Huttons's opens new head officeCompany News // January 31, 2012
UK-based ship supplier Hutton’s has moved its UK head office to new premises in Hull, England.
The new facility , called Dianthus House as it was formerly owned by an international flower distributor, includes:
• double-sized premises with access straight onto the A63 and national motorway network
• 30,000ft2 of warehousing
• 3,000ft2 of chilled and frozen storage
• large packing, delivery and loading area incorporating four loading bays
• secure bonded warehouse
• administrative, accounting and sales offices
• meeting rooms, filing and storage facilities.
Guests were given tours of the new facilities by members of the sales and warehouse teams before joining Managing Director Alex Taylor for drinks and a buffet in the boardroom where they were able to view before and after pictures of the £250,000 building refurbishment.
Sales manager Jon Hickey explained to guests: "We supply everything a ship’s crew needs – from sauces and spices to cleaning products and medical supplies. We have to be flexible because every ship is different and we cater for many different nationalities. Basically, everything you need in your house is needed in a ship."
Founded in 1820, today Hutton’s employs 70 people who work around the clock to ensure vessels have all the supplies they need for long sea voyages. In recent years the company’s focus has evolved to include new markets including the developing offshore gas and renewable energy sectors.
The company has grown significantly over the past few years, acquiring a number of other businesses and opening new regional offices to further boost its ability to supply to all major UK ports. Sales figures for this year are on target to top £10 million, up at least £2 million on the previous year.
Managing Director Alex Taylor says: “This is an exciting time for us and an important step to prepare for our next ten years of business. We look forward to many years of success in our new, larger premises.”