Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Bristol needs Enterprise Zone for distribution

A Bristol property agent has called for an “Enterprise Zone” stimulus for distribution after the last 35,000 sq ft warehouse in the area was let to JJ Food Service.

JJ, which supplies food to restaurants, schools and business premises, is investing £5.1m in the 35,000 sq ft warehouse at Emersons Green in Bristol which is expected to open in December.

The call for a “distribution Enterprise Zone” came from Jonathan Allen, distribution and warehouse specialist at Colliers International in Bristol, who brokered the deal.

He said: “It was one of the last buildings available in this size range in the greater Bristol area and with no speculative development going on there is a real danger of the city losing out on distribution business in the future.

“In the current economic situation it is disappointing that nothing is being done to stimulate the distribution and warehouse market. Bristol’s Enterprise Zone near Temple Meads is primarily an office location and we would like to see a similar stimulus given to the distribution market locally.”

The Emersons Green site will enable JJ Food Service to offer additional delivery days as well as extending delivery areas.

The company said that Bristol was chosen as it had high levels of population which benefited the customer collection aspect of the business.

“It is anticipated that up to 100 new jobs will be created locally including drivers, warehouse staff and general office personnel.”

JJ Food Service, which is based at Solar Way in Enfield,  said it was actively looking for additional property in Scotland.