The UK’s largest flooring contractor, Designer Contracts, is trebling its central distribution depot with a move to larger premises. It follows another successful 12 months for the Chesterfield-based business, which has just announced an annual turnover of £30 million – a 16% increase on the previous year. The relocation sees an increase in size from 44,000 to 109,000 square feet, with a significant increase in height, offering three times the amount of storage capacity.
Peter Kelsey, MD, said: “The new, bigger warehouse is located close to major road networks, meaning our dedicated distribution service can continue to serve our 12 UK regions quickly and even more efficiently. The extra space allows us to accommodate a second state-of-the-art cutting machine and sortation system – helping us respond to the most demanding of schedules. With business continuing to grow, especially within the housebuild, social housing and rental sectors, this move will allow us to continue to offer our customers an unrivalled selection of products – at the quickest of turnarounds.”
The unit, in Kettering, will also become the base for Designer Contracts’ South & East Midlands regional office, currently based a few miles away. Altogether, some 50 staff will work at the new facility, which is expected to be up and running by early spring 2015. The company also supplies furniture and lighting packs, a curtain and blind making service and a show home design division.