CWC Group constructing the largest tile distribution warehouse in the UK
The construction of a 109,000 sqft new warehouse, showroom and offices for Tile Mountain is progressing well at Highgate, Stoke on Trent. The plans will create 70 jobs over 3 years as part of a £10 million investment for the ceramics firm. Tile Mountain has experienced significant growth in the last three years including a 60% increase in turnover in 2015.
Chairman Mo Iqbal says this success has resulted in Tile Mountain outgrowing its current site in Hanley. Mo said “we are thrilled that our rate of growth will continue to provide further jobs for local people. I was brought up in Tunstall and am delighted to be able to be back investing in the area.”
Tile Mountain will be the first firm to invest in the Ceramics Valley Enterprise Zone (EZ). The Government-backed EZ scheme aims to encourage jobs and growth through tax breaks and other incentives. Mo Iqbal said “since its inception three years ago, Tile Mountain has become the fastest growing on line tile company in the UK. We are pleased to be part of Stoke-on-Trent’s business community and to be contributing to the local economy. We hope Tile Mountain’s investment in a site that has been abandoned for many years will help to trigger the regeneration of all the land along Brownhills Road.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council secured EZ status for the land along the A500 corridor earlier in the year. Deputy Council Leader Abi Brown said there had been a lot of interest in the sites. She said Tile mountain’s decision to move from its current location in Hanley and invest in Tunstall shows the company has confidence in the future of Stoke-on-Trent.
Marc Freeman, Director at CWC Group said “we hope the site will be operational by the end of the year. It is very positive to have the site brought back into use. This will be very good for the area. The site has been dormant for so many years – this will regenerate that part of Tunstall”.