The new 330,000 sq ft Easy Bathrooms site at Calder Park in Wakefield – set to open in autumn – will create 200 local jobs and inject £9.66m into the local economy in 2022, with £1m set to be paid in business rates alone to Wakefield Council, per annum.
The move will make Easy Bathrooms one of the largest rate payers to Wakefield Council and one of the biggest local employers.
Presently undergoing construction, the state-of-the-art site is already supporting the employment of hundreds of skilled tradespeople and will create more than 83,000 labour hours for local contractors during the full build period, spearheaded by site owner Tungsten Developments.
£10m – funded by a loan from Lloyds Bank – is also being invested by Easy Bathrooms for the fit-out of the hub. 70% of the funding is set to be spent within the regional supply chain, including racking, sprinkler systems, fork lift trucks, emergency lighting and smoke detections systems.
Fifty vehicles are also on pre-order, in preparation for Easy Bathrooms’ anticipated growth, facilitated by the move, which will also create an additional 50 driving jobs. A further 150 roles will be created across marketing, operations, warehousing, and finance by the end of the year, and an additional 200 roles will be created across the UK. Recruitment will commence mid-summer.
When fully operational, Easy Bathrooms estimates that the site will inject a further £300,000 per year into the immediate economy, via spending alone at local cafés, pubs and shops.
Easy Bathrooms’ managing director and founder Craig Waddington said: “This move is the culmination of years of hard work and meticulous planning from our team, and I couldn’t be prouder to be creating jobs and supporting the thriving economy of Wakefield – the place where we opened our third showroom and home to one of my founding directors, Steve Browett.
“This year, we will open our 140th store. Wakefield will sit at the nucleus of this growth and be the beating heart of our business, so we truly believe that the site, which was previously designated as land for office space, will become an asset to the local vicinity.”
Easy Bathrooms will reach £100m in turnover in 2022 – the same as Victoria Plum, one of the most recognised brands in the market. Already employing 645 people and with a turnover of £63.3m in 2021, it is also growing quicker than any other bathroom brand and is the biggest employer in the UK bathroom market – with an expected 58 per cent growth this year.