Smart Garden £18m hub opens

The Peterborough warehouse of Smart Garden Products will create up to 25 jobs as the business plans growth from £40m to £100m a year by 2023.

The Eureka Building,was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough Councillor John Fox and Judy Fox and the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough Coun Chris Ash and Doreen Roberts.

Company chairman Paris Natar said: "Within the hub we will build 16,000sq ft of offices and a trade-only showroom. This should be completed by February 2018. Since 2013, we have expanded the business four-fold to sales of almost £40 million hence the desire and confidence in investing in and building our own tailor-made logistics hub, The Eureka Building, to provide much needed capacity for further growth. We hope to exceed sales of £100 million within five years of opening The Eureka."

Smart Garden Products employs 65 staff in the UK, France and China.

Natar, who sold Gardman for £85m in 2007, acquired a majority stake in Smart Solar in 2013, expanding ranges into garden products such as hanging baskets and wild bird care, which now account for 40 per cent of sales.

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