Gardman to relocate warehouse facility

Gardening and wild bird care products provider Garman has announced that following a 12 month review of its current operations it has taken the decision to consolidate and relocate its warehouse facilities in the Kings Lynn area to a single, purpose built site in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

The current warehouse facilities are described as ‘ageing, inefficient to run and do 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, Garman notes. A Daventry location will enable the company to work more efficiently due to being based closer to its customers.

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

As a consequence of this decision Gardman adds that 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.

Gardman chief executive Peter Utting commented: “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.”