Samuel Grant Packaging has celebrated the opening of its operations centre and new warehouse in the Leeds City Enterprise Zone. Staff past and present were on hand to guide visitors through tours of the new facility during an open day.
Guests included representatives form Leeds City Council, planning consultants Garbutt & Elliott, commercial property agents Knight Frank, Shulmans Solicitors and RBS which funded the bespoke build, as well as new neighbours Roberts Mart and Symingtons.
The company’s brand new, purpose built facility is on the Thornes Farm industrial estate, part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone. It features 50,000 sq ft of warehousing space with 10 metre high racking and laser guided forklift trucks. Located just minutes to the motorway network, it provides the 124-year-old firm with solid foundations for future growth.
Samuel Grant Group Ltd was established in 1891 by Samuel Grant. The business has remained in the family and is now run by great grandsons, Andrew and Matthew Grant. The company offers a full packaging consultancy service to clients, from sourcing products to contract packing. Their focus is ensuring that clients get the right services in the most cost effective way.
The investment in new premises will allow the company to develop key areas of business and to continue to be at the forefront of providing innovative packaging solutions.
“It was a fabulous occasion, and great that so many of our past and present staff were able to mingle with those who have driven this project and enabled the continued growth of our business,” said Matthew Grant, Joint Managing Director.
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said: “We are very pleased to see this new warehouse open in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, which will help Samuel Grant Packaging grow and develop in the years to come, providing a boost to the local economy and creating new jobs.”
The growing Trade Counter will be part of a new Innovation Centre, which will profile the latest products and technology, as well as conducting regular machine demonstrations.
Enterprise zone powers jobs and business growth
Located on the Thornes Farm industrial estate, one of four sites that make up the 142 hectare enterprise zone, the new Samuel Grant facility is the latest in a series of developments to be completed since building work started in earnest there just 12 months ago.
Muse Developments recently completed work on the first 80,000 sq ft unit at its 110-acre Logic Leeds manufacturing and distribution park. The building is the largest speculative development in the regional industrial market for over five years.
Muse has also struck a deal to build a 50,000 sq ft customer delivery hub for the John Lewis Partnership, servicing orders from the retailer’s store in York and the flagship store opening in Leeds next September.
At the end of July, Wilton Developments finished work on its £5 million Connex 45 development, also at Thornes Farm, with the first 50,000 sq ft building already let to FedEx and strong interest reported on the second 30,000 sq ft unit.
The Samuel Grant facility at Thornes Farm is one of three industrial units built by CDP Ltd and brings the total employment space completed in the Leeds City Region Enteprise Zone over the last 12 months to 260,000 sq ft, with a further 50,000 sq ft of development in the pipeline. Gregory Properties has also submitted a planning application for a new 40,000 sq ft unit at Link45 on land at Thornes Farm.
At Newmarket Lane, the £160 million Veolia recycling and energy recovery facility is approaching completion, while an £8 million infrastructure and site preparation programme is underway at Temple Green, the largest of the four sites within the enterprise zone. The site has capacity for up to 2.6 million sq ft of employment space and will include a 1,000 space park and ride facility.
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said: “The Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone is now starting to deliver exactly what it was created for in terms of supporting businesses, creating jobs and significantly boosting the local and regional economy.
“As a council we are very pleased to be supporting business growth in this way, and look forward to seeing more new jobs being created for local people in Leeds to benefit from.”