The Mayor of Biggleswade, Cllr Mark Foster attended the grand opening of Noatum Logistics on Friday 1st September 2023.
The event was well attended by esteemed guests and key representatives from Noatum Logistic, Richard Dannatt (General Manager), Malcolm Harness (Operations Director), Steve Hicks (Commercial Director), Noatum Logistics Staff and Central Bedfordshire Council representatives, Councillor Steven Watkins (Business, Housing and Public Assets, Executive Member), Anna Bosworth (Head of Investment, Employment & Skills) and Sayma Khanom (Business Investment Manager).
Noatum Logistics Overview
Noatum Logistics, a Spanish-owned company and a part of the AD Ports Group, is a global leader in Supply Chain Management, consistently ranked among the Top 50 freight forwarders worldwide. Known for their exceptional service and specialised staff, they offer tailored solutions across various sectors.
Noatum Logistics has recently leased a state-of-the-art 230,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Biggleswade, courtesy of Tritax Symmetry developers. This facility will support a new five-year logistics contract with a prominent global retail fashion brand.
With operations spanning five sites across the UK, including London Medway, Purfleet, Hemel Hempstead (x2), and Biggleswade, this new facility in Biggleswade marks their largest UK presence to date. The cutting-edge facility boasts a 15m clear height to eaves, 24 dock-level doors, 4 level-access doors, and 43 lorry parking spaces. Furthermore, the warehouse will be powered by solar panels and is committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon status.
The warehouse will feature innovative semi-automated systems, including conveyors between floors and robotic support for pick & put-away, with the capacity to handle over 3 million items. Noatum Logistics also has ambitious hiring plans, aiming to recruit up to 200 staff in the first year, spanning operational managerial roles to warehouse workers.
Support from Central Bedfordshire Council
Central Bedfordshire Council, in collaboration with the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy, has provided Noatum Logistics with a comprehensive support package for their relocation. This support includes assistance with employment and skills development. Regular meetings and promotional efforts have been key in helping Noatum Logistics establish itself in the region. The council is committed to providing ongoing support as the company becomes fully operational.
Noatum Logistics’ presence in Biggleswade promises to make significant contributions to the region’s economy, and this event was a testament to the strong partnership between the company and the local community.