Best place for a tech hub in Europe? Yorkshire, of course!

Technology distributor Premier Farnell is to invest £60m in a new 360,000 sq foot warehouse at the Logic Leeds business park, retaining £650m in revenue and hundreds of jobs in the Yorkshire region.

Thursday, 15th February 2018, 11:01 am
Updated Thursday, 15th February 2018, 9:05 pm
The new site will stock over 420,000 products and has the potential for up to one million square feet of distribution capacity

The investment follows a European wide search for a new home for Premier Farnell as it has outgrown its current facilities in Armley in Leeds.Nick Wilkins, '‹c'‹hief '‹s'‹upply '‹c'‹hain '‹o'‹fficer'‹ at '‹Premier Farnell, said: "We looked at a number of sites in and outside the UK."We decided the best thing for the infrastructure, and the people we have, is to keep our Leeds location."Our current site is too small and it's over 20 years old. We looked at expanding the site, but we couldn't fit in a big enough warehouse."Logic Leeds business park is 5.2 miles away from the current site in Armley.Premier Farnell'‹ '‹is now working with Leeds City Council and the Local Planning Authority to agree the future of the Armley site and to develop transport solutions for employees moving to the new site."We are working with the local council to make things as easy as possible. The new site is near the 'Park and Ride' and we have 330 parking spaces at the new site," said Mr Wilkins.Premier Farnell hopes that as many employees as possible will move over to the new site. It currently employs around 530 people in Armley."As we grow, new jobs will be created," said Mr Wilkins.The new site will stock over 420,000 products and has the potential for up to one million square feet of distribution capacity as the Leeds-based business responds to market growth opportunities.'‹Premier Farnell said '‹t'‹he site'‹ will be the largest ever warehouse development in Leeds city area and '‹will '‹support jobs in the region'‹.'‹The site'‹ is'‹ based off junction 45 of the M1'‹.Graham McBeth, '‹p'‹resident of Premier Farnell said'‹:'‹ “This is a significant investment in a modern,'‹ '‹automated warehouse, made possible by the opportunities for growth in the market and the support of our'‹ '‹American parent company, Avnet.'‹"'‹I am delighted that we are retaining our presence in Leeds.'‹"'‹Mr Wilkins added'‹:'‹ “Premier Farnell has a strong history in'‹ '‹the Leeds area and we have great confidence in the Yorkshire workforce. '‹"'‹This new warehouse, with great'‹ '‹transport links, retains jobs in the region and will allow us to grow to support market demand.”Logic Leeds sits within one of the Leeds City region Enterprise Zones which is supported by Leeds City'‹ '‹Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Leeds City Council, the Department of Communities and Local'‹ '‹Government. Muse Developments has partnered up with Bowmer and Kirkland to build the'‹ '‹state-of-the-art distribution warehouse. Works '‹started earlier this month with completion'‹ '‹scheduled for the end of the year. The site is expected to be operational by late 2019 '‹or early 2020.Roger Marsh, '‹c'‹hair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “We are delighted'‹ '‹that Premier Farnell will enhance their high service distribution of technology products and solutions from'‹ '‹what will be the largest ever warehouse development in Leeds. '‹"'‹Our key industrial sectors are changing'‹ '‹rapidly and the ability to embrace and adopt fast emerging digital technology and the Internet of Things,'‹ whereby '‹computing devices are embedded in everyday objects to send and receive data, will improve our'‹ '‹productivity and define our future economic identity. '‹"'‹This decision means Premier Farnell – a global tech'‹ '‹leader - can sit at the heart of this opportunity and pioneer this strategy from Leeds City Region Enterprise'‹ '‹Zone.”Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council'‹'s'‹ '‹e'‹xecutive '‹m'‹ember for '‹r'‹egeneration, '‹t'‹ransport and '‹p'‹lanning'‹, '‹'‹added: “It is great news that Premier Farnell is remaining in Leeds, protecting hundreds of jobs that'‹ '‹could otherwise have been lost from the city. '‹"'‹The '‹c'‹ouncil has worked hard with the West Yorkshire'‹ '‹Combined Authority to retain the company in the city, and are pleased that they have decided to make such'‹ '‹a substantial investment giving a strong platform from which to grow their business moving forward.”James Scott, '‹d'‹evelopment '‹d'‹irector at Muse,'‹ described the commitment as “fantastic news and another significant'‹ '‹milestone in the Logic Leeds story'‹".He said: "The decision by Premier Farnell, a worldwide player in the electronics'‹ '‹distribution industry, to come to Logic Leeds is testament to the qualities of our development." Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield advised Premier Farnell on the Logic Leeds deal.

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