Sales exceed UGS’s expectations

“Business is booming” say 14-strong builders merchant UGS, having just hit £2m in sales at their Ipswich depot only a year after it opened.

Sales exceed UGS's expectations

UGS’s first outlet in Suffolk, the Ipswich depot measures 4,000 sq ft and opened last July. It was intended, along with the existing Norwich outlet, to increase the company’s presence in the east of England. And it appears to have worked.

“It’s been an incredible year and we expect to hit the £3m mark within the next 12 months,” said UGS regional manager Neil Carter, “we’ve invested a lot of resource and money at Ipswich but it’s certainly been worthwhile.

“Before we opened last July we carried out a £50,000 refurbishment and created five new jobs. We now have eight employees and are looking to recruit a yardsman and an HGV driver to drive our new 26-ton truck.

“We’ve had to overcome a few hurdles since we opened,” explains Mr Carter, “the original yard was a bit tight on space for collecting goods and we became a victim of our own success, as sales increased so rapidly.

“But we have since brought in some more timber racks and increased our “off the floor” storage all around the yard by installing more pallet racks. It is now easy to get in and out so we’re much better placed to supply general materials.”

UGS now has 207 employees and 14 outlets acquired since its formation in 1995.

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