Budget Shipping Containers investing £800,000 in new Redditch home, aided by John Truslove

A shipping containers business is recruiting new staff as part of an £800,000 investment in its new headquarters in Redditch, supported by property agents John Truslove.

Budget Shopping Containers has bought 5,526 sq ft of offices and stores at Neptune Works, on Beoley Road West in Redditch, as its new headquarters.

The company paid £575,000 for the building and is aiming to invest £250,000 on upgrading and improving the site over the next three years, according to managing director Chris Osborne.

As part of the company’s expansion, it is also recruiting more staff for its core base, from which it operates conversion, distribution and storage sites around the country.

Chris said: “Sales and conversion provide the majority of our work. We carry out bespoke work ranging from garden offices to catering pods, as well as providing secure storage containers for a range of business, organisations and members of the public.”

John Truslove had already helped the growing company find offices twice before.

Chris Osborne said: “We had been looking for bigger premises and saw the Neptune Works was available. We had been looking to rent, but good offices are in short supply.

“These were the right premises at the right price, so we decided to buy. We’ll now be investing, to turn them into top spec offices and to install solar power, so we can rent out the space we don’t need right now. And, of course, we’ll be using John Truslove as our leasing agents.

“We’re going to be looking at a loyalty card at this rate,” he joked.

“In all seriousness, Ian Parker and the team at John Truslove have been great and made the whole process as painless as they could.”

The move from Wythall now offers Worcestershire a local, established, and reputable source of shipping containers, storage containers, and converted shipping containers locally.

While office activity is now based at Redditch, the physical containers and any conversion work will come from the company’s container yards on the north side of Birmingham or elsewhere across its UK-wide network of yards.

Chris Osborne added: “This site is just on the edge of the centre of town and couldn’t be much easier to reach for staff travelling by car as well as local public transport or bike commuters. It’s location next to the Cricketer’s Arms Pub and opposite Micky’s Chippy – which we hear is the best chippy in town – is a very handy co-incidence.”

The town is also within easy reach of nearly all major ports and intermodal hubs, where the firm’s shipping containers are stored and repaired.

Chris Osborne added: “Redditch has some of the best infrastructure for green communing, with the best cycle patch infrastructure in the region, helping us incentivise local staff to commute without a car.

“A good central location allows for bus commutes, as well as being only a few minutes on a bird scooter from the train station (or about a ten minute walk).”

Meanwhile the company is now advertising for new admin, sales and operations staff through its website – www.budgetshippingcontainers.co.uk – and social media.

Ian Parker, joint managing director at John Truslove, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with Chris at the team at Budget Shipping Containers again – this time helping them seal a deal for a permanent new home.

“We hope we have been able to play some small part in their continuing success, ensuring they always are able to operate from premises that meet their needs. It is part of the service we continue to offer to companies and landlords across this region.”

Ashley Alexander Legal, a specialist commercial property law firm based in Telford, acted for Budget Shipping Containers in the acquisition of Neptune Works.

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