Colwick firm’s factory expansion plans revealed

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One of the borough’s biggest employers has announced plans to almost double the size of its headquarters in Colwick.

THE Wilkins Group has bought extra land, which lies adjacent to the factory on Private Road Number One in Colwick, for a seven figure sum.

The move will see the company take on an extra three acres of land, which currently houses four buildings.

The plans are in the very early stages but sales director, Justin Wilkins, said the investment would almost double the business from a £30 million business to a £50 million business, once they had expanded and invested in new kit.

Justin said: “The plans are still in the very early stages and we are currently talking to architects about what to do with the increased space.”

EXPANSION: The Wilkins Group site in Colwick

The family-run firm bought the land at the end of 2015 and some of the buildings have been rented out to other firms since then. The plan will be to extend the current building and square it off at the back. The biggest building of the four will be knocked down in the near future.

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The plan will be put into action over the next couple of years. And Justin said that the move will mean the company can potentially take on more staff.

The Wilkins Group has worldwide hubs in Sri Lanka, China, Romania, Bangladesh and India. It won the international trade award at The Midlands Family Business Awards in November last year.

Earlier this year the company revealed that it was ready to cope with an increased demand for cardboard packaging from supermarket chains, following on from concerns about the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans.

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