CoolKit founder makes appeal to fellow Burnley businesses seeking temporary premises after devastating fire

The founder and chief executive of Burnley business CoolKit, which suffered extensive damage, in a huge blaze last week, has made an appeal to other Burnley businesses to help find new temporary premises for his company.
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Rupert Gatty, founder and chief executive of the UK’s largest specialist in temperature-controlled light commercial vehicles, was speaking after it was confirmed that one of its units was completely destroyed in Thursday’s fire at Farrington Place.

He said: “Following the fire that destroyed one of our two manufacturing premises, CoolKit is looking for vacant premises in Burnley or nearby that would be suitable for building our renowned refrigerated van conversions.

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“The business is looking for 30,000 to 60,000 square feet, ideally with significant parking for our workforce of approximately 100 staff and with several acres of adjacent land for parking our stock of vans securely, and a three-phase mains supply.

Fire blazes at CoolKit in Burnley. Photo: Kelvin Lister-StuttardFire blazes at CoolKit in Burnley. Photo: Kelvin Lister-Stuttard
Fire blazes at CoolKit in Burnley. Photo: Kelvin Lister-Stuttard

“Thanks to a robust response from our employees, contractors and leadership team here at CoolKit we have been able to remain operational throughout this period, but early occupation of additional premises will help to ensure we are able to fulfil our full order book and continue on our growth trajectory.”

“Please contact me on [email protected] if you are able to help.”

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CoolKit confirms one unit and offices destroyed in fire at Burnley premises

Eight fire crews were called to the blaze at the CoolKit premises on the Rossendale Road industrial estate.

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CoolKit recently announced it was launching a recruitment drive following a significant period of growth which saw a record order intake worth more than £20m. last year.

The business employs more than 100 people at its four-acre site and was intending to recruit around 20 extra shopfloor staff.

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