Haven Books Announces Major Expansion

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The Haven Books Group, owners of educational resource brands Badger Learning, Pandora Books and School Bargain Bookshop, are pleased to announce the expansion of their business with a six figure investment in a strategic move to much larger premises in Oldmedow Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, which has doubled their operational space to 28,000 Square feet.

The Staff at Haven Books

The move has allowed us to restructure our warehouse, implement a new library area, provide improved meeting space, more welfare facilities, alongside the creation of a modern brightly lit, airy, cool, professional environment..

Haven Books Ltd has grown organically and through acquisition, to post an annual turnover figure of c.£15m in 2011-12 and employs over 100 people.

Managing Director Steve Cheetham said of the expansion: “Our old premises on Rollesby Road were simply no longer fit for purpose and following the significant growth of the company and in conjunction with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, we have developed a new business environment which allows for continued expansion, enhanced customer service and improves significantly the working conditions for our team of dedicated staff. The move has allowed us to restructure our warehouse, implement a new library area, provide improved meeting space, more welfare facilities, alongside the creation of a modern brightly lit, airy, cool, professional environment for our telesales and customer service operation”.

Sue Hansell HR Manager said: “Our team are absolutely delighted with our new warehouse and offices.”

Mr Cheetham also said that he was very confident of continued success in the challenging market of education sales due to the innovative nature of the products developed by the Haven Books team.
“Our excellent Product Development team are first class and in conjunction with teachers, publishers and educational professionals, are constantly developing well thought out and needed educational resources. Providing teaching solutions is what we do best and the new environment will certainly makes the whole process more efficient and customer focused.“

Haven Books will continue to develop its core business of providing books for schools and maintaining the position of being the leading provider of book collections for schools in the United Kingdom. Further expansion into the development of digital teaching resources, increased international sales and other non-core markets will also add to the continued development and growth of Haven Books.

Haven Books and particularly the brand name of Pandora Books have become synonymous locally with being the perfect job opportunity for those looking to couple a career with looking after children. The majority of the company’s customer service and sales staff are employed on a term time basis which gives them the flexibility of being around in the school holidays to look after their children; a perfect arrangement that works both for the individuals and the company. The company are very proud of its workforce and its long association with the Kings Lynn community, and the significant investment in relocation underlines its commitment to providing flexible employment opportunities to the local community.

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