May 8, 2019
Established in 1984, the Westcoast Group remains privately held with its distributor arm, Westcoast Limited, distributing leading IT brands such as HP, HPE, Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple, and many others as well as Imaging Supplies to a broad range of resellers, retailers and office product dealers in the UK and beyond.
The Westcoast Group employs more than 1,300 people across several locations in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
The announced expansion of their operational capacity with the agreed lease of a new 340,000sqft warehouse facility is located in Andover, Hampshire, UK. 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 locations. 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 – some 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 further room to provide ever more logistics services to a wide range of customers – from retail to managed print, IT resellers to system integrators”
The company explained that this move shows a confident business in a time of great uncertainty in the UK. “New space will allow us to manage whatever Brexit throws at us 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.
A significant number of jobs will be created and fit out will commence immediately.
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