COS has taken on the new premises following the acquisition of three local businesses – DDC UK Ltd of Durham, Newcastle’s Alexander Office Supplies and Central Office Supplies of Darlington.
The business, which supplies a range of office services and products including stationery, design and print, IT service and support, workspace solutions and business machines, say the move is part of a five-year growth plan.
Richard Coulson, managing director at COS, said: “These latest acquisitions form part of our long-term growth strategy.
“Our aim is to cover all areas of the UK and more than double our turnover within the next five years.
“Portobello provides the ideal logistical location for our new North East headquarters, with close proximity to the A1 ensuring fast and efficient delivery to customers.”
Portobello Trade Park, which is located on a 6.5 acre site immediately adjacent to the A1(M) at Birtley, comprises 15 high quality, light industrial units specifically for SME’s, ranging in size from 195sqm (2,100sqft) to 2,137sqm (23,000sqft).
This is the fourth letting at the trade park since completion last October bringing occupancy levels up to 40%, The Bathroom Cladding Shop, Excel RAC Ltd & Polar Front Ltd have also moved into the new estate.
The office supplies company has signed a 20 year lease on a 20,000 sq ft unit, the largest unit on the £7m trade park.