Operating from 44 service centres around the world, CR Laurence is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high quality products for the glass and glazing industry. From its European HQ at Kingsway Business Park, the business supplies in the region of 12,000 glazing, architectural hardware and stone-based products to professionals across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.
"We made the decision to expand onto Kingsway Business Park back in 2009,” says Managing Director, Simon Boocock. “Then known as Ebor, we had just been acquired by the USA-based CR Laurence group and urgently needed more space to stock their extensive range of high quality glazing and architectural products.
“Although we considered other business parks, Kingsway was the clear winner. Logistics are key to the ongoing success of our business and the park’s direct link to the M62 motorway was a major factor in our decision to relocate – particularly in terms of easy access for road freight. Added to that, Kingsway offered all the space we wanted, with room for future growth. It was also only a short distance from our existing location, meaning our loyal workforce would not be faced with a lengthy commute.
“Working from plans that were adapted from a CR Laurence service centre in Australia, the build began in late 2009, and in August 2010 we moved into brand new 75,000 sq ft purpose-built premises on Kingsway. With our business continuing to grow, in 2013 we then made the decision to relocate the remainder of our UK operations to Kingsway and acquired a ready-constructed 35,000 sq ft unit on the park. Close to our existing Kingsway premises, it brought our total office and warehousing space to 110,000 sq ft – almost three times the area we occupied at our previous site.
“From first choosing Kingsway Business Park to moving into our new home on Charles Babbage Avenue, we have received high levels of support from the developers, Wilson Bowden, and from Rochdale Development Agency. We are very pleased to have chosen Kingsway as our main distribution centre for the UK, EU and Scandinavia.”
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