Packed for success
An independent retail and business postal service which started at Kings Hill, near Maidstone, is going from strength to strength, extending its lease on the business park and planning to expand further.
Post and Packing, which offers packing, storage, fulfilment, PO box rental, e-drop shop and business support as well as normal postal services, is owned by Kings Hill businessmen Hugh Furness and Martyn Filby who bought the business from its previous owners three years ago.
The company has now extended the lease on its premises at 5 Liberty Square for a further five years and, having already acquired a further five outlets in the last three years, is looking to expand ‘quite aggressively’.
As well as the Post and Packing shops in Kings Hill, Tunbridge Wells and Sandwich the company has a franchise operation in Acton, Croydon and Welling.
“We are planning to open a number of shops locally – including Tonbridge, Gravesend and Maidstone as well as shops around the outskirts of London,” said Martyn Filby, who also owns Kings Hill-based Scanbar Technology. “But Kings Hill is where the company started and we love being here.
“We are in a great location in Liberty Square and have loyal customers in both the business and residential communities. We enjoy the community feel that Kings Hill provides and one of the best things for me is when I am in the shop and hear customers and manager Mike on first name terms.”
Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust, said: “At a time when post offices have been closing it provides an alternative that is much appreciated by our growing population.”
Kings Hill is a 24 hour live, work, play community, providing jobs, amenities, homes, schools and other community infrastructure all within walking distance. Amenities include an 18 hole golf course, Waitrose and Asda stores plus other convenience retail, three schools, Sports Park, cricket pitch and two gyms including David Lloyd, acres of woodland and open space and miles of foot and cycle paths.
There are around 200 businesses on site employing some 5,000 people and, with more than 8,000 residents at Kings Hill too, there is a ready workforce on the doorstep.
The next phase of Kings Hill’s residential development starts this year and will see the phased delivery of 635 much needed homes including affordable. A new primary school – the third at Kings Hill – opened last year and an extension to the community centre, additional allotments, trim trails and sports pitches for Kings Hill Sports Park are also in the pipeline. Land will also be provided for the development of a place of worship.
Land is also available for further office and business space development.