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Lord Lieutenant visits Beds businesses

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, has paid a visit to Prologis Park at Marston Gate as part of her role as business ambassador for Central Bedfordshire.

The Lord-Lieutenant visited Yusen Logistics, a global logistics company that offers both supply chain solutions and general logistics services, where she met with John Pursey, Business Unit Director and Steve Clark, Regional General Manager and other members of the team at Yusen Logistics.

Around 140 people work in the Yusen Logistics building in Marston Gate, which handles contracts for Discovery Foods, SpecSavers and Denso as well as for pharmaceutical companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline.

The Lord-Lieutenant met different managers for each contract and toured the warehouse operations. Speaking after the tour, she said: “I was really pleased to be able to tour the operations and speak to staff at every level. I am delighted that Bedfordshire attracts exciting international growing businesses such as Prologis. This is a great place to do business with excellent geographical access as well as having a local skilled workforce.”

Prologis Park, Marston Gate has regenerated the former Ridgmont Brickworks site to create a 1.3 million square foot industrial/distribution park. The park is fully let to occupiers such as Yusen Logistics, Amazon, Wolseley and Furniture Village, and has brought around 2,000 jobs to the local area.

Seeking to build on the success of the initial development, Prologis has gained planning permission for a second phase on an adjoining site, which will accommodate a building of up to 426,000 square feet.