Spalding food chain depot gets £2m boost

A Spalding depot is to receive a £2 million investment as it looks to expand.

Food supply chain specialists Fowler Welch is improving its West Marsh Road base where 550 people work.

The substantial investment includes refurbishment of two stores in the site, the conversion of a derelict brownfield site into an 8,800m² hard standing to park up to 100 trailers, a car park extension and staff welfare facility.

Works are already under way and full completion of all development is scheduled for the spring.

The refurbishment of the warehouse includes the extension of racking and consolidation capacity with new walls, ceilings and the installation of a one-piece floor.

The welfare facility is being created following a staff survey.

The space has been designed to offer members of staff from all areas of the business a space for rest and relaxation during break periods.

The space is also set to offer changing rooms for those employees who take advantage for the cycle to work scheme; pool tables, a fully equipped rest area and sofas to offer employees a communal area to relax during the workday.

Nick Hay, chief executive officer, of Fowler Welch says: “During a time of growth which has seen the company increase turnover by 13 per cent to £163 million in the last financial year, and win prestigious contracts with companies such as Winterbotham Darby and Heck, this investment is the latest sign that Fowler Welch is going from strength-to-strength and is continuing to move forward as a leader in the market.

“The development of the new welfare building is another investment in our employees, many who have been with the Fowler Welch family for many years. We have listened to suggestions from across the depot of how to improve, responded accordingly and will deliver a modern and well-equipped area to take a load off and catch up with colleagues,” he added.

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