Author: Richard Ellingworth

Superb news for Corby *Sofa in a box!!

Fast-growing ‘sofa in a box’ company to use Corby’s former Staples mega-warehouse as new distribution centre

Wincanton will be running the warehouse for its new client Snug

Image: Avison Young / Snug

A huge warehouse vacated by office retailer Staples has been snapped-up by Wincanton to be used as a distribution hub for a rapidly-expanding furniture company.

Staples announced it was moving off the site in Mitchell Road earlier this year, leaving dozens of people jobless.

But now Wincanton, which already runs several logistics centres around Northamptonshire, is taking over the lease on the building

The firm has been awarded a new contract to provide eFulfilment, stock management and final-mile home delivery services with online furniture retailer Snug.

The three-and-a-half-year contract will see Wincanton fulfil all customer orders, with large products being delivered via Wincanton’s two-person home delivery network.

Wincanton already has contracts with similar firms including Dobbies, Dwell, The White Company and Sofa Club.

Snug will become one of the principal customers at the state-of-the-art automated warehouse in Mitchell Road.

Wincanton has pledged to invest in the facility to develop next-generation robotics.

Snug launched in 2019 offering the UK’s first-ever sofa in a box, provides high-quality sofas on-demand for simple, no-tools assembly directly in customers’ homes.

Wincaton’s Managing Director of Digital and eFulfilment Paul Durkin said: “Snug required a long-term logistics partner to manage its warehousing fulfilment operations, as well as provide a critical role on the front-line meeting customer’s delivery expectations.

“Wincanton’s well-established eCommerce and eFulfilment capabilities, enhanced by our new development means we are well placed to support Snug with their continued growth.”

Snug founder Rob Bridgman said: “Snug started the ‘sofa in a box’ movement and in doing so has created one of the UK’s fastest-growing eCommerce brands. Snug’s ready to assemble sofas are delivered in days and assembled in minutes without the need for tools, setting us apart from all other sofa brands.

“As category creator and leader, we are continuing to invest in offering a world-class customer experience and Wincanton offers us capabilities to scale at pace and to deliver on our customer promise.”

Good news for Kettering

Cransley Park.

Echo hopeful to support this new site in Kettering in the coming months!!

A major firm which operates in 130 countries around the world has signed a deal to take on a warehouse in Kettering. Danish logistics company Maersk, part of the A.P. Moller Group, has acquired the biggest warehouse at Crossfire 14 – the site formerly known as Cransley Park just off Junction 8 of the A14.The firm is taking on the 101,134 sq ft unit to satisfy the increased demand for warehousing from its clients and it is expected to create many jobs, although an exact number has not been revealed. The unit has 182 parking spaces.

For more information:

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/business/global-firm-signs-deal-for-kettering-warehouse-parks-biggest-unit-3171135

Echo are donating to Aimee skydive for her superb charity, she’s looking for as much support as possible. Please have a look!!

 

Aimee Ballantyne

Aimee Ballantyne

A Corby teenager will jump out of a plane next month to raise money for charity after she was inspired by a war hero’s story.

Aimee Ballantyne, 16, is set to skydive at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough on April 30 to raise money for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.

She had watched a documentary about Royal Marines Commando Mark Ormrod, who stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2007 and lost three limbs.

Having been told he would never walk again, he not only proved them wrong to walk down the aisle on his wedding day but claimed gold at the Invictus Games.

Aimee’s dad Garry, who is ex-forces, contacted the war hero and asked if he would sign his book ‘Man Down’ for her. He went one better and not only signed the book but sent her a poster – and now Aimee wants to give something back.

Proud mum Lynnette said: “She is quite scared but also very excited.

“Aimee has one of the biggest hearts that I have ever known in a child and she never thinks about herself.

“She’s always thinking about other people and that’s what I love about her.”

Aimee, who is a pupil at Corby Business Academy, originally set herself a goal of £500.

But, despite the pandemic cutting off many traditional routes of fundraising, she has smashed every target set with the current total standing at more than £2,700.

She’s sold bags of Scottish tablet and held two big bingo nights, with one earlier this month having 90 people taking part on Zoom.

Lynnette said: “A lot of them were people that Garry served in the forces with, people who live locally or people from Highland dancing.

“She’s had so much support and it’s been brilliant to see.”

She’s also holding a raffle on Saturday, March 12, with some fantastic prizes.

Anyone who can donate a raffle prize or who wants to buy a ticket can contact Lynnette on 07944 531243 or on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lynnette.ballantyne.9.

And there’s an incentive for Aimee to raise even more – because if she hits £3,000 dad Garry, brother Will and his friend Ben have pledged to have their legs waxed.

Lynnette added: “I’m very proud – this has been an incredible achievement by her.”

To donate to Aimee’s cause, visit her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aimee-ballantyne.

Welcome to Wellingborough Sanda

We would like to welcome Sanda to our Wellingborough team. Sanda started with Echo Personnel in July 2017, working at one of our clients warehouses as a Supervisor overseeing 2 local on-site contracts. Hard work and her superb working attitude paid off and she has now being given a position as Recruitment Consultant in our busy Wellingborough office. Outside of work Sanda loves to travel in the UK (out of lockdown). We look forward to your next career progression Sanda!!

Echo recruiting 6 apprentice’s through the Kickstart Scheme!!

Echo are currently recruiting 6 new positions for our local offices, the positions we are looking for:

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Kettering

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Corby

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Wellingborough

1 Trainee consultant/administrator Hereford

1 Accounts administrator Corby Head Office

1 Social media trainee Corby Head Office

All positions will be full time hours with full training with potential full time job on completion of training scheme.

To apply contact your local branch from our contact page, good luck!!

This is superb news for Northants…keep it going NHS

“Northamptonshire is going great guns…but that doesn’t happen by magic, it happens by hard graft”

Health Secretary salutes county GPs and volunteers in delivering 86,000 Covid vaccine doses

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today hailed the “hard graft” which has made Northamptonshire’s NHS’ covid vaccine roll-out one of the most successful in the country.

Official figures showed the county is among the top three areas n England after delivering jabs to 87.2 per cent of the 80-plus population in the county.

Only Hereford & Worcestershire and Gloucestershire have a better rate at 89.4 per cent and 91.1 per cent respectively up to January 24.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Northamptonshire NHS' success in delivering more than 86,000 vaccines already. Photo:> Getty Images

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone used today’s House of Commons session of questions to the Health Secretary to ask him for acknowledgement of the roll-out’s success in Northamptonshire.

Mr Hancock said: “Northamptonshire NHS is going great guns but that doesn’t happen by magic.

“It happens by by hard graft especially by those GPs, pharmacists, support teams and volunteers who are doing such a great job in Northants.”

Northants is already well over half-way towards its target of delivering Covid-19 jabs to 135,000 people by mid-February with more than 86,000 doses of the precious vaccine gone to to 76,403 people by January 24.

And that was the BEFORE the new mass vaccination centre in Northampton opened with the capacity to vaccinate thousands more!

Chris Pallot, director of the Northampton vaccination programme, said: “We do know this vaccine will stop people becoming very sick and that is the most important thing.

“In time, this is our way towards the end of this terrible journey and it’s a huge privilege to be a part of it.

“To put a light at the end of the tunnel is a great privilege. It has been humbling to see how many hands have gone up to help.”

Peter O’Dowd, 80, travelled from Wellingborough to get his jab at Moulton Park.

He has been isolating since March last year and should have been soaking up the sun in Benidorm right now if the pandemic had not interfered.

He said: “I’m relieved to get it done. Lockdown’s been really bad because I play golf and I can’t play it any more.

“I feel much happier now, really, now it’s been done. I feel a lot more safer, more confident. It gives you quality of life.”

Discount Corby shop extends bargain offer to those on benefits and free school meals

GO to the website below to sign up asap

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/discount-corby-shop-extends-bargain-offer-those-benefits-and-free-school-meals-3092565

A popular Corby discount food shop has once again extended its membership to include almost all key workers and to those on means tested benefits and free school meals

To help families during the third national lockdown Company Shop Corby, in Princewood Road, has extended its membership to key workers and those in need so more people can benefit from food the bargains on offer – some half the normal retail price.

Company Shop membership has always been open to those working in the NHS, social care, emergency services, fast-moving consumer goods supply chain, British army and prison services, but throughout the pandemic membership has been temporarily extended to include almost all key workers including those who work in schools and the local council.

In order to reach families most in need across the region, particularly in light of school closures, Company Shop has also temporarily extended its membership to those in receipt of means tested benefits, including families with children receiving Free School Meals.

Steph McGinty, deputy managing director, Company Shop Group, said: “January is always a difficult time for many people, and the national lockdown and ongoing pandemic will put even more pressure on key worker members and families most in need. We have extended our membership temporarily so that we can support as many people as possible during this challenging time.

“We would encourage anyone eligible for membership or who has not shopped with us for a while to come into store to access some brilliant discounts which will really help to stretch family budgets.

“We are incredibly proud of those members who are working tirelessly on the front-line to support the national efforts, and would also like to thank all our hard-working colleagues across Company Shop who are keeping our shelves fully stocked and our stores safe.”

 

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