Bidvest Foodservice officially opened its new state-of-the-art Business Support Centre and depot on the Slough Trading Estate, yesterday (Friday, August 19). To mark the occasion, and symbolise the business driving into a new chapter, Bidvest Foodservice employees joined forces to pull one of the company’s 18-tonne lorries across the entrance of the building (pictured above).
Based in a 117,000 sq. ft purpose-built facility, the new centre will, the company says, increase capacity for growth in the Southern region, create additional opportunities for employment in the local area – for both new and existing employees – and improve the level of service the company offers its customers.
The facility has been designed for Bidvest Foodservice by SEGRO and KMG Partnership, and combines both the company’s Business Support Centre, housing central functions such as buying, marketing and the supply chain team, and the depot itself.
“This creates an opportunity for office teams to work more closely with the depot, thus getting closer to the customer and developing efficiencies across the business, as well as building better working practices,” said a spokesperson. Most of the functions at Bidvest’s old High Wycombe HQ will be moved to Slough.
The new building features a purpose-designed presentation kitchen, a “Smart Store” (a ground-breaking vending machine and mini store), a contemporary coffee lounge, a modern staff canteen and a commercial kitchen.
John Woolford, the depot’s general manager, said: “Our mission is to deliver service excellence, make life easier and help our customers grow.
“The new site is absolutely fundamental to this. Not only does it provide a fresh, new working environment with ground-breaking industry technology where our employees can thrive and grow, but it will benefit customers too. Its location on the M4 corridor extends our reach in the southern region by putting us at the heart of the area we supply and marks our commitment to cutting food miles too.”
The official launch was followed by a family fun day for over 360 employees and their families at the site on August 20.
We’ll have more on this story in the September issue of Wholesale News.