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Hixon businessman's Manchester United contract brings mow money

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

TRIM. . . Joe Pemberton (right), the head groundsman at Manchester United’s training ground, receives the new mowers from Leigh Bowers of Allett.

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KEEPING the Old Trafford turf in prime condition is all in a day’s work for a Stafford firm.

Allett Mowers, based in Hixon, has just delivered a new batch of nine state-of-the-art cylinder mowers to Manchester United FC to help maintain not only the Premier League pitch, but also more than 20 training fields.

It’s the latest piece of business for a company which is cutting a swathe through the the sporting world, supplying high quality machines to some of the country’s top teams.

“We also supply machines to test match venues like Lords and Edgbaston,” says sales director Leigh Bowers.

“And you can imagine the standards of mowing that are required for a test wicket.”

Allett Mowers, which employs 23 local people, has been in business since 1965.

They have developed a world-class reputation for building high quality mowers which are used across the globe.

They also supply mowers to royal establishments, including Windsor Castle, the Highgrove estate and Balmoral.

Leigh, who has been with the business for 15 years, is particularly excited about 2014 - and the World Cup in Brazil.

“Last year we supplied machines to ten sites in Poland for the European Nations competition,” says Leigh.

“And this year we are supplying mowers for the World Cup in Brazil.”

While the firm’s range of professional cylinder mowers is aimed at major sporting venues, it also sells its goods locally - Stafford Bowls Club use Allett Mowers, for example.

“The mowers are designed to cut, like scissors, in a very precise way,” says Leigh. “That’s why our machines are used at places like Lords, where it is so important that wickets are cut properly.”

Allett Mowers also supplys the royal households of Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern states.

“Exports are a very important part of our business,” he says.

“They can account for 50 per cent of our trade.”

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