Regal Wholesale Win 'Investment of the Year'
Leading discount wholesaler Regal Wholesale has been named ‘Investment of the Year’ at the Liverpool Post’s Regional Business Awards.
Regional Wholesale moved into bespoke new build offices and warehousing designed to accommodate the company's ambitious growth strategy in early 2012.
Previously based in Wallasey and established in Liverpool in 1984 Regal moved into a new 45,000 sq ft. building at Wirral International Business Park (WIBP) in Bromborough after working with local developer Redsun on a design that will double their capacity and allow for the unloading of six large wagons every 15 minutes.
The award was accepted by Chris Hughes, managing director of Regional Wholesale, he said:
"The efficiency savings we will make are absolutely massive. Our move is the culmination of years of hard work and will enable us to take Regal onto the next level of trading. Doubling our storage capacity and significantly increasing the number of people we employ are two of the main benefits as we will be capable of handling so much more work in this new facility. By moving to WIBP we are able to secure the future of those jobs and the business for the next ten years."
Mike Parker, Liverpool Vision’s chairman, presented the award, he said: “These are definitely exciting times for Regal Wholesale. From humble beginnings selling goods from Liverpool’s side streets they have become a national and international distributor in the last few years, seeing an increase in exports of British and Western brands to countries like Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Malta and Ireland.”
The Investment of the Year category’s other nominations included road haulage and transport company, Stobart Group and the outsource customer management agency, The Contact Company.
Previous winners include Jaguar Landrover, Arriva Northwest and T Systems.
A total of 10 awards were presented at the ceremony:
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The O2 Small Business of the Year category was won by ChargePoint Technology, a Speke based manufacturer of equipment used by the pharmaceutical industry. The runners up in this category were PlumbNation and Regal Wholesale.
The Barclays Medium Business of the Year Award was won by Sovex. GHA Livigunn and Mando Group were the runners up.
The Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Social Responsibility Award was won by Bibby Line Group. The runners up were Tesco and Newhall Publications.
The Liverpool Vision Investment of the Year Award was won by Regal Wholesale. The runners up were Stobart Group and The Contact Company.
The Export Business of the Year Award went to A. Algeo. The runners up were Regal Wholesale and Pall Mall Products.
The University of Liverpool Knowledge Business of the Year Award was won by Byotrol Technology. The runners up were V-Phase and Redx Pharma.
The Green Business of the Year Award was won by Bootle-based haulage firm Abbey Logistics Group. Eco Environments and The Print Room were the runners up.
The KPMG Business of the Year Award was presented to Halewood International, the Huyton drinks firm whose founder John Halewood passed away last October.
The Judges Choice Award was presented to Eco Environments.
The awards ceremony was hosted by former BBC broadcaster Peter Sissons and the keynote speaker was former FA chief executive Brian Barwick.