Xbite doubles warehouse space at Markham Vale

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E-commerce firm Xbite is more than doubling its warehouse operation to 102,000 sq ft in an expansion move to a prime industrial site at Markham Vale.

The Chesterfield-based company, which ships products around the globe, has taken a multi year lease on a 102,000 sq ft warehouse at Markham Vale J29a M1, as part of ambitious expansion plans for the growing company set up in a back bedroom 16 years ago.

The firm, which has a £42m turnover, will move immediately to the warehouse reconfiguring its current 45,000 sq ft base at Barlborough, just 10 minutes away, into an office for its 130 employees.

Xbite, which has taken on 24 staff in the last three months, and expects to recruit another 50 staff by Christmas and expand its executive team, operates brands including Roov.co.uk 365 Games, Maison & White, Pukkr and Shop4.

Nick Whitehead, managing director at Xbite, said: “We have outgrown our much loved 45,000 sq ft unit at Barlborough and needed a warehouse that had the space and setup required to deliver our current and future objectives.

“Markham Vale will enable us to deliver a better work environment for all our warehouse operatives, not only will we have the space needed to deliver better performance, there is enough space to ensure that social distancing is easier for everyone to adhere to, which we expect to be around for a while yet.

“The increase in online shopping plus our diversification from computer games and DVDs into home and gardenware has seen unprecedented growth for us.

Our homeware website Roov.co.uk is where our future growth will come from, enabling this expansion of premises and creating jobs.”

Xbite was started at home in 2004 by Nick and Keely Whitehead retailing video games online. In 2012 it built its own premises in Barlborough and reached a £23m turnover.

In 2018 Xbite doubled their operating space at their current warehouse to 45,000 sq ft to cope with further expansion capacity for the future and this year saw a record turnover of £42m. 

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