor. Supercar manufacturer, graduate classmate of Jamie and brother of Daniel, Anthony Keating, is working with FibrLec as its Technical Director.

After discussions with the University of Bolton, BWFC decided to build on the active partnership the club already shares with the University. This lead to the University introducing BWFC to their technology partners, FibrLec.

Dr Holmes said: ‘The University is delighted to be working with FibrLec Limited to bring to market one of our world leading smart materials. When the MD told me he had agreed to become the Principal Sponsor of BWFC for the next season, and that as a result the University corporate identity would be on the new strip, I  was overwhelmed.’

As well as sponsoring BWFC, FibrLec will also be providing financial help to students on degree courses at the University. Dr Holmes added: ‘To be able to witness our own graduates forming a local company working with their university and then to see them sponsor their local football team is really satisfying. The new company will also sponsor new students through their degree courses, thereby re-investing in new intellectual property. My sincere thanks to FirbrLec.’

BWFC Chairman Phil Gartside said: ‘We are proud that our club will be working closely with a local community technology company that has grown from the University of Bolton.’

FibrLec will replace QuickQuid as the club’s new sponsor after widespread local opposition to the payday loan company’s proposed association with BWFC.

A statement from the club said: ‘The club have taken on board feedback from our fan base and following discussions between Chairman Phil Gartside and several local and national politicians, including Leader of Bolton Council Cliff Morris, will no longer be entering into a sponsorship agreement with QuickQuid.’