Expert logistics company opens new distribution centre in Leeds

Home delivery specialist Expert Logistics has opened a new distribution depot at Garforth, Leeds, creating 70 new jobs as part of a £1.5M investment.

The new depot, located just half a mile from J47 of the M1 motorway and enjoying excellent transport links, will serve the whole of Yorkshire and the North East of England.

Expert Logistics provides a home delivery service for white goods and is part of DRL, the UK’s largest online kitchen appliance retailer. The new Leeds depot represents a further expansion by Expert Logistics following the opening of a purpose-built 360,000 sq ft warehouse and head office at Crewe in February 2012.

The 1.35 acre site was identified using Leeds City Council’s commercial property location service, set up to help companies that are expanding or relocating their operations to find new business premises in Leeds.

In the last twelve months alone, the service has been successful in assisting 35 companies to find new premises, in the process safeguarding over 500 jobs and helping to create 168 new jobs.

William Hill, Apollo Lighting and the Medical Protection Society have all used the service to identify new premises for their Leeds operations. Other businesses, including Teesside-based IT company Panoptech, Scottish craft beer company Brewdog and Irish environmental training agency Chevron UK, have used the service in setting up new operations in the city.

Expert Logistics also received support from the council’s Employment Leeds service, which assists employers to recruit new staff, helping the company to run assessment days to screen and interview job applicants for roles ranging from home delivery drivers to supervisors and admin support staff.

Dave Ashwell, Managing Director of Expert Logistics, said:

“Our move to Garforth, Leeds, enables us to grow our business, improve our service levels and client proposition and most importantly improve our efficiency. We are investing a lot of money, time and effort to ensure the environment is the best it can possibly be for our people.”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and economy said:

“Given its geographical location at the centre of the UK and the national motorway network, Leeds is an ideal location for distribution and logistics-based businesses.

“The support we have been able to provide Expert Logistics in setting up their new depot in Leeds demonstrates the very real and practical help the council is able to provide to assist businesses expand and create jobs for the people of Leeds.”

“The council maintains a database of all commercial property available in the city, including offices, retail warehouse and manufacturing premises. It brings together information from over 80 commercial property agents and is the only place you can get a comprehensive picture of what’s available in terms of business premises and locations here in Leeds.”

Notes for Editors

1. Leeds City Council’s commercial property location service can be accessed online by visiting the ‘Business’ section of www.leeds.gov.uk

2. DRL was established in 2000 as an online white goods retailer and in 2009 acquired Expert Logistics; they now benefit from their own dedicated delivery fleet and employ over 420 people in their Bolton & Crewe based offices. The company’s client list includes Boots, Marks and Spencer, Next, House of Fraser, B&Q, Argos, Empire Direct, Screwfix and Shop Direct, as well as distribution clients such as Tesco. DRL also has its own retail websites, Appliances Online and Appliance Deals and customer review site, Appliance Reviews. In 2008 DRL was ranked 28th in The Times Fast Track 100 for sales growth and in 2011 the company placed 63rd in The Times list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

For further information contact Leeds City Council's press office at communicationsteam@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113-395 0244