Monday, January 5, 2015

Regional Scheme Assists Expansion of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group

Investment Meant Local Companies Could Provide Support for New Warehouse Development
Shipping News Feature

UK – Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Growing the Humber’ Regional Growth Fund Grant Programme (RGF) programme is a £30 million scheme to help grow businesses in the Humber area, that is North and North East Lincolnshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull and the capital available has enabled fourteen local businesses to help develop a major new warehouse facility in east Hull for the locally based freight forwarding and logistics group Neil and Brown.

The £2.5 million, 40,000 square foot warehouse at Marfleet Environmental Technology Park on Hedon Road, has been built locally but with global business in mind and follows a previous investment on the Technology Park, when in 2011 Neill & Brown joined forces with Japanese-owned chemical company Nippon Gohsei to create a 60,000 square foot laboratory, manufacturing, storage and distribution centre.

Based locally in Hessle, Neill & Brown Global Logistics is a family run firm headed up by CEO Peter Brown, who is also a director of the World Trade Centre Hull & Humber of which the company is an official partner. The new venture will create 21 new jobs over three years as part of Neill & Brown’s strategy for growth. Peter Brown commented:

“We are proud to be based in Hull and there is plenty of expertise in the supply chain to enable us to adhere to ‘buy local’. The increased capacity and proximity of the new warehouse to the ports will provide an enhanced service to our customers and give us an edge in developing more export and import work to and from Europe. It also complements our primary facility at Livingstone Road in Hessle.”

Applications to the local RGF programme closed in October and the scheme offered grants from £5,000 to £ 2.5 million with strict parameters for qualification. Overall investments had to guarantee that for every £1 supplied by grant applicants must contribute £4 with a guarantee on the number of new jobs created.

Photo: From Left: Carl Andrew, logistics director; Colin Moody, managing director; Peter Brown, CEO; Kishor Tailor, chief executive of the Humber LEP; Michelle Cartwright, warehouse manager and Ian Halder, finance director.