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Haulage and warehousing company Kidds Transport has invested £1.6 million in additional warehousing in Lancaster, following a period of growth for the business.

The warehousing space will provide 130,000ft² of storage and two acres of parking to help Kidds increase productivity and meet the growing demand from customers seeking off-site storage facilities.

It’s been a turbulent few years for Kidds Transport. In December 2015, it faced disruption when Storm Desmond wreaked havoc across parts of the UK. Kidds’ site was left in ruins, with some parts under 3 metres of water, resulting in the loss of around 8,000 tons of stock in the warehouse and written off over 100 vehicles, including their entire Palletways and forklift fleets. Any facilities that hadn’t been wiped out or washed away in the storm were also deemed inoperable, including the on-site workshop and offices.

Simon Park, managing director at Kidds Transport, said: “After a challenging few years we’ve experienced tremendous growth over the past few months. This investment means that we’re now able to provide our major customers with an additional local warehousing facility and will facilitate further growth.

“After the devastating event in 2015 we’ve worked hard to stabilise the business. This new facility will give us a total of 220,000ft² of warehousing across our two sites, which will allow us to expand our warehousing client base.”