A family-run logistics company has warned that more development land for warehousing is urgently needed in and around Bury St Edmunds.
The alarm has been sounded by the boss of Century Logistics, in Little Saxham, who is desperate to find up to 100,000 sq ft of warehousing and storage space.
Many business opportunities are being missed.Stephen Basey-Fisher, managing director
Managing director Stephen Basey-Fisher said he is frustrated that stock coming in through Felixstowe for delivery in the region might have to be stored in the Midlands because of the lack of available space around Bury St Edmunds.
He warned: “Many business opportunities are being missed.
“Felixstowe is Britain’s largest and busiest container port, yet millions of pounds worth of stock every day is transported out of our region to logistics centres based in the Midlands.”
Mr Basey-Fisher, who wants to grow his business and create jobs in the area, said: “Due to the shortage of warehousing in this county, we have been forced to look for opportunities further afield.
“The local authorities in Suffolk really need to consider the strategic and economic value of releasing land for development of warehousing, which will create job opportunities and ensure imported products remain in Suffolk, for distribution to the rest of the UK.”
His call has been backed by Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill during a visit to the company premises, where it has more than 100 staff.
Mrs Churchill said: “Specialist businesses like Century Logistics should be supported and enabled to expand and thrive within their field.
“My visit to this fantastic family-owned business highlighted why we need to be supporting businesses that go the extra mile; providing skilled training and delivering an outstanding service to their customers.
“It is my aim to help ensure Century Logistics and other growing organisations within our area, can access warehousing and other facilities they need to succeed and grow.”
Century employs 200 people and has warehouses in Snetterton and Nottingham.
be more than just a warehousing or logistics company.
It offers a range of services such as customer services, engineering, quality assurance and repairs and re-works plus e-commerce offerings, which provide an alternative route to market for their customers.