Weidenhammer – New 110,000sq ft, £10m facility

Commenting on Gordons, Ralf Weidenhammer, CEO at Weidenhammer Packaging Group said: “Gordons helped the Weidenhammer Group to successfully establish our new factory in Bradford.  They provide an excellent, proactive service at all times.  Their experience and local knowledge proved to be invaluable both before and during the construction phase.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Gordons to other organisations.”

Law firm Gordons has played an important role in ensuring one of the most advanced can factories in Europe is located in Bradford.

Weidenhammer UK, has now opened the £10m production facility spanning 110,000 sq ft in Royds Lane, Buttershaw.

The company, which can trace its Bradford roots back to 1851, was previously based in the city’s Lidget Green and had considered leaving the area when the need for a bigger site arose. Instead, the organisation, whose customers include United Biscuits, Cadbury and Nestle, stayed in the district and retained its 60 local employees.

Weidenhammer UK is part of Europe’s leading supplier of composite cans and drums, luxury tubes and plastic containers, based in Hockenheim, Germany. The British company is now aiming to raise annual UK turnover from £8m to £15m by 2015, which could mean 20 to 30 further jobs being created in Bradford.

Managing partner Paul Ayre led a team of the firm’s commercial property specialists who advised Weidenhammer UK on the acquisition of the land at the site.

Paul Barber, General Manager with Weidenhammer UK, said: “Gordons’ advice combined obvious in-depth legal knowledge with great commercial practicality, which is a blend companies like ours want but don’t always receive. They did a great job and we’re very grateful for the vital contribution they made to the new factory becoming a reality.”

Paul Ayre said: “We worked closely with the client to ensure the transaction was completed according to tight agreed timescales and to its complete satisfaction. The business is now in an ideal position to implement its growth plans and bring further jobs to Bradford.”

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