Friday, October 23, 2015

News: Pricecheck on Beighton Link

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Award-winning Sheffield firm, Pricecheck Toiletries could put its expansion plans into action from new premises at Beighton Link Business Park in Rotherham, as it gets set to boost staff numbers to 150.

Founded in Sheffield in 1978, the firm supplies value retailers and pharmacies in Europe, Asia and Australasia. Its wide range of branded toiletries, fragrances and household goods includes Gillette, Clearasil and Airwick.

It won the Queen's Award for International Trade 2015 for continuous and cumulative overseas export earnings growth of 283% over six years, from £3m in 2009, to £12m in 2014.

Moving to 100,000 sq ft premises at Brightside Lane in 2001, the company's success has translated into more jobs for the local area, with staff numbers increasing from 32 to 71. Local suppliers and haulage firms have also benefitted from the growth.

Now a planning application has been submitted that would enable Pricecheck to take on the 113,000 sq ft state of the art building at Beighton Link, just over the border in Rotherham.

The building was previously Sandvik's European Centre of Excellence (SECoE), a £4m facility that opened in 2010 and brought together all the finish processing and supply management activities for the production of medical products from Sandvik's Sheffield facilities. The site was acquired by American contract medical design and manufacturing firm, Orchid, in 2012.

The property has been marketed by Deloitte.

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After winning the Queen's Award, Priceheck said that moving to new premises would facilitate further growth. The firm said: "The new premises will allow us to double our turnover from £40m to an anticipated £80m, and increase staff numbers to 150 over a five year period. Winning the Queen's Award will enhance our reputation worldwide and will help us to achieve our ambitious growth plans."

If approved, the plans would see a change of use of the existing building from B1 light industry to B8 storage and distribution.

Pricecheck hope to be in new premises by January 2016 and add that it will "provide the perfect platform for our planned growth, additional product categories and increased staff numbers."

Brother-and-sister team Mark Lythe and Deborah Harrison, now run the firm founded by their parents.

Pricecheck is a Youth Friendly Employer and works closely with the Sheffield Universities, employing placement students and graduates.

Pricecheck Toiletries website

Images: Deloitte

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