Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Long Established Freight Forwarding and Shipping Agency Group Plans a Greener Future

Expansion Prompts a New Move for John Good
Shipping News Feature

UK – The secret to longevity in business is to move with the times and now the John Good Group, which can trace its history back over 180 years of shipping agency management and freight forwarding, is to relocate from its home of twelve years at Maritime House, Kingston Street, Hull, to a bespoke 8,600 square foot office complex on the new Bridgehead business park and, in doing so, fulfil a very modern commitment to extend its green credentials.

The move to Bridgehead, a business park designed and built by leading commercial developer the Wykeland Group, means that John Good can retain its link with the City of Hull even though the company now has extended operations from sixteen sites across the UK, including Immingham, Manchester, Tilbury, Felixstowe, Leeds, London and The Tyne, as well as international bases in Izmir, Istanbul and Shanghai.

Bridgehead is located between the northern approach roads to the Humber Bridge and employs the latest in renewable energy technology but the developers have worked together with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to enhance and protect local wildlife through a combined biodiversity, landscape and drainage strategy. This means the site is home to 8,000 new shrubs and hedgerows, 4,500 herbs and bulbs and more than 200 new trees which enhance and supplement the existing natural landscape.

Work started on the new office last month and is expected to be finished by November this year and the John Good Group intends to relocate to Bridgehead over the Christmas period to kick off the New Year in its new head office. Managing Director, Alan Platt commented:

“As the John Good Group has expanded over recent years we have outgrown our head office at Maritime House and so needed to find somewhere new. Bridgehead is the perfect location because not only does it mean we are closer to the motorway network and Humberside Airport, we are still within easy reach of the Humber’s port complex.

“Working closely with Wykeland Group means we have been able to design an office that precisely meets our needs. It comfortably accommodates our current team but also means we have the space to continue growing. We could not have chosen a better location than Bridgehead and we’re extremely excited about seeing the work developing on site.”

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of the Wykeland Group, said the move underlines Bridgehead’s ability to attract top class companies and secures its position as one of the North’s premier commercial developments, adding:

“John Good has a long and prestigious history in Hull so it is a matter of great pride that they have chosen to continue their association with the city at Bridgehead. They are a great local company and by moving to the business park are joining other great local companies to create what has to be one of the most exciting developments to take shape anywhere in the north of England.

“Choosing Bridgehead means John Good can entirely bespoke their new building and, at the same time, slash their carbon footprint with the large range of innovative green technologies that are employed there. With John Good’s immense heritage combined with Bridgehead’s innovations and design, it really is a case of old and new coming together to form a fantastic partnership.”

Photo: Left to right: John Good (owner/non-Executive Director), Tim Good (non-Executive Director), Alan Platt (MD) and Julie Good (non-Executive Director).