By Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas
The largest of the four recently-built units at Daedalus’ Faraday Business Park, Fareham, is about to be occupied by a multi-national company which hopes to recruit from the local area.
With headquarters in Braintree, Essex, and bases in Havant and Malaga, Spain, All4 Logistics’ website states it offers, “global logistic coverage with in house vehicles, warehousing and freight forwarding services.”
Director Caroline Millea Downing explained the company is leasing the unit at the Faraday Business Park because, “it is a modern, well-located site close to Portsmouth and Southampton docks with easy access to the motorway for distribution.
“We have a strong customer base in Hampshire and service the plastics, engineering and automotive sectors”.
It will mean All4 Logistics has two warehouse and office facilities geographically close together but she told The Globe: “At the moment we will retain our premises in Havant for the foreseeable future.”
And she added in respect of the new Fareham operation that the company, “is focused on employing people from within the local community.
“We have one new employee starting Monday and within the next five months we hope to increase the number of employees and employ ten staff.”
This indicates the company’s rapid expansion because its accounts – available on the Companies House website – for the 14 months to the end of January 2021, show it had an average of three employees.
One factor driving the recruitment is that All4 Logistics is about to start a storage and distribution contract with Hampshire County Council.
Fibre connectivity and solar panels
Opened in October last year, the units at the Faraday Business Park are another multi-million-pound investment at Daedalus by its owner Fareham Borough Council.
The logistics company has leased 17 Spitfire Way – a unit of 23,670 square feet and which incorporates design features such as, nine-metre eaves, office spaces, fibre connectivity, large yards for parking plus solar PV panels and capability for electric vehicle charging.
As well as being pleased with the site, Caroline Millea Downing said that in their new premises, “there is space available for local businesses for storage if they require it and for distribution services.”
The Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward welcomed the arrival of All4 Logistics saying it is, “great to see a multi-national organisation taking residence in Fareham.
“This is another step toward making Daedalus a premier location for businesses.”
Photograph (top): Unit 17 at Faraday Business Park – the new facility for All4 Logistics. Fareham Borough Council.