We did speak to one or two other contractors but I have to say that Nexus were head and shoulders above the others in terms of the speed of turnaround but also the confidence we got dealing with them.
Northern Flags are one of the leaders in the design and manufacturing of marketing fabrics for businesses in the UK. They have been responsible for delivering the branding for major sporting events in the past such as, Le Tour de Yorkshire, Euro 2012, London 2012 Olympic games and the 2016 FA Cup Final.
Northern Flags are the UK arm of a larger company and historically they have imported products into the country for their clients from their factories all across Europe and the Far East. This was a necessity due to the fact that they didn’t have any production facilities here in the UK.
Their clients were increasingly wanting a quicker turnaround on orders and were at times asking for samples before pressing the go button on larger orders, which unfortunately Northern Flags couldn’t provide them.
They identified that this was an issue that needed to be solved, therefore they looked into starting production in the UK within their Leeds based warehouse.
Watch out our video case study for this project featuring Managing Director, Iain Clasper sharing his thoughts on the project and what it was like working with Nexus Workspace.
The search for a solution
At first they looked at moving premises due to the fact that their current premises had run out of space. However they had trouble getting out of their current rent agreement, so had to look at an alternative solution.
They required a solution that was cost effective and quick to implement, so that they could start production as soon as possible. They soon realised that a mezzanine floor would be perfect for their needs. It would allow them to put some of their stock up in the air on top of the mezzanine, creating the space underneath for their production room.
Northern Flags needed to find a contractor who could design their new space for them and then provide them with the solution itself. As Iain Clasper, Managing Director for Northern Flags put it, ‘we were so busy, we just didn’t really have the brain space to think how we could best use the space’.
Northern Flags invited us in to visit their premises, conduct a site survey and discuss their requirements. We walked around the premises with Iain and as he put it ‘were quite innovative with our solutions’. We analysed the possibilities for Northern Flags and the limitations that the building had and came up with a solution that they are very happy with.
Iain did talk to a couple of other contractors, however he said that Nexus were ‘head and shoulders above the others in terms of the speed of the turnaround and also the confidence we got dealing with them’.
Once we had conducted the site survey, we designed Northern Flags’ new space and how the production room would fit within their warehouse. Their production room needed to be climate controlled too, because of the print machines that were going to be housed in there. This was built into the design of the facilities.
Once the designs were finalised, we sent across our proposals and quotation to Iain at Northern Flags for his perusal and approval. As with all our projects, Northern Flags quotation was set out in such a way that it’s easy for our clients to see where each cost lies.
Once Iain and Northern Flags were happy with everything, they chose Nexus to carry out the project on their behalf.
The project involved the design and installation of a 100 square metre storage mezzanine floor with a climate controlled production room underneath the mezzanine within it’s footprint. The storage mezzanine floor features a pallet gate that has been installed to allow our client to populate the mezzanine with larger storage items.
We created the production room out of demountable partitioning, with windows included in some of the panels, allowing employees to look out onto the warehouse floor. We installed the suspended ceiling underneath the mezzanine floor along with all the lighting and electrics. Whilst an air conditioning system was installed to regulate the temperature in the room to be ideal for the machines.
We advised Northern Flags on all the building regulation and health and safety requirements for the build and ensured that were all followed to the letter.
Managing Director at Northern Flags had this to say about the project and working with Nexus
‘We did speak to one or two other contractors but I have to say that Nexus were head and shoulders above the others in terms of the speed of turnaround but also the confidence we got dealing with them’.
The new facilities have changed Northern Flags business completely, giving them the ability to produce their products here in the UK now instead of importing them from abroad.
We wish Northern Flags all the best and look forward to hopefully working with them again as they continue their growth in the future.
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