Logistics company expands by taking 23,000 sq ft site

Logistics business MW Fulfilment Services has continued its expansion by opening its first facility in Rochdale.

The company has taken a nine-year lease on a 23,000 sq ft unit in Broadfield Business Park, Heywood, which will be the base for its eCommerce division.

Founder and managing director, Mike Walls, said he has invested £200,000 in the new facility and expects to create 20 jobs, including some apprenticeships.

Rochdale Development Agency supported the company by helping identify potential properties and assisting with the move.

The entrepreneur said this was the third time he’s based a business in Rochdale following on from LED Hut and Fowler Welch.

“There’s a very good pool of people in Rochdale and that’s crucial,” he said.

“I’ve always found Rochdale Borough Council and RDA really receptive in helping with finding a suitable warehouse and recruitment.

“I describe the business as a ‘mini Amazon’. We already have 39 customers with many more to bring onboard.

“This is an exciting time for MW Fulfilment Services and we’re really pleased to be doing it and creating jobs in Rochdale.”

Walls, who is a logistics veteran with 38 years’ experience, launched MW Fulfilment Services in 2018.

He said: “The Heywood site became operational at the start of August and we’re really pleased with the way it works.

“Transport is only part of the business, but it’s a very important part and the Heywood site benefits from first class motorway connections.

“We think it’s the perfect place to meet the needs of our growing customer base.”

Rochdale is home to the largest commercial and logistics cluster in Greater Manchester, and nearly 30,000 people are employed in the sector in the town and surrounding areas.

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