FR Jones and Son have today formally announced a series of significant changes to their business, which they are confident will bring benefits to customers and suppliers alike.
In response to the continued growth of the business and taking advantage of new investment capital, FR Jones and Son have taken the opportunity to secure significantly larger premises. The company will remain in Sydenham, South East London, but will be moving just down the road to a new, higher-profile development less than a mile from their current location.
The new premises offer significantly more space than the current locations and will allow for an even wider selection of products and facilities, bringing a host of benefits for customers and suppliers.
The new property boasts:
- 11500 sq ft warehouse /showroom space
- 1000 sq ft office space
- 500 sq ft classroom space
and will contain:
- 20m of trade counters
- Over 200 pallet spaces
- Over 200m of warehouse racking
- 1000m of warehouse shelving
- up to 10,000 pick bins
… and ample customer parking.
There will be dedicated office, workshop, showroom and warehouse teams made up of 22 staff to ensure smooth running and efficient order processing.
Key new features planned for the new location include:
Sound-proof machine demo room
A new sound-proof machine demonstration room will allow for running-up and demonstrating any machine, whatever the weather.
Dedicated classroom facilities
There will be a dedicated teaching facility within the new building to allow for manufacturer workshops, new product launches / demonstrations, staff training etc. This facility will be available free of charge to suppliers and manufacturers to provide customer education workshops on a wide range of topics throughout the year.
Climbing frame and demo area
A custom-built climbing frame within the new showroom will allow for proper testing / fitting of climbing equipment before purchase. Customers will have the opportunity to try a variety of equipment, as it will actually be used, to find the item that suits them best.
There will also be a demonstration area set up for rigging equipment to allow customers to get hands-on and talk to product experts about the different equipment and techniques.
With two highly trained and qualified splicers on staff, the new building will now allow space for a dedicated splicing facility. Key staff members were sent to America for formal training at the Yale Cordage manufacturing plant in Maine and with the qualifications they achieved, FR Jones and Son will now be able to offer custom in-house rope splicing, with proper CE approval.
As a result, they can offer fully-customised rope lengths with manufacturer-approved splices for climbing ropes, rigging ropes and strops.
FR Jones and Son’s three fully-qualified LOLER inspectors will now have a fully-equipped space exclusively for carrying out LOLER inspections. This dedicated space should allow them to undertake more inspections and to process them more efficiently.