Wythenshawe-based logistics company and BW3 member, Cardinal Maritime, has opened its new 40,000 sq ft logistics facility on Sharston Road, Wythenshawe. The additional new site is less than a kilometre from the company’s head office on Leestone Road.

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East was on hand to officially cut the ribbon, opening the new building. The new site will create around 30 new jobs for the area and will see around 20 existing employees move from the company’s nearby head office.

The new facility, designed by architects HBL Associates, will provide much needed further warehouse and office space for the growing business. It will be used by the business as a storage for its Cardinal Plus ‘3PL’ clients, who range from importers of Toys, Fashionwear, Furniture, Home Appliances and many other consumer focused items, most of which are sold on-line.

The construction was led by ACS Construction. The ground was broken back in May 2017 with the build taking just under nine months, right on schedule.

The Wythenshawe based company is in need of the increase in space as it continues with its impressive growth. The company ended 2017 on a high with turnover at £85million, up £20 million from 2016. 2018 turnover is currently predicted at around £115 million.

2017 saw the company open four new offices in South East Asia bringing in 60 new colleagues. The new offices are in Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao and Hong Kong. The technology-led supply-chain logistics experts is perceived to be the UK’s fastest growing business in its sector.

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East said: “Cardinal Maritime is a true local success story for Wythenshawe. It is not purely about the business and jobs that it brings to the area, it is also about the commitment that CEO Brian Hay and his team give the local community. They are passionate about inspiring the next generation and developing local talent. I am delighted that they are expanding further in Wythenshawe.”

Brian Hay, CEO, Cardinal Maritime said: “2018 looks set to be another good year for Cardinal Maritime. In addition to opening this new facility in Wythenshawe, we have expanded overseas and are actively looking for more opportunities to develop more sites for logistics facilities, as our customer base continues to grow.

“Growing up in Wythenshawe, I am delighted that we can bring more jobs to the community. I am passionate about inspiring the younger generation in the area. Our Cardinal Maritime Academy currently has a number of apprentices and we work with local schools and colleges by providing mentors from within the business, including myself.”

Cardinal Maritime is committed to developing talent from within the local area, with over 30% of its current workforce living within 5 miles of its head office (+200 people in total).