Trilanco seals new contract and moves into new £7m home

Animal health and equine products wholesaler Trilanco has moved into new purpose-built premises and agreed a new exclusive UK-wide distribution deal.

With the financial backing of HSBC, Trilanco commissioned and moved into a purpose built 110,000 sq ft warehouse and headquarters at Mill Farm, Preston.

The larger warehouse, a project worth £7m, has allowed the business to significantly grow its range of products, increase its logistics capability and develop its own-brand product range. The business also plans to capitalise on its increased capacity by exploring export markets in North America and Australia.

In addition, Trilanco has recruited 12 new members of staff, in both its warehouse and marketing teams, to meet strong demand from customers.

Martin Balmer, managing director of Trilanco, said: “We identified that the main obstacle to the growth of the business was the size of our former premises and we set about formulating an expansion plan. With HSBC’s funding we were able to build this excellent facility which has already allowed us to offer customers a greater range of products, expanding on the 12,000 we already stocked, and to grow our marketing team. The building is a real statement of intent and will be the foundation for Trilanco’s future growth.”

Mark Johnson, HSBC’s relationship director for Lancashire, said: “Trilanco is a fine example of a market-leading Lancashire business that is not only creating skilled local jobs but also setting its sights on new markets in both the UK and overseas. We look forward to seeing the business grow and our continued support demonstrates our appetite to back local businesses in Lancashire and beyond.”

Trilanco has also agreed the exclusive UK trade sales and trade distribution rights of Harry Hall International.

Trilanco will distribute Harry Hall’s principal brands including Harry Hall, Caldene, Masta, Cottage Craft, Woofmasta and Tottie across the UK.

Liz Hopper, managing director of Harry Hall, said: “Trilanco has an outstanding reputation across our industry for customer service. With its brand-new warehouse and nationwide sales team, Trilanco is a brilliant partner for our brands.”

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