Set up a consumer and retail distribution centre

With ecommerce growing in the retail sector, you may be considering setting up a distribution centre in the UK to expand your business.

Find a distribution centre in the UK

You may find that being next to a particular seaport, an airport or certain suppliers might be important for your consumer and retail business.

The UK’s major road and rail networks provide excellent connectivity throughout the country.

You can find and compare industrial units on a commercial property search engine, such as Estates Gazette.

UK logistics

The UK has many parcel delivery service companies that can get your products to customers very quickly.

You will need to consider your needs, such as coverage and delivery speeds, when choosing the right delivery company for your business.

You can find more information on the top 10 delivery services for ecommerce on the clickpost blog.


Freeports are special areas within the UK’s borders where different economic regulations apply and where you can access planning, infrastructure and innovation support from the UK government.

Freeports can provide an invaluable opportunity for leisure and hospitality businesses who can create a destination for both business and leisure travelers. You can also access a wide range of customs and tax benefits by expanding your business within a UK Freeport.

Find out more about UK Freeports on GOV.UK.

Health and safety

Creating and maintaining a safe warehouse will help to save your business money in the long run and avoid potential legal action.

You can access free guides on warehouse safety on the website of the UK regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Next steps

You can find specialists with experience in helping businesses set up or expand in the UK in the Investment Support Directory.

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