only is it home to one of the most famous makes of footwear in the
world: Dr Martins, but there are connections of a sporting kind
with Rushden and Diamonds Football Club.
Max Griggs is not only the owner of Dr Martins and Airwear, but
he is also the man behind the rise and rise of the local football
Diamonds and Rushden Town merged in 1992 after both teams had struggled
over previous seasons to perform.
Griggs stepped in to help finance the new club, transforming both
team and stadium in the process.
Griggs with a team of footballing youngsters.
says " It meant a lot to me for a long time football. I’ve always
had a great passion for it".
The team also holds training sessions for youngsters who enjoy learning
new football skills.
local businesswoman has help transform a company into a world beater.
Barbara Thomas used to be a lawyer and banker in New York, but now
runs Whitworth Foods.
Thomas (right) tasting a new product at Whitworth Foods.
explains "I am absolutely passionate about food. I have for my whole
life wanted to own a food company".
In 1997 Barbara took over Whitworths. The company produces around
2 million products a day at its factories in the town.