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PORTMEIRION POTTERIES RELOCATE DISTRIBUTION TO TRENTHAM LAKES

Portmeirion Potteries has just taken possession of its new 64,000 sq ft warehouse building on the 400-acre Trentham Lakes development, Stoke-on-Trent, and plans to have its relocated distribution facilities fully operational early next year.

Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd, the joint venture between St Modwen Properties PLC and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, developed the prominently positioned 12-metre high  warehouse which has been specifically designed  to accommodate state-of-the-art handling equipment for Portmeirion’s warehousing and distribution operation.

The warehouse, on Stanley Matthews Way, is replacing two existing warehouse sites in Stoke and is part of the company’s modernisation programme.

“Portmeirion’s decision to relocate its distribuition facilities to Trentham Lakes is excellent news for Stoke,” said Euan Lindsay of Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration. “Trentham Lakes offers companies excellent access to the A50 and the motorway network, availability of labour and bespoke buildings. All these contribute to safeguarding jobs for the city as well as attracting new jobs, both for existing Stoke-based companies and new companies to the area.”

He added: “It is very pleasing to be able to enable a locally-based company to move forward with its modernisation  whilst retaining its operations within Stoke. The needs of locally-based companies are equally as important as securing inward investment from new companies.”

Arthur Ralley, Portmeirion group chairman, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to maintain our warehouse and distribution centre in Stoke. The investment in this new facility will enable the company to offer the highest possible levels of service to our retail customers, both in the UK and overseas. It is an important part of the modernisation and re-positioning of Portmeirion Group PLC.”

For further information contact Euan Lindsay  (01782 281844). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).