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CoolKit secures new factory in Blackburn

CoolKit founder and chief executive Rupert Gatty, centre, outside the new factory with
managing director Daniel Miller, left, and sales director Mike Scappaticci

UK: Temperature-controlled van specialist CoolKit has moved to a new 7,000m2 premises following the blaze that devastated its Burnley manufacturing site at the beginning of July.

The new site in Blackburn, eight miles away from its former location, is said to be ideally situated near the M65 motorway.

The company has already started to move some of its operations to this site, with the plan to have the entire business and the 100+ workforce relocated by the start of next year.

A robust recovery plan was instigated immediately following the fire, which enabled production to resume at the company’s second unit within days of the disaster. At the same time CoolKit founder and chief executive Rupert Gatty put out an urgent appeal for new premises.

Commenting on the move, Rupert Gatty said: “We are sorry to be leaving Burnley but the opportunity to move onto such a large site, which is only 300m from Junction 6 of the M65, was just too good to miss. The layout is perfect for our future strategy.”

Last year, CoolKit recorded sales orders of £20.1m – an increase of 60% on their previous year – and despite the blaze, it is still expected to report a further record period this financial year.

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