The first spade in the ground has signalled the start of expansion at ESPO’s warehouse and head office.
The 26,000 square foot extension to the site will double the company’s current storage capacity – enabling more stock, quicker turnarounds and reduced lead times for customers in the UK and across the world.
A ground breaking ceremony marked the beginning of the project, designed by architects IMA.
Work by contractors Galliford Try is expected to take a year and will also offer apprenticeships, on-site training and work experience opportunities for local people to benefit from the expansion.
Employing more than 400 people and offering school supplies and procurement services across the UK, ESPO has operated from its current location at Grove Park in Enderby since 2006.
ESPO is a partnership consortium of five councils and has enjoyed sustained growth over the last decade. It is now looking to build for the future as part of its growth strategy.
With returning and new customers and its package to support multi academy trusts the Enderby base has quickly reached capacity, deciding now is the time to expand and capitalise on its market strength.
Kristian Smith, Chief Officer at ESPO, said: “This is an
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