Storage solutions business moves office and constructs new warehouse
An office move and warehouse investment is helping a racking supplier mark 30 years in business.
Filstorage, based near Howden in East Yorkshire, was founded by current managing director Paul Taylor in 1993.
The warehouse design, fitout and racking specialist has moved offices from a former residential house in Eastrington to The Old Stables, a renovated office building in the same village.
The business has also invested £1.5m in a new warehouse development at Spaldington, designed to streamline its distribution processes.
Paul Taylor said the two moves would bring major efficiencies to every aspect of the business.
He said: “Filstorage started life selling plastic-coated, wire-framed baskets to builders merchants. That was our core market.
“But as we became more established, merchants started asking us for other storage solutions such as shop shelving, and then eventually racking, so we moved organically into these areas.
“Unsurprisingly, as the stock we held got larger, we ran out of warehouse space so we needed to increase our own storage facilities.
“Alongside this, staffing numbers increased as the business expanded, to the point we outgrew our offices and needed relocate into a larger, more modern space.”
Taylor added that finding office space which was convenient for everyone in the business had been a challenge until The Old Stables – a former agricultural building converted to modern offices – became available.
The new office benefits from on-site parking as well as an open-plan design and breakout rooms for collaborative working.
Finding quality warehousing in the area was even harder, Taylor said, which led him to decide to build a bespoke solution.
The new facilities replace Filstorage’s former warehousing – a series of old, ramshackle stone barns in Spaldington – with a new, 1,800sqft facility on the same site.
Taylor said: “The new facilities are world class compared to our former warehouse.
“It has been built with sustainability in mind with all the concrete from the foundations of the old buildings being crushed up and reused in the foundations of the new build.
“We also added a lot of skylights to let natural light in, meaning we will only need to use artificial lighting on winter mornings and afternoons.
“It has also improved health & safety for our warehouse staff. HGV access is much better and manoeuvrability inside the warehouse is much improved, which takes a lot of the risk out of manual handling.
“The new warehouse is a fantastic facility that makes our distribution processes far more efficient, while ensuring our staff are as safe as we can make them.”