The Bestway Group is the largest independent wholesaler in the UK, with an annual turnover in excess of £2.0 billion and 18% of market share in their sector.
The Group trade from 62 warehouses, offering over 5.5 million square feet of selling space, a product line of over 25,000 items and serving 100,000 independent retailers, many of whom provide a 24-hour service to various communities throughout the country. Bestway provide employment to over 4,500 people in the UK.
The range of products includes core groceries, soft drinks, confectionery, snacks, toiletries, household products, pet foods and catering packs.
Their latest branch, located to the north of nearby Brighton, is a former 85,000 sq ft book depository, previously owned by British Bookshops and Stationers. The imposing warehouse, with its 1930s art deco facade, occupies a prime position in the Hollingbury Industrial Estate and was originally designed for heavy industrial engineering.
The past history of the warehouse is still evident as rails, girders and associated steelwork remain in place, although overhead cranes were taken out from the site many years previously.
The Bestway store opened for business in November 2011, creating 70 new jobs in the area.
Link 51’s long-established association with Bestway has resulted in over 30 racking installations for the company at various wholesale branches throughout the UK, including their distribution centre at Coventry.
Given time constraints, Bestway’s new Brighton premises presented Link 51 with a number of challenges. Notably the steelwork frames within the building, especially those running the centre length of the warehouse roof, all influenced the overall capacity of the installation.
As space costs money and retail organisations measure each square metre in terms of turnover and profitability, Link 51 was tasked with utilising all available space within the warehouse.
- Link 51 succeeded in installing racking for a total of 2,764 pallets, with each pallet having a load capacity of 1,250 kgs. The racking provides in excess of 1,000 shelf levels and includes steel mesh shelf panels for the storage and display of goods.
- The installation team achieved a maximum seven metres racking elevation throughout the warehouse, reducing to six metres directly under the main roof centre steelwork.
- During the installation, Link 51 worked alongside a fire systems company so that ‘in-rack’ fire sprinkler systems could be fitted on support brackets.
- A central secure area for cigarettes and alcohol was installed, which contains 252 pallet locations and protected by a steel roller shutter door.
- Racking was also installed in the back-up freezer room and chilled produce room.
- Link 51 also supplied personal lockers for the staff rooms and installed a secure cage outside the warehouse for the safe storage of gas bottles.
- The installation, which commenced in early October 2011, was completed four weeks later and in advance of the store’s official launch on 4 November.
By using Link 51, the Bestway Wholesale Group benefited from:
- UK-based in-house manufacturing capability
- Fully managed market-leading storage solutions, including:
- Pallet racking & accessories
- Extensive knowledge and project management experience
- High-quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability
“As the Bestway Group continues sustained growth within the UK, our long association with Link 51 as a racking specialist goes from strength to strength. Their ability to consistently meet our deadlines, whilst being sympathetic to our requirements, is the hallmark of a trusted supplier. Despite structural complexities at the new store, the installation at Brighton is testament to Link 51’s planning, manufacturing and project management capabilities.”
Arshad Chaudhary, Operations Director – Bestway Wholesale Group
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