British broadliner Westcoast has expanded its operational capacity with the lease of a new 31,600sqm warehouse facility in Andover, Hampshire.
The facility is due to become operational this year and will effectively double Westcoast’s UK warehouse space with capability to store over 60,000 pallets. The new warehouse will add to existing facilities in Theale, Berkshire; Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; Wilford, Nottinghamshire and St.Albans, Hertfordshire.
“This new facility demonstrates the level of confidence the Board has in the business and its future growth in the UK as well as in exports, expansion businesses and services – many of which will be based in Andover”, commented Alex Tatham, Westcoast’s Managing Director.
Andy Newberry, Westcoast’s Operations Director, added: “this new space will ensure our fast-growing business will not be constrained by capacity, as well as provide some consolidation of third-party warehouses. In addition, it will give the business some much needed room to provide ever more logistics services to a wide range of customers – from retail to managed print, IT resellers to system integrators.”
The move shows a confident business at a time of great uncertainty for business with Brexit looming large. “New space will allow us to manage the vagaries of Brexit as well as build new services for some of the world’s greatest technology vendors and customers. It is an expansion plan that shows our industry, and the whole country, that one of its greatest success stories is still investing locally and confident in its future place in the UK”, said Alex.
Over 100 jobs will be created and the fit out will commence immediately.