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Laycie Beck

New multi-million pound Barcode Warehouse building in Newark opens as jobs created

The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire has praised Barcode Warehouse for creating jobs in Nottinghamshire as the business opens third site in Newark. On Tuesday, June 13, the new multi-million pound offices and Innovation and Customer Experience Centre, Newton House, were officially opened after years of construction.

Barcode Warehouse was founded in Newark almost 40 years ago, and today they provide solutions and services to some of the biggest brands in the UK as a technological solutions integrator, including Android, Honeywell, Toshiba and Epson.

Lord-Lieutenant, Sir John Peace, officially opened the site during a ribbon cutting. He explained how he was reminded of the old saying "It's better to be travelling then have arrived" before going on to say that "Barcode is still travelling."

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Chairman of Barcode Warehouse, Ross Lee, speaking outside Newton House (Laycie Beck)

Sir John stated how pleased he was with everything Barcode Warehouse has achieved and provided for the local area, and looks forward to seeing how they continue to progress. When asked about the company's impact on the town, he replied: "There's something about Newark, there is something about the eco system around Newark, maybe it's to do with the people that live here, maybe it's in the water I don't know, but we have some really entrepreneurial companies.

"They create jobs, they create opportunities for our young people. We are on a journey and we want to encourage more companies like Barcode Warehouse.

"This one has a long way to go and is going to create more jobs in Newark. I think this has got not just a strong national opportunity but international too."

Barcode has around 280 employees in the Nottinghamshire town, and prides itself on being innovative, finding ways to be more efficient, and always looking forward to what they can improve on.

Chairman of Barcode Warehouse, Ross Lee, said: "I'm proud, I'm very very proud of the support that we have had from all our suppliers and partners, but my pride really is in this team of 280 people who made this vision come true." He explained that the "business is in a great place" and that is thanks to the staff."

He added: "I think what we try to build is a technology business where we can bring apprentices and create apprenticeships." He went on to say that the business creates a wide variety of jobs in addition to warehouse jobs.

He continued: "We want Newark to be silicone forest. We have that dream, that vision, where we can turn our own young staff and bring together the young staff with our partners, and we are talking Google, Toshiba to Panasonic, they are great partners and supporters of delivering the vision."

Many of this businesses partnered with Barcode Warehouse were present for the building's launch, as numerous seminars and key note talks were taking place in the new building, and will also be taking place on Wednesday, June 14.

In addition to talks, partnering businesses were exhibiting their products, there were also tours of the new building, robot entertainment and a VR gaming area.

Barcode Warehouse staff member Charlie Roberts with ITSY Robot (Laycie Beck)


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