DP World announces first manufacturing tenants at London Gateway Logistics Park

DP World has announced its first new tenants at its London Gateway Logistics Park, part of the Thames Freeport with two manufacturers that have chosen to invest in the site and create jobs in a significant expansion of their UK operations.

Thames Freeport is a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to stimulate trade, drive innovation, support energy transition, and transform the lives of people in London and the boroughs to its east.

Ranson, a Belgian food and catering products business, and Destiny Entertainments, which imports and modifies audio and video products, will move to the Freeport in Q1 2024. Creating hubs for manufacturing and innovation was a central reason for the Government’s introduction of the flagship policy two years ago.

By locating at London Gateway Logistics Park, which is a part of DP World’s end-to-end logistics network, the companies will benefit from proximity to Europe’s largest and most economically important consumer market, with 18 million people on its doorstep.

Being part of Thames Freeport also brings unrivalled global connectivity to 130 ports in over 65 countries and the option to utilise the freeport’s customs procedures.

Oliver Treneman, Vice President, Park Development at DP World, commented: “The location of Ranson and Destiny Entertainments at London Gateway is another milestone for DP World and Thames Freeport.

“Our port-centric Logistics Park forms a core part of our integrated end-to-end approach, providing supply chain solutions such as port-to-park and park-to-port services, together with outstanding road links and access to an adjacent rail terminal.”

“The combination of shovel-ready infrastructure and highly engaged local authorities reduces the time, cost and complexity of establishing operations on site, making it the ideal location for value added manufacturing.

“We are committed to creating the right environment for all tenants to grow and bring jobs, skills and new opportunities to Thurrock and the wider regional economy.”

Bruno Ranson, Chief Executive Officer, Ranson Group, added: “We are very excited to be relocating to London Gateway in the near-future and becoming an active part of an energetic Freeport.

“We know that this will open up many more opportunities for our company and enable us to improve and increase the trading possibilities with partners on both sides of the water for many years to come.”

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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