Hughes Trade opens larger branch as sales hit record levels

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Hughes Trade has relocated its Cambridge operation into much larger premises on the outskirts of Huntingdon as it announces a record year – with latest figures showing the company grew by 23% and hit a £20m turnover.

The new branch, situated just off Junction 23 on the A14, will carry a much larger range of stock than previously and is managed by Grentham Rush. It was officially opened by long standing customer Ian McCulloch from McCulloch Direct Ltd.

Hughes Trade general manager Paul Chisnall said: “We simply outgrew our Cambridge facility and needed more space. The new branch is in an ideal location on the Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate, right by the A14.

“Our vans will be able to deliver to customers in Huntingdon, Cambridge, Kettering, Bedford, Newmarket, Wellingborough, Corby and St Neots.

“This is another part of the continuing growth of the business. Last year was a record for us built on giving great service to new and existing customers both at home and overseas. We also opened new branches in Leeds and Leicester.

“We have seen a particularly large growth in our rental business because it offers so many advantages such as managing cash flow and taking the worry out of anything going wrong, while for many businesses it is also 100% tax deductible.

“We will also be looking to open a further two new branches this year in locations that will be new for us.”

Hughes Trade operates 14 branches across the country with 50 employees.

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