Kite Packaging is developing its base in Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill, to update and modernise its warehouse facilities servicing Midlands and online customers, and to create extra capacity. The work is being carried out by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry.
Gavin Ashe, managing partner at Kite Packaging, said: “It is a significant expansion of the site with the creation of a state-of-the-art pick and pack operation and extra warehousing for our Midlands key accounts, and a near doubling of our national distribution centre. One of the key drivers is creating extra space for our growth and this will certainly lead to more jobs. We are currently growing our team by more than 12 and are looking to double this during the next two years.”
Kite Packaging has seen rapid growth since being founded as an employee-owned business in 2001, and establishing its site at Torrington Avenue in 2007, to become one of the largest distributors in the UK. It has built up a strong regional branch network across the UK with six sites including Coventry. Its e-commerce operation and waste compliance business are also based at Torrington Avenue.
Gavin added: “This development comes on the back of major property expansion for Kite Packaging at our branches in Swindon and Letchworth. Kite Packaging is an employee-owned business and as such we take a long-term view on investing and trying to build a great working environment for all of our owners.”
The work at Torrington Avenue is being overseen by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, the company recently established from The Wigley Group’s merger with established main contractor Ciexbe Limited.
Charlie said: “This is a total site development involving a full refurbishment of 25,000 sq ft of unit space which includes soft strip and demolition to fit-out, and the creation of additional car parking. It is a six-month project and work is on course to be completed in August.”
James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, added: “Kite Packaging was recently named as one of Coventry and Warwickshire’s top 50 companies by turnover growth and is a real success story for the area. We are delighted to be supporting this significant investment to expand its operations which will be a boost to the local economy and create further employment opportunities.”