The managing director of a logistics firm which invested in a temporary building in order to win a contract with a potential value of £1m will take to the stage at the forthcoming IMHX 2013 exhibition to explain how they can enable companies to expand their businesses.
Fiona Strong of Ark-H, in Wilstead, Bedfordshire, will talk about how securing the extra capacity quickly helped her company; when we present a paper during a case study conference being held at IMHX’s Logistics case study theatre on Day Four of the exhibition, which takes place at the NEC from March 19.
Ark-H invested in one of our temporary buildings last year after reaching the capacity of its 12,000sqm storage facility in autumn. Erected in just nine days on a spare patch of land at the firm’s HQ, the 1,000sqm building gave Ark-H space for 650 pallets, allowing it to take on a lucrative contract to store vital festive marketing material for a new client.
It will continue to be used as an overspill facility until Ark-H builds a new storage facility in two years time.
Fiona said: “The temporary building allowed our company to grow, even though we were in a situation where we might have been forgiven for turning the work away.
“That was what impressed me about Spaciotempo. They shared our can-do attitude and that helped us win an order that we were told could turn into a million pounds worth of business.”
Fiona will be joined by our business development manager, John Skinner, for the presentation, which follows an open day we held at Ark-H last month, to showcase the temporary building to prospective buyers.
Scott Jameson, director of sales, said: “We are very grateful to Fiona for agreeing to explain to IMHX visitors just how a temporary building helped Ark-H to profit at a critical time for the business.
“Ark-H is an excellent example of how temporary buildings are coming into their own as a creditable solution enabling businesses to expand at a time of brittle economic confidence.
“Not only are they every bit as reliable as a permanent building, they can be hired rather than bought, they cost a fraction of the price and, most importantly, are installed and fully functional within a matter of days, allowing businesses to quickly respond to demand.”
We recently announced that we are investing £2m in new stock to help us meet the current demand. This investment follows a similar expenditure in stock last year, which helped us record a £6.7m turnover up 24 per cent from £5.4m in 2011.
Built on-site using an anodised aluminium frame with either uPVC panel or steel cladding walls, our buildings can be any size from 5m by 5m upwards and can take as little as 48 hours to erect by our own qualified operations staff.
They can be supplied as turnkey facilities with heating, lighting and flooring included and come with a 10 year warranty.
We are one of a small number of UK temporary building suppliers to manufacture products built to BS General Snow Loading BS6399 part 3 1988 and General Wind loading BS6399 part 2 1997, meaning that our buildings are sturdy enough to last for many years