The UK’s largest wholesale tableware supplier, Utopia Tableware, has moved into a prime 168,000 sq ft unit at Langham Park near Chesterfield as part of a broader £15m expansion.
Utopia purchased One Langham Park at Temple Normanton in a sale brokered by the Sheffield office of Knight Frank and JLL Nottingham Office, acting on behalf of private equity and real estate investment firm, Cabot Properties, consolidating Utopia’s operations from several properties near to J29 of the M1.
Key to the expansion, which sees Utopia retaining one unit at Holmewood Industrial Park, was the need to relocate nearby, retaining staff, coupled with vital fast-access to the motorway and close proximity to the company’s remaining unit at Holmewood Industrial Park.
Rebecca Schofield, Partner at Knight Frank, said: “The sale of One Langham Park is a milestone for Utopia Tableware as it expands the business from three, mid-sized existing premises to consolidate most of its operations under one roof following substantial market share grow in 2018 and the start of 2019, both in the UK and overseas.
“The unit is just two miles from the company’s remaining depot at Holmewood Industrial Park and provides a high specification facility with 12 metre eaves height, 15 dock-level loading doors and large secure loading yard, key requirements for the business.”
Utopia Tableware is the largest UK based supplier of Glass and Tableware to the Hospitality industry. It has its headquarters and main warehouse and distribution facility in Chesterfield and a showroom in London and the new warehouse allows the company to hold more than 30,000 pallets under one roof.
Mark Rammell, owner and CEO at Utopia Tableware, said: “This is a great opportunity for Utopia, it allows us to increase capacity and hold more stock throughout our whole hospitality range. Our total number of distributors has grown rapidly during 2018 and we now have over 1,100 sales representatives promoting our products across the world.
“The new warehouse facility has been purpose built to accommodate our Hospitality Division and we have also installed additional office space and a showroom at the new unit.”
The company has been operating from Holmewood Industrial Park for 10 years and has appointed Knight Frank to market its two vacant units at the site, following the move to Langham Park.
Rebecca added: “We are now appointed to let Utopia’s two former units, of 55,000 sq ft and 61,000 sq ft, located close to junction 29 of the M1 motorway, south of Chesterfield, which would suit businesses requiring mid-sized industrial or warehousing accommodation with excellent motorway access.
“These units are being made available at a prime time for the market as we continue to see a shortfall of available stock of this quality across South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.’’