Global logistics firm invests in Birmingham

Global logistics firm invests in Birmingham

A global logistics firm is investing £6m into a new state-of-the-art global distribution hub in Birmingham creating 140 jobs.

One World Express is opening its new hub in Birmingham having acquired the 100 year lease on a new site at Woodgate Business Park for £3m.

The firm has already created 60 roles in logistics, sales, marketing and customer service and is hoping to employ 80 more staff over the next three years.

The new site comprises a warehouse and office space. Its total investment in the city – including the refurbishment of the new site – is expected to reach £6m. 

Headquartered in Hayes, Greater London, its new site in Birmingham is the first UK investment the company has made outside London.

Managing director Atul Bhakta, said: “Birmingham’s central location and international connections – with Birmingham Airport offering direct links to our key markets – provide us with the ideal platform for further expansion.

“Although our new site in Birmingham will become a central logistical hub for One World Express, we are also employing a large number of people in customer services.

“It is a key priority that all of our clients are happy with our service. We have already been able to recruit a number of people, who are energetic and keen to learn, here in Birmingham and are hoping to appoint even more.”

Birmingham City Council, which owns Woodgate Business Park, has assisted One World Express with local recruitment through its Employment and Skills Service.

Cllr John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It is great news that One World Express has chosen Birmingham as its first UK base outside London, demonstrating how competitive it has become as a business location.

“By moving to an area of Birmingham that is outside the city centre, the firm will also help to spread local employment opportunities more widely across the city.

“Attracting new investors is critical to Birmingham’s economic regeneration by providing the local workforce with new training and career prospects.

“The hard work of our Employment and Skills Service has helped One World Express to push ahead with its recruitment programme, ensuring it is employing the best talent possible.”

One World Express was founded as a courier service in 1998, targeting the African market. It has since evolved into a specialist e-commerce and software provider for companies and consumers across the world.

The trend for shopping on websites such as eBay has boosted significant levels of trading with China, now the company’s main market.

One World Express set up an office in China in 2014 to deal with growing consumer demand, and also has a base in the USA.