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" A Congleton business that plays a major role in worldwide sporting events has moved to a bigger site in the town so it can expand.

HS Sports has been based in Congleton for over 30 years, and recently moved from it's premises on Radnor Park to Eaton Bank Trading Estate.  The new site officially opened on Wednesday and was attended by a manager from parent company Seiko who came all the way from Japan.

The company, which employs 15 people provides clocks, timing equipment and results for sporting events including the first London Marathon, Olympic Games and the Great Run series.

Recently, they had a team of 40 staff in Daegu, South Korea for the timing of the International Association of Athletics Federation's World Athletics Championshops, and anyone who watches equestrian events on TV will ve used to seeing their clocks.

The family-run business is headed by Managing Director Anthony Smith, son of one of the co-founders.  Supported now by his two sons Paul and Graham, they are working hard to maintain growth in the world of sports timing services.

Sales and Marketing Manager Paul Smith said: "We had outgrown our facility at the old unit, so moving here gives us the opportunity to develop and expand further.  We have already recruited one new position, with a couple more currently in the pipeline, and we aim to continue to do so in the years ahead and hopefully bring more jobs and commercial success in the area in which we all live as well as work."

HS Sports is part owned by Seiko Holdings Corporation, the global Japanese company responsible for Seiko watches.  The long-term contract with the IAAF sees the Seiko and HS Sports teams travelling all around the world providing staff and technology for the timing services at all Seiko athletic events.  The partnership brought senior staff from Japan and the UK to Congleton on Wednesday (18th) to help officially open the new building in a ceremony including the General Manager of the sports timing department of Seiko Sports Life Co."