Hol­land & Barrett ex­pan­sion brings jobs boost to town

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Enda Mullen Busi­ness Reporter enda.mullen@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HOL­LAND & Barrett’s in­ter­na­tional head­quar­ters in Nuneaton is be­ing ex­panded to ac­com­mo­date up to an ex­tra 300 staff.

Work has started to ex­tend the health and well­ness re­tailer’s foot­print at Eliot Park where more than 300 staff are cur­rently em­ployed.

Now the largest firm of its type in Europe, Hol­land & Barrett sup­plies a wide range of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, health sup­ple­ments, spe­cial­ist foods and nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts via its high street stores.

Hav­ing moved to Eliot Park in Nuneaton in 2010 the re­tailer’s ex­pan­sion has prompted a need to de­velop its head­quar­ters.

Coven­try-based Dee­ley Con­struc­tion is now in the process of build­ing a 48,000 sq ft ex­ten­sion which will al­low staff numbers to grow to be­tween 500 and 600.

Hol­land & Barrett In­ter­na­tional has al­most 1,100 stores in 11 dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing Kuwait, Malta, Sin­ga­pore and China, and has been as­sisted in its over­seas growth by the UK Trade and In­vest­ment (UKTI) team at the Coven­try and War­wick­shire Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The com­pany’s suc­cess in global ex­pan­sion was recog­nised this year with a Queen’s Award for In­ter­na­tional Trade, one of the high­est hon­ours for busi­ness pre­sented to the com­pany in April.

Work on the ex­ten­sion fol­lows on from the cre­ation of a new car park on site at Eliot Park, part of a 40-year re­gen­er­a­tion on the site, un­der­taken by the Dee­ley Group, and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in early 2017.

Peter Dee­ley, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Dee­ley Group, said: “Ev­ery re­gion, such as our own re­gion of Coven­try & War­wick­shire, needs suc­cess­ful, grow­ing com­pa­nies and the ex­pan­sion of Hol­land & Barrett is a very good story lo­cally, na­tion­ally and glob­ally.

“We are de­lighted that we were able to pro­vide a home for the com­pany in 2010 which al­lowed it to ex­pand and equally pleased to be work­ing with the Hol­land & Barrett team again to help it con­tinue to blaze a trail.”

Roger Crad­dock, group le­gal di­rec­tor of Hol­land & Barrett In­ter­na­tional said: “As a Nuneaton-based busi­ness it’s im­por­tant to us that we con­tinue to sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy

“This new ex­ten­sion will stand us in good stead for fur­ther global ex­pan­sion whilst we con­tinue to keep up the lo­cal val­ues that our busi­ness has be­come known for.”

Paul Carvell, pres­i­dent of the Coven­try and War­wick­shire Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “This is great news for our area. The cham­ber be­gan a Go For Growth cam­paign at the start of the year and it’s fan­tas­tic to see Hol­land & Barrett ex­pand­ing in such a way.”

Peter Dee­ley, Martin Gal­lagher (both Dee­ley Group), Roger Crad­dock, Peter Aldis (both Hol­land & Barrett), Paul Carvell (cham­ber)

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