Freight forwarding firm on the move with Wilmslow relocation

Daria Banks and James Nicholson

Freight forwarding firm Banks & Lloyd is relocating its Wilmslow head office into a new site in the town.

The move is to accommodate further growth, and linked to a new way of working post-COVID.

Banks & Lloyd also has a base in Spain and provides transport solutions to keep supply chains moving – by air, sea, rail or road – working with an extensive network of global partners.

It has moved its 53-strong team into Orbit Developments’ Riverside Court after it outgrew its previous offices.

The fast growing business needed space that better reflected its ways of working and wanted to respond creatively to the new requirements of a hybrid workforce.

Deputy managing director, Daria Banks, said: “Banks & Lloyd is an agile and adaptive business – you need to be to deal with the pressures of logistics – and Riverside Court allows us to be more versatile and imaginative with space.

“It has been a blank canvas so we have been able to mould it to meet our needs. We wanted it to be a place where people felt comfortable and valued, marking a new chapter for the business.”

Key firsts include everyone being on one floor, a proper reception area, more meeting rooms, a kitchen space built into the office with a TV, private booths for quieter working, chilled space for relaxing and escaping for five minutes if needed.

The business still benefits from its Wilmslow location with easy access to London, and Manchester Airport, and close to shops, parks and other amenities.

Orbit’ leasing surveyor, James Nicholson, said Riverside Court provided a perfect solution for Banks & Lloyd: “It gave them the scope to create an agile space with more focus on collaborative and social areas to complement home working and encourage people back in.”

Riverside Court is a three-storey, stand-alone building with private on-site car parking. Access to the building is via a spacious reception area, with a passenger lift. The building further benefits from a 24-hour monitored access control system to the main entrance.

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