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UDS Freight expands footprint in Ballymena

UDS Freight sign at company HQ in Galgorm, Ballymena.

 

Family owned UDS Freight has located to the Logistics building in Galgorm Industrial Estate, Ballymena, to accommodate recent growth and future expansion plans.

  

UDS Freight provides a one stop shop for customs, shipping, and transportation requirements across Europe, alongside the provision of global logistics knowledge and expertise.



The formation of UDS Freight took place in 2021, by family member and Managing Director Chris Hutchinson and the company has grown significantly and now offers an end-to-end freight transport and shipping solution available through an extensive network of logistics partners.

 

Chris commented:


“UDS Freight approached Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in September 2022 as we were looking for a property in Ballymena to accommodate our large scale expansion and growth plans.



“Council used a simple dedicated Property Request System, and once submitted, the Council team conducted an extensive search on behalf of UDS Freight for suitable properties in the Borough based on our requirements. Within a few days, the team presented us with a list of options.”


Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Chris Hutchinson and Lauren Hutchinson of UDS Freight.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Chris Hutchinson and Lauren Hutchinson of UDS Freight.


Chris continued:


“We investigated the offering at the Logistics Building at Galgorm and in late 2022, UDS Freight agreed a long-term lease with the owners and took up residence at the Logistics Building in Spring 2023.”

 

Chris added:


“In addition to the support on property, we have also benefited from Council support including mentoring assistance focused on financial forecasting and growth projections and digital marketing mentoring through the Digital Boost programme which provided us with knowledge to grow our Social Media presence. Furthermore, with help from the Council we recently secured a tenant to sub-let space which we do not require for our own operations at this time.” 

 


The logistics building on Fenaghy Road, Galgorm offers an impressive 85,000sq ft location encompassing a large warehouse with four electric roller shutter bays, ground and first floor offices, training rooms, workshops, WC and kitchen facilities alongside dedicated car parking, all contained within a secure site.

 

In the short term UDS Freight are utilising part of the site so opportunities exist to licence available space from UDS Freight. A number of tenants have already taken up residence in the Logistics Building but there is additional space remaining.


If you are interested, contact Chris at UDS directly at chris@udsfreight.com.

 


Congratulating UDS Freight on its expansion, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna said:


“We welcome UDS Freight to their new location at Galgorm Industrial Estate which is providing the company space to grow their operations.


"UDS Freight is at an exciting stage in their development, facilitated through Council’s suite of business support and growth programmes which help businesses put vital growth plans into place, and bring employment opportunities to local people in our Borough. I wish Chris and the team success with the continued expansion of their business.”

 


To find out further information on the Property Request process email invest@midandeastantrim.gov.uk or to avail of the support to grow your business contact amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

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