Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment is relocating its base of operations from Kitts Green in Birmingham to Chantry House in the nearby town of Coleshill.
The Warwickshire stately building is close to the M42 corridor and includes 2 acres of grounds, while Phoenix’s space itself now features a meeting room, a facility not available at the company’s previous premises.
The dealer’s accounts manager, Carolyne Meadows, told Catering Insight: “We are very much looking forward to this move as we have outgrown where we are. It is still local for our staff and also a slightly shorter journey for me and Wayne [her husband and company director].
“We have a lovely meeting room where we are looking forward to welcoming our customers and suppliers and we can promote manufacturers’ equipment within the space available. We will also be encouraging health and wellbeing as we have a rest room available that has various facilities available to all.
“We could have easily set staff up from home, saving us money, but I feel this isn’t the way forward as both my staff and I admit that we are more productive at the workplace, plus we enjoy being with people.”
Prior to this, Phoenix has been in rented offices since 2007, which Meadows reported had served the company well, as the directors and administrative staff live locally.
She revealed: “However both Wayne and I relocated out of Birmingham last year and we were faced with an impact in our personal circumstances, making it difficult for me to attend the office as much as I needed to.
“Phoenix was due to move to its own premises March 2020 due to outgrowing where we are, and we wanted to provide stability for a growing business. The Covid pandemic stopped us from the final commitment, which caused a loss in money and meant we stayed where we were.
“Just as we were getting back to business in May 2021 we were served 3 months’ notice on our offices, so this made us start the look out again. While we have been unable to find a suitable purchase at the moment, as we require space for workshops and offices, we have secured these beautiful offices, with the stores and workshops staying where they are on a temporary basis.”
Phoenix may use the current move as a stepping stone to bigger things, as the company still aims to grow further.