Whistl trumpets creation of 100 jobs with move to Bolton
Whistl, the second largest postal operator in the UK, has announced that it is to move into a new super depot in Bolton for its northern operations in late Spring, bringing 100 new jobs into the town.
The company has taken a 10-year lease on M&G Real Estate’s Logistics 225 unit at Harworth Group’s flagship Logistics North development at Over Hulton – the seventh deal at the site in the past three years, reaffirming its position as one of the North West’s major logistics and distribution locations.
The new site allows Whistl to consolidate existing operations in Leeds and Warrington on to one site that has 33% greater capacity for future expansion of its existing mail, packet and parcel and ecommerce business.
It also chose the 224,938 sq ft Grade A warehouse at Logistics North, Bolton, due to its immediate access onto Junction 4 of the M61 and, by combining two existing depots onto one site, it will be able to further improve efficiencies in its operations.
Logistics 225 and its neighbouring Logistics 175 unit was fully funded by M&G Real Estate as one of the largest property investors in the UK, with Harworth Group constructing the units on the company’s behalf.
Both units practically completed in December 2016 prior to Whistl confirming its move to the larger unit.
As part of the move Whistl will begin its recruitment campaign in the Bolton area in conjunction with Bolton Council, through its Team Bolton partnership, to recruit people to the site. Whistl has offered staff employed at the existing Leeds and Warrington depots the opportunity to work at the new site.
The move to Bolton will significantly improve the operational efficiency of Whistl as the state of the art building has four level access doors, 20 dock levellers, 50 trailer parking spaces, 31 loading positions and 222 car parking spaces.
Whistl joins Aldi, MBDA, Joy Global, Costa Coffee, Green King and Lidl as occupiers on Logistics North and it has a 550-acre country park also under construction.
The development has the backing Bolton Council, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and MIDAS – Greater Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency.
Logistics North is one of the North West’s largest live commercial developments, with outline planning consent in place for four million sq ft of commercial space.
Nick Wells, CEO Whistl, said: “The new depot will enable us to provide an excellent working environment for our colleagues as well enable us to continue providing high quality and efficient services to our customers.
“We look forward to working with Bolton Council on recruiting people to work at Whistl in the coming months.”