P.G.S eco-site front

Bromwich-based delivery firm PGS Group has opened a new depot in West Bromwich and has launched a recruitment drive as part of plans to grow the business.

The new 80,000sq ft site is PGS Group’s sixth depot, giving the business a total footprint of over 650,000sq ft of space in the West Midlands.

PGS is also expanding its workforce, with plans to recruit a further 55 local employees for the new site - across warehousing, transport operations, administration, customer service and management.

The launch of the new site follows the group’s recent collaboration with Trax Express, which saw the group acquire Trax’s Holford Way facility.

The company, which is a member of the APC Delivery network, said the new depot allows it to expand its APC Overnight, next-day parcel delivery, next-day pallets, and hazardous parcels or pallets services on a next-day or economy basis.

In addition, the facility will also allow PGS to offer local businesses smarter and more sustainable storage, haulage, pallet and delivery services for customers, as well as helping the group to better serve its national customer base.

The new site, which will run on solar-power for at least 80% of the year, is also part of PGS Group’s ongoing investment into making the business more environmentally sustainable.

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The group has also pledged to be carbon neutral by the end of 2024, through investments into a series of international reforestation and carbon capture projects.

The company has already invested in a fleet of 10 e-vehicles - for use both within its warehouse facilities and on the roads - with plans underway to trial its first 100% electric articulated lorry later this year and take on more electric vehicles in 2024.

Paul Eyles, PGS Group founder and MD, said: “As a business we’re in great shape, and despite the ongoing economic turbulence, the launch of our new eco site is something we’ve been planning for a while to ensure our business is set up for long-term success; supporting our valued customers, as well as reaching our own goals of carbon neutrality.

“At a time when our customers across West Bromwich and the wider West Midlands region are passionate about protecting the environment, we are committed to supporting their growth and providing them with smarter, more efficient service options to help them flourish in the years ahead. Our new site is just the start of this commitment.”

Jonathan Smith, chief executive at The APC, added: “The world is still changing, and across our network we continue to work hard to navigate the evolving habits of consumers and the needs of our customers, and quickly shape our business to ensure we continue to provide a great service.

“PGS is a fantastic example of this; a business that is clearly committed to building for future growth, and the growth of customers.

“PGS’ new site and investment in its business will ensure it is well placed to navigate the continued evolution of our industry; and I am confident that the passion, pride and exemplary service that comes from the people within the team, will ensure our customers continue to be served well, now and in the future.”