Growing firm lands big deal with importer

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A THETFORD-BASED company has won a major contract to add to its rapidy-growing business operations.

Century Logistics has won a contract with importer Hookes to distribute its furniture and giftware to stores and retailers throughout the UK and Ireland.

The goods, ranging from art deco mirrors and bedside tables to soft furnishings, are imported from the Far East through Felixstowe and then taken to the Century warehouse at Thetford before onward distribution.

Stephen Basey-Fisher, Century managing director, who founded the warehousing and distribution company in 1997, said: “In the present climate I am really pleased that we are still growing.

“We find that many companies, especially those selling primarily over the Internet, benefit from using our warehouse and distribution services while they concentrate on their core business.”

He said that clinching the contract with Hookes had added three more staff to its workforce based at Thetford, which now numbered between 60 and 70.

And he revealed that 10 more jobs are in the pipeline as Century waited to put the finishing touches to a contract with another blue chip company.

Mr Basey-Fisher told the Bury Free Press: “The economy is still very difficult.

“It is good that we are still growing, but we must not be complacent.

“We are still in for a hard couple of years.”

Of the latest contract it had secured, he said: “ “Hookes is a growing company so using our shared warehousing allows it to expand its business in line with demand, without making an upfront commitment to a larger warehouse.”

Hookes, a family-run business set up about 20 years ago, used to operate its own warehousing and distribution but realised that Century’s expertise and facilities offered it a more efficient solution.

Century Logistics, has more than 400,000sqft of warehousing and 140 staff in locations in East Anglia, with a wide range of clients including Dorel, the world’s biggest nursery products company.

Its recently-acquired 140,000 sq ft facility at Saxham Business Park, near Bury St Edmunds, is one of the largest warehouses in East Anglia and is a joint venture with Dorel.