Tasty move for food company03/01/2017
A gourmet food importer and exporter has unveiled tasty expansion plans after opening new headquarters in Durham.
The Gourmet Group, which imports food from Spain, Italy and France, has moved from two small offices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Manchester to two units – 3,149 sq ft and 1,500 sq ft – at Enterprise City, Spennymoor, part of the DurhamGate development.
The new head office will also act as the company’s main distribution point, enabling it to undertake its own logistics and warehousing programmes.
The units, which are owned and managed by London and Cambridge Properties (LCP), include a new office and the company, which also exports British foods and drinks – particularly craft beers, ciders and gins – to France, Italy and Spain, has also built cold-rooms to store correctly the products.
John Targas, who owns the Gourmet Group (www.groupgourmet.co.uk) , the trading arm of the business, and sister company Gourmet Options, which distributes new food products to the catering industry, said: “This is a big step up for us, especially for the Gourmet Options brand, which we are now looking to expand further with new imported brands and also ranges that we can create ourselves for the restaurant and hotel sectors.
“Our products are distributed mainly to companies based in the north of England and the south of Scotland, so having our base at Spennymoor is a good location for us because it is just a couple of minutes from the A1.”
The move has also enabled the company to double its workforce from three to six.
Tony Spence, LCP regional estate manager, said: “We worked closely with the Gourmet Group when it started to look for new premises to ensure we could accommodate its needs and we’re pleased that it is now able to expand and take on new staff.”
Enterprise City is the largest mixed-use regeneration scheme in the North East of England. It is a 300,000 sq ft secure and popular business location offering a mix of industrial, warehouse and office accommodation for a wide range of businesses.
The estate benefits from 24hr CCTV estate security, free car parking and an onsite management team.
There are more than 30 tenants that span industrial, commercial and technological activities, including Boots the Chemist, Durham Police, Just Sport (Group) Ltd and the NHS Primary Care Trust.