The new development will provide 26,000sqft of extra distribution space and operate as a link between their existing buildings 5 (110,000sqft) and 6 (95,000sqft). The organisation currently runs manufacturing, distribution and office space extending over 500,000sqft across its two sites, Altham and Shuttleworth Mead.
This announcement comes on the back of record turnover in 2019, and very positive business results since January of this year continuing right through the current health crisis, culminating in May 2020 having the best sales in its 21-year history.
Company director Tony Grimshaw OBE: “The manufacturing sector in Lancashire, and the whole of the UK, is ready, willing and able to supply the country’s retailers in June when they are finally allowed to re-open. Britain is ready to get back to business and we are proud to be setting the example.”
“This project, and others like it, are great for the morale of our 300 colleagues. Whichever way you look at it, manufacturing is still vital to the UK economy and it shows that the UK is a country that makes things and gets the job done.”
In January, What More invested in state-of-the-art bakeware machines just in time to support the country throughout lock down. The firm says they have plenty of capacity left to satisfy the UK’s retailers and their many distribution partners overseas.
Since its beginnings in 1999 What More UK has become one of the country’s most respected and reputable manufacturing firms. From its facility in Lancashire, the company flies the flag for Made of Britain around the country and overseas. What More UK exports its British brand to 73 countries around the world.
They also operate a thriving apprenticeship scheme, a school engagement programme, sponsorship of local sports clubs, and many charitable activities in the community which go unreported.
What More UK has reported high demand for all of its products which includes housewares of all varieties, bakeware, and gardenware – a great deal of which are made from recycled single use plastics.