KUDOS commits to continue £650,000 expansion plan

Move of finished goods to new site in Cheshire makes way for expansion of Cumbria manufacturing facilities

Kudos Elmsfield Park 75,000 sq ft manufacturing site in Cumbria

British shower products manufacturer KUDOS has confirmed it is continuing its £650,000 investment plan to expand its UK manufacturing capability.

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The firm said the decision to continue came in response to ‘positive customer feedback, as the country encourages economic growth around the COVID-19 pandemic’.

Earlier this year, Kudos moved its finished goods stock from its manufacturing site in Cumbria to a new 60,000 sq ft warehouse facility in Sandbach, Cheshire. This was a ‘growth initiative’ for the business, which has manufactured its products in the UK since 1999.

The move, now completed, not only places the company’s finished goods stock in a more central UK location with easier access to the motorway network, but frees up around 25,000 sq ft of space in the Elmsfield Park, Cumbria facility for the expansion of the firm’s manufacturing capability.

In addition to increasing its enclosure output, the extra capacity will see the installation of a new shower tray production facility to supplement the existing tray manufacturing unit in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, which has seen growth by over 50% in the last three years and is rapidly approaching full capacity.

Founder and Group Chairman & CEO of Kudos International, Bruce Ledwith said: “’Whilst the past few months have been a challenge for all businesses, we’ve been delighted with the positive feedback and commitment to Kudos from our displaying showrooms.

‘I have personally visited many over the past few months and found them not only busy but very complimentary of Kudos, especially of our Retail Support Managers’

‘I am delighted to report that the full RSM team have now returned to normal duties, albeit under adherence to current guidelines on workplace safety,’ he added.

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‘The level of activity in our market sector and our customers’ positivity towards Kudos was a major contributing factor in our decision to press ahead with our investment to expand our UK manufacturing capability at this time.’