A WIRRAL company founded by well-known businessman and football investor Peter Johnson has this week moved almost 250 employees in its core business over the river to a new base in Liverpool. 

Park Group - which began life as Park Foods Christmas hampers in 1966 - has moved most of its its staff and 15 contractors from Valley Road, Birkenhead, to new offices at Chapel Street in the city.

Although the core staff will move to Liverpool, Park says it "will maintain its roots" and presence in Birkenhead with its distribution of gift cards and hamper operations remaining at Valley Road.  

Chief executive Ian O’Doherty said: “This relocation is a key step in the evolution of Park Group and a time of great joy for us all.

"As a business we have an incredible platform and legacy on which to build and we also have some innovative and exciting plans for the future, which we’ll be announcing soon."

Mr Johnson, the former owner of Everton and Tranmere Rovers football clubs, retired as Park's non-executive chairman in 2016.