Gifts company secure larger premises

From a bedroom to surpassing a million pound turnover, Gifts from Handpicked expand into larger premises to allow for more growth and global customers.

Gifts from Handpicked Director Natalie Yates said: “It’s great to have made our expansion move and got settled-in well ahead of our busiest time of the year, the run-up to Christmas.

“We already have a team of four employees, but we plan to have eight by the end of September.  Soon after, of course, we will be looking to welcome our seasonal Christmas temps.”

Natalie’s company used to be based at The Hereward Business Centre in North Hykeham, from where it operated for four years, before she finally had to search for bigger premises.

Now she is still in the increasingly busy LN6 area, where the online business is well-placed for fast access to the A46, A1 and other key distribution routes.

“We stock more than 2,500 lines, from around 100 suppliers of 250 popular branded goods.  Our worldwide customer base, which includes Europe and America, has grown and we are delighted to have made our move after a year in which we have doubled our turnover,” said Natalie.

Natalie is almost modest about the success of her family-run business, which she started almost by accident following redundancy.

Banks Long & Co Trainee Surveyor Harry Hodgkinson said:  “It is great to see how Natalie’s company has grown in terms of size and worldwide sales.

“We are delighted to have let her a modern 3,611 sq. ft. warehouse unit, which benefits from being on a well-maintained business park which is conveniently located to the major roads network.”