Gardman says warehouse move to Daventry will bring it closer to customers

After a 12 month review of its current operations Gardman is to consolidate and relocate its warehouse facilities in the Kings Lynn area to a single, purpose-built site in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Gardman chief executive Pete Utting
Gardman chief executive Pete Utting

Gardman said its current warehouse facilities were "ageing, inefficient to run and did not have the capacity to support the current business needs nor accommodate the future growth aspirations of the business".

The review considered various options which included new warehousing within the Kings Lynn area but was unable to identify suitable alternative sites. A Daventry location will enable Gardman to work more efficiently due to being based closer to its customers, said Gardman.

The new facility is due to be handed over in Q3 2017 and will be fully operational by end of the year.

The head office facility will remain in Peterborough.

Gardman said: "As a consequence of this decision regrettably all positions based at all warehousing locations will be at risk of redundancy. However there will be opportunities for employees to relocate to the new facility or be considered for any vacant roles within the Peterborough Head Office."

Chief executive Peter Utting said: "In the current market of increasing customer demands we continually re-evaluate our supply chain and service proposition. Therefore, we have taken the decision to relocate our warehouse operations to a purpose built, centrally based, environmentally friendly site.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and is obviously an unsettling time for those affected. The Kings Lynn team have consistently shown their dedication and commitment and we will support all affected employees through the transition."


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