Ship supply firm sets up in new home

(l to r) Victoria Walton, partner Swinburne Maddison, Ian Gibbons, Giles McCourt, Swinburne Maddison.
(l to r) Victoria Walton, partner Swinburne Maddison, Ian Gibbons, Giles McCourt, Swinburne Maddison.
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SHIP supplier Gibbons International has dropped anchor in a new port.

The firm has swapped its Sunderland base for a new, significantly larger, home in Washington.

The family-run business, with an annual turnover of £3million, has purchased, a 1.3 acre site, with 12,600 sq ft of warehousing and office accommodation on the Crowther Industrial Estate.

Gibbons International has been supplying vessels with a wide range of goods including food, hardware and duty free products for 93 years and has its own fleet of multi-temperature controlled vehicles.

In the last five years, the business has grown by around 40 per cent, with a large proportion of the rise coming from deliveries to European and Scandinavian ports.

MPI Offshore, one of the market leaders in offshore wind installation, is a major customer and the company’s longest-standing client is Danish passenger ferry operator DFDS, which operates the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route.

Ian Gibbons, who is the third generation of his family to head up the business, said: “Over the past 93 years we have built up an enviable reputation and name synonymous in the ship supply sector for delivering quality products and high levels of service.

“We now have much larger operational premises, close to the A1 and main arterial routes, so the move gives us further flexibility to build on the current growth in the offshore wind turbine industry.”

Gibbons International was assisted by legal advice from Durham-based Swinburne Maddison LLP, whose head of commercial property Victoria Walton said: “Gibbons International is a North East success story and we are delighted to assist Ian on such a key aspect of his company’s ongoing success.”