An automated warehouse firm has officially opened its new northern European headquarters in Harborough.
TGW said last Wednesday’s grand opening marked a big milestone in the company’s development.
In 2013, TGW brought its operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Scandinavia together with the UK to form TGW Northern Europe.
The UK operation was established in 2007 with just three employees.
Now it employs 130 people and generated a sales turnover of more than £70m in 2012-2013 making it TGW’s second largest market.
Having outgrown its original UK offices at The Point business park in Harborough, the company set about creating a new HQ,
TGW Group president Georg Kirchmayr made the decision to invest in a new purpose-designed 12,000 sq ft building, known as Falcon Court, within sight of its former office in town.
The modern two-storey building has been exclusively designed by architects to accommodate the needs of TGW’s employees including management, engineers, sales and marketing staff.
The firm said it has been designed with an emphasis on sustainability and provides a modern and comfortable working environment including break-out spaces, quiet working zones, a roof garden and a staff gym.
A TGW Mustang Evolution mini-load automated storage and retrieval machine has also been installed in the entrance lobby for document storage.
There are further plans to establish a TGW Academy there for staff training and development.
At last Wednesday’s opening, Harborough site managing director Andy Smith said: “TGW has continued to expand significantly in the past few years and the business has firmly established itself in the UK market as a leading supplier of automated warehouse solutions.
“It was this growth that prompted our investment in larger premises, which have been specifically designed and built for the needs of our employees and the business.
“We chose to stay in Harborough because we wanted to retain our employees from the local area and provide them with a great place to work.
“There is also scope for further expansion at the site.”
The opening ceremonies included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.