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Utopia ploughs £15m into business expansion

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Utopia’s new warehouse features 15 dock levellers, eliminating the need to unload containers outside.

Tableware and glassware supplier Utopia has moved to a new 168,000ft2 warehousing and office facility at Langham Park near Chesterfield.

This takes Utopia’s total investment in expanding its business to over £15m during the last 6 months.

The firm has seen its market share grow substantially in 2018 and the start of 2019, both at home and overseas, and so is investing to keep pace with these rapidly increasing sales.

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Kathryn Oldershaw, marketing director of Utopia, commented: “This is a great opportunity for Utopia. It allows us to increase capacity and hold more stock throughout our whole hospitality range.

“Our total number of distributors has grown rapidly during 2018 and we now have over 1,100 sales representatives promoting our products across the world. The new warehouse facility has been purpose built to accommodate our hospitality division.”

The capacity of the new warehouse is more than three times greater than Utopia’s existing premises. This allows the company to hold in excess of 30,000 pallets under one roof, preventing the double handling of goods and giving constant visibility of all stock.

With 15 dock levellers there should be no need to unload containers outside, designed to bring benefits in terms of speed, less damage to product, and a better and cleaner working environment.

The move to Langham Park facilitates Utopia’s drive to improve customer service, increasing speed of response, packaging integrity and accuracy of pick. It could also allow partner distributors to expand their businesses with the Utopia’s range of products.

Oldershaw added: “This investment brings major benefits to customers, since it helps us raise the barrier in terms of variety of products, quality, innovation and competitive pricing. It also enhances customer service in terms of stock holding and speed of deliveries.”

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