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Howdens Celebrates Opening of 800th UK Depot

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The UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier has opened the doors to its 800th UK depot in the town of Rowley Regis, West Midlands.

This significant milestone opening in the UK comes after Howdens recently expanded operations into the Republic of Ireland, opening 5 depots last year, as well as continued operations in France where the company has 60 depots.

Speaking of the new depot opening, Andrew Livingston, Chief Executive, Howdens said: “Howdens has recently achieved record performances in its key trading periods, and the opening of our 800th UK depot in Rowley Regis cements our intention to invest in our customers, by providing them with a strong product line-up, with high-stock availability, and outstanding service at a local level. 

“We understand that our customers, the tradespeople, are working hard to ensure that they can complete projects for homeowners in a timely and cost-efficient way, which is why it’s important for us to have a strong network of depots that are able to supply the buoyant pipeline of work that is evident across the kitchen and joinery market.”

The new depot in Rowley Regis has created new jobs opportunities, including depot management, kitchen designers and warehouse staff. Howdens has recently been recognised as one of the UK’s Top 10 Best Big Companies to work for, following feedback its employees gave through an engagement survey which was completed by more than 65% of Howdens’ 11,700 employees. 

In 2022 the majority of Howdens’ depot network switched over to using energy that is generated in the UK from wind, solar or hydro (water) power. Previously, depot electricity emissions made up more than 10% of Howdens’ total business carbon footprint. The move equates to a reduction of over 6,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of removing almost 1,500 cars from the roads.

Founded in 1994 with just 14 depots, Howdens has grown to be the UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier having delivered over six million fitted kitchen units to the market. Howdens designs kitchens to suit every home, style, and budget, but above all else believes in expert craftsmanship. 

It’s direct-to-trade business model ensures that Howdens’ products are installed to the highest standard, and its kitchen cabinets receive a standard 25-year guarantee, with a range of its rigid kitchen cabinets holding a Which? Best Buy Award since 2021.

Carrying one of the largest in-stock ranges in the UK across kitchens, flooring, joinery and hardware, products are readily available with no wait times so projects of any size can be completed without delay. To find out more about Howdens products visit www.howdens.com

Source : Howdens

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28 April 2023

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