Westland Workgear has recently opened a new purpose-built premise in Greymouth. Commercial finance from DWC has helped the company build the 1200 square metre building, enabling them to keep their warehousing operation on the West Coast.
Owner and director Lewis Simpkin said their original premises served them well, but became a constraint to growth, especially due to the lack of warehouse space and facilities for their expanding workforce – which has grown from two to 16 staff.
“We were faced with the option of getting a bigger premise in Greymouth or splitting off our warehousing operation and locating it in another centre (e.g. Christchurch), and retaining our original retail premises in Greymouth,” says Lewis.
Westland Workgear pursued the option of keeping the operation together in one larger building in Greymouth. Unable to find a suitable existing building they looked into building their own.
“Early on in the process contact was made with DWC and maintained through the whole project. We found the staff to be knowledgeable and helpful and very keen to help keep our entire operation on the West Coast,” Lewis says.
“We found banks were very wary about funding a development project due to their fear of the risk of significant cost over-runs. At this point we applied to DWC for a loan to cover the build.
“We wish to express our sincere thanks to DWC for their support and encourage ongoing cooperation with other West Coast businesses to keep our region going forward,” he adds.
From their new building Westland Workgear can now offer a nationwide service - all from the West Coast.