Offshore supplies specialist JCH Marine is relocating to a new, state-of-the-art warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent – as part of its plans for expansion.

The company is moving out of its old unit at Victoria Business Park in Knypersley into a purpose-built unit on Brownhills Road in Tunstall, which is double the size.

The move is the culmination of 10 years of growth for the business, which supplies marine and offshore products to customers across the world.

 John Hynes, who started the company from his front room in 2009, said: “We have been in our current premises for about five years but we have just expanded to the point where we need a bigger place.

 “We have been looking for a new place for about two years and this seemed an ideal location. The majority of our staff work in Stoke-on-Trent and it’s in a great logistic position close to the A500 and the M6.”

(L-R) is JCH Marine's John Hynes and David Bond with Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Abi Brown pictured at the site of the new warehouse

John added: “Everyone has worked really hard, we have a great workforce, we are still growing and we expect that to continue, so we need to be able to accommodate that growth and meet the demand of our customers.”

“We employ 19 staff at the moment but having a bigger premises will mean we will also be able to employ further people in the future.”

JCH Marine predominantly operates in the oil and gas and shipping sectors supplying products including lighting, navigation equipment and tools.

In addition to its new headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, firm bosses are already in talks about opening a branch in Brazil – which, along with Africa, is the firm’s biggest market.

The site of JCH Marine's new headquarters in Brownhills Road, Tunstall

Commercial director David Bond said: “This is the first premises the company has bought so it is a big investment, but we have got a worldwide customer base which means there are lots of opportunities for us as a business.

“There is a big demand for our services. In the last three years, we estimate that the business has grown about a third year on year and we see no reason for that to slow down.”

The company’s new unit – which is expected to be completed by November – forms part of the Clowes Developments’ Highgate Works scheme which includes Tunstall Trade Park and the 120,000 square-foot warehouse which is being constructed next to Tile Mountain’s £10 million headquarters on the former Johnson Tiles site in Tunstall.

Clowes Developments director Marc Freeman said: “We bought these sites in 2014 as part of a portfolio of land from Norcros plc and we are very proud that we have started to regenerate the area.

“There is still work to do but there is no doubt that Ceramic Valley is proving to be a success and that the Enterprize Zone status is paying off.

“When we starting developing in Tunstall we did not expect to still be developing five years later, so that’s great.”

Original article taken from Stoke-On-Trent Live and image supplied by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.