A food hamper specialist company has expanded into a 11,000 sq ft warehouse in Lincoln, which will create new job opportunities.
The British Hamper Company, which is headed by directors James Tod and his parents Mike and Liz, has been based at North Carlton since the business was stablished in 2014.
A growing following worldwide has prompted the latest move into the warehousing on Great Northern Terrace.
The property includes ample storage, packing and despatch space, a large yard area for delivery vehicles/parking and two-storey office accommodation.
The company will also continue to work out of its rural offices.
The expansion move promises to drive turnover past the £1.2 million mark. The firm, which produces about 80 different hamper combinations, is also looking to introduce new lines to the market.
Managing Director James Tod said: “It was my familiy’s shared enthusiasm for great food, British individuality and a love of gift-giving which inspired us to start the company, which operates as an e-commerce operation.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed growing our sales over the last few years. Being given the opportunity to expand into our new site, will put us on track to grow by 20 per cent over the next year to achieve our targeted turnover of £1.2 million.
“Our team currently comprises a team of five people, in addition to the Directors. However, we get so busy in the run-up to Christmas, when that number rises to 25. We also tend to need more people in the run-up to special dates in the calendar, such as Mother’s Day.
“We are also very happy to talk to businesses who are potentially interested in exploring our range of hampers to give as corporate gifts, with my sister Alice, heading up the corporate sales side of the business.”
The warehousing was leased to the business by Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co.
Banks Long & Co Director William Wall said: “We are delighted to have leased the Great Northern Terrace unit – which marks the latest successful deal completed for landlord Lincoln Polythene Holdings Managing Director Ashley Hobson.
“The British Hamper Company is an exciting business and this site will give its owners plenty of room to meet their current growth plans and future strategy. We wish the Directors the very best for the future.”
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