From Funerals To Fabrics

Warehouse premises on Rekendyke Industrial Estate, South Shields have undergone a transformation as BST Fabrics Ltd complete a new 10 year lease to take the whole of Block 7.

The property which had been occupied by Peter Johnson Funerals Ltd for the past 15 years became available in August 2018 on the expiration of their lease. Following an entire refurbishment of the 6,775 sq ft unit a new lease was secured with BST Fabrics Ltd, who have moved from nearby Middlefields Industrial Estate.

Both properties are owned by Northern Trust Company Ltd, a major provider of industrial floorspace in the area and are actively managed by Northern Trust’s in-house surveying practice Whittle Jones Asset Management. Angus Todd, Management Surveyor at Whittle Jones North East commented “It has been fantastic to secure a new letting for this unit only days after the refurbishment works were completed. This is testament to the investment in the property shown by Northern Trust and excellent work carried out by our approved contractors, who complete works to the highest standards and enable us to provide occupiers with excellent quality accommodation.”

On receiving notice that the property was to become available, Whittle Jones worked closely with BST Fabrics who required further space to continue their business growth. Angus added “It has been great working with Gary and Tracy in order to help facilitate a third expansion of their business within the Northern Trust portfolio. A lot of hard work has seen them grow from a 500 sq ft unit to 6,775 sq ft in less than 3 years and this encapsulates Northern Trust’s ethos in trying to help their tenants grow.”

Whittle Jones Welcome BST Fabrics to Rekendyke Industrial Estate”; from left to right: Gary Pickering, Director at BST Fabrics, Angus Todd, Management Surveyor at Whittle Jones; Tracy Akinrogunde of BST Fabrics.

BST Fabrics provide a varied range of fabrics including hessian, jute, calico, silks and now have room to offer many more. The fabrics can be purchased at their new unit on Rekendyke Industrial Estate or directly from their website Gary and Tracy also run Facebook live events for their keenest of followers.

Gary Pickering, Director of BST Fabrics said “Whittle Jones have been superb in helping provide us with a platform to expand our business, the flexibility they can offer to a growing business such as ours sets them ahead of other business space providers and coupled with their helpful ‘can do attitude’ this has helped us outperform our targets over the last 3 years.

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