Revealed as part of the firm’s investment plans, the facility will be its sixth manufacturing site and follows a period of rapid growth and expansion for the company – including the recent acquisition of North London-based Soho Sandwich Company.
Operations at the new 30,000 sq ft factory at Slough Trading estate will be supported by the creation of 200 new jobs, bringing the total headcount across the company to 1,000 people – 300 of the 1,000 people will be based in Slough.
Rapid growth in five years
Gareth Chambers, chief executive of Around Noon, said: “We have grown our run rate at Around Noon in Slough from £4m per annum in 2018 to around £30m per annum today.
“We now manufacture over 400,000 products per week at the existing Slough factory and we are really pleased to have secured additional premises at Slough Trading Estate to support our ongoing growth.”
The new facility is undergoing a major renovation in line with the developer’s ‘Responsible SEGRO’ commitment to champion low-carbon growth. This included a number of sustainability features, such as photovoltaic panels installed on the roof providing electricity, energy efficient LED light fittings electric vehicle charging points.
Best of both worlds combined
James Craddock, managing director, Thames Valley, at property development company SEGRO, said: “This is a wonderful example of how the quality and management of our workspace combined with our flexibility and understanding of our customers’ property needs has enabled us to retain and grow our diverse customer base on the Slough Trading Estate.
“Around Noon is a strong, growing business and we’re very pleased to have been able to accommodate them in this upgraded facility and enable their business growth, particularly at a time when the vacancy rate at Slough Trading Estate remains very low at 2.7%.”
Meanwhile, newly founded Seaweed Enterprises has announced its entry into the market by unveiling plans to invest in scaling up its factory and operations.