East Trans invests £1.6m to keep up with online growth

Managing Director Paul Hickling in front of the new 40,000 sq ft warehouse with East Trans colleagues and partners who have supported the investment

East Trans invests £1.6m to keep up with online growth

Fast-growing logistics operator East Trans has invested £1.6m in a new warehousing facility to capitalise on the rapid growth in online transactions.

East Trans, one of the Humber’s leading integrated logistics suppliers, has invested in the 40,000 sq ft warehouse, enabling the business to win a major new contract

This significant new contract is with a leading medical supplies company requiring secure, high-quality warehousing and reliable distribution across the UK.

It is East Trans’ first move into “pick and pack” logistics, a growing market driven by the speed and convenience of online purchasing.

The new warehouse has a reinforced floor, offers flexibility of use, and is built to food grade standards.

It will also offer full fibre connectivity allowing customers remote access to multi-camera, high-definition CCTV feeds and real-time stock control data.

The investment means East Trans can now offer customers a total of 200,000 sq ft of newly-built or recently refurbished warehousing over nine acres at Stallingborough, North East Lincolnshire.

The site is close to the Humber ports and within an area with a strong manufacturing base, with 75% of the UK’s manufacturers, importers and exporters within four hours’ drive time.

Managing Director Paul Hickling said: “This is a major, long-term investment for the business.

“It enhances our ability to serve existing and new customers requiring reliable, secure and cost-effective logistics and underpins our position as the leading company in the Humber region for high-class warehousing.”

The business was acquired 11 years ago from Icelandic-owned international transportation company Eimskip, which remains an important customer of the company.

Since then, East Trans has grown from having a dozen vehicles and turnover of £1m to operating more than 100 HGVs and over 160 trailers, with annual revenues of £18m.

The new warehouse is the latest investment in a long-term development programme at the Stallingborough site.

 “Although the Humber is an important hub for logistics, there is very limited availability of high-class, modern storage facilities such as this around the estuary,” Paul continued.

“Our expanded storage capacity has already paid dividends by enabling us to provide a pick and pack service to a major new customer, supported by full fibre connectivity across our site which gives the client 24/7 visibility and instant stock information.”

The investment has been backed by NatWest Bank.

Senior Relationship Manager Nick Spencer, said: “We have been delighted to support the team at East Trans with the opening of their new warehouse.

“The business continues to go from strength to strength and the new facility will provide East Trans with the space needed to expand further.”

The investment was also supported by a £136,000 Local Growth Fund grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, via North East Lincolnshire Council.

Maggie Campbell, Lead Investment Officer, Economy and Growth, at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “It’s always good to see a local company growing, taking advantage of available grant funding and creating jobs.”