Lindens Health & Nutrition Limited, which grew out of Ossett Herbal Stores on Market Place in the town centre, aims to grow annual turnover from £1.5m to £3m over the next 3 years, and identified its online market as an area for growth.
Lindens' managing director, Beverley Denton, said: "Our expansion takes us to 3,000 sq ft and allows us to double our business. It’s a huge step forward for us. Lack of space has hampered our operations for the last year or so, but we were keen to stay in Ossett. It's where we started our business in 2007. The town has been good to us."
With nine members of staff who all live in and around Ossett, the news has been welcomed by the Lindens team, and plans are already underway to increase staff numbers to 12 over the next 2 years.
Denton said: "We started developing the ‘Lindens’ brand of health supplements in 2010, we moved to Milner Way in 2013, fitted out our factory with the latest machinery and invested in IT systems that allowed us to fulfil online customer orders in quick time. But premises, machinery and technology aside, our growth would not have been possible without the talented people we are lucky to employ."
Lindens is also now increasing its marketing investment – prioritising a new e-commerce website and strong social media presence –and pursuing new opportunities across the UK and Europe to grow the brand.
Denton said: "Selling online enabled our company to not only survive hard times on the high street during the recession, but also to expand. France and Germany are massive markets for us, but there’s also plenty of potential to grow in the UK if we can raise our brand profile.
"With our factory and warehouse expansion now in place, marketing and promotion will be our focus for the immediate future."
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