Raise a glass to Arc’s continuing expansion

A leading tableware distributor has expanded its Midlands operation with the help of Redditch property agents John Truslove.

Arc International Tableware UK Ltd is as one of the leading suppliers to the food service market across the country.

Brands include Chef & Sommelier and Arcoroc.

The products are made by French multi-national Arc International which last year had a group turnover of 978 million euros and employed more than 11,000 worldwide.

Arc International Tableware UK, which is centred on Redditch and employs over 30 people, is a stand alone concern owned by businessman Brian Thorp. It acts as UK distributor for Arc International.

The firm operates from four warehouses, three in Redditch – two in Arthur Street and another in Oxleasow Road – and has now taken a further unit, this time in Rubery.

Bay 1, Meade House, 25 The Avenue, encompasses 34,839 sq ft and has been taken on a one year lease.

Arc International Tableware UK Ltd operations manager Bill Headley said: “These are prestigious brands and increasing in popularity.

“It means we are expanding rapidly and needed this extra warehouse space. Meade House was the nearest suitable facility we could find.

“It does mean some extra jobs albeit we are talking small numbers.”

John Truslove partner Ian Parker said: “It is always good to see growing businesses.

“Millions, though they would not know it, have a connection to Arc International Tableware UK Ltd given it supplies glasses to much of the UK pub trade.

“Appropriate then to raise a glass to the company’s success … and certainly we were very pleased to be able to play a part in their latest expansion.”

The business, formerly Alcester Glassware, was acquired by Arc International in 2003 but subsequently bought back by Mr Thorp in 2009.