Boohoo puts Burnley businesses at heart of major investment programme
Online fashion retailer Boohoo has been working with Burnley businesses to breathe new life into the borough’s older buildings.
It has hired several local businesses to work on some of the old industrial units on Widow Hill Road, where it is based on the Heasandford Industrial Estate.
Speaking to Burnley.co.uk, Paul Corrigan, head of Logistics for Boohoo, said: “Boohoo is a major UK success story, having been founded in 2006 and growing into the business it is today.
"We needed to expand and relocate our global distribution centre and Burnley was the perfect location for that.
“There were plenty of reasons why we chose Burnley. The Heasandford Industrial Estate, where we are based, had plenty of potential for expansion.
"Ease of distribution is key and the borough sits in the heart of the UK, whilst it also provides a skilled and varied workforce.”
And Boohoo has already had to expand again since arriving in Burnley due to its impressive growth.
A key part of this growth has been investing into transforming some of the older buildings in Widow Hill Road, where its distribution centre is based.
Boohoo also owns the former TRW and Multiweld buildings, but these are currently empty until long-term solutions have been agreed.
From the outset of boohoo’s expansion, it has championed the use of local suppliers where possible including LPK Facilities Management, Barnfield Construction, Quest Electrical, Scott Dawson Advertising, Yesss Electrical and Simply Classic.
Paul explained: “Our purchasing decisions are made with a ‘local first’ outlook. At peak times, we have 2,500 staff on site, so catering was a very important tendering decision.
"We chose the local supplier Simply Classic, who themselves use local suppliers, keeping the local economy strong for our workforce.
"They were able to respond to initiatives we required, such as providing free packed lunches to our employees on site throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We also invest in and develop our workforce. We have a successful leadership training programme to develop staff potential. We employ and train apprentices through Burnley College, notably in our engineering department. This gives our workforce longevity and talent for the future.”
Many head office functions are located in our borough, bringing higher paid and skilled jobs to Burnley.
Liam Kilbride, management director LPK Facilities, said: “I’m really proud that LPK are involved in bringing these buildings back to life. There’s really been a concerted effort by boohoo to use local contractors where possible, many of whom have grown alongside Boohoo’s expansion.
"The contribution to the local economy is fantastic and really is something that should be celebrated.”