Shining example of Lancashire success

Festive Lights of Chorley. Wigan warehouse
Festive Lights of Chorley. Wigan warehouse
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Chorley-headquartered Festive Lights is set to more than double its warehouse operation after plans were approved for a 25,000 sq ft extension.

Located on Hillridge Road, Wigan, the move will bring the lighting specialist’s total stock holding footprint to 48,000 sq ft and boost its distribution capabilities.

The expansion follows a bumper trading year for the global lighting distributor, which saw sales leap by 40 per cent and more than 88,000 parcels picked, packed and delivered during the Christmas period.

Festive Lights relocated its warehouse and showroom operations from Charnock Richard to Wigan in 2013. Complete with online pay-points and full click and collect functionality, the company has since developed its product portfolio to include home, decorative and garden ranges.

Stephen Alty, general manager at Festive Lights, said: “Our customer numbers and product base continues to increase daily, so we were beginning to outgrow our existing operation.

“We’ve achieved excellent performance by successfully adapting a sales channel from bricks to clicks that puts the customer first. Moving into new lighting markets, a keen eye for trends and designing our own bespoke products has fuelled growth and we’ve worked hard over recent months to ensure we’ve the resources in place to drive forward our ambitious development plans.”

As part of the expansion, Festive Lights will also offer third-party fulfilment and warehousing to local firms.

Stephen added: “This is perfect for starts-ups that sell on the likes of Ebay and via Amazon and have outgrown their current operations. Our new facilities will provide seamless integration, meaning orders are picked, packed and shipped accurately to their own customers.”

Appointed contractor, Wareing Buildings, is expected to start on site imminently and complete the project this autumn.

Founded by Mark Higginson, inventor of vehicle theft steering wheel deterrent, Disklok, the family run firm is headed up by Mark and his wife, Margaret, along with sons Matthew, Martin and Mark, and son-in-law, Stephen Alty.