Ziebe

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Tenant Interview

Ziebe

Tell us about yourself

Ziebe Ltd partners with Förch GmbH, a German based International fixings, fasteners and technical chemical specialist which markets a product range of 75,000+ different top quality ‘C’ part items, designed specifically for the automotive, industrial, electrical and woodcraft sectors.

Our specialty is in the automotive aftermarket division, so to date we mainly supply this market sector with top quality ‘C’ parts and innovative product solutions. Approximately 90% of our stocked inventory has an automotive bias however many of the products also cross over into the industrial and woodcraft sectors. We have a team of eleven full time staff and are constantly on the look-out for talented and qualified professionals.

What does that entail?

Our business model is simple in that we are a marketing organisation, which imports Förch products from Germany and sells direct to our UK customer base. A key element of our sales process is to undertake product demonstrations to buyers because unarguably “one demonstration is worth a thousand words”. This also enables our customers to see the products in action and shows them how to use them to their best advantage. We also provide product certificates of conformity to our Body Repair customers for BSI Kitemark requirements, we also evaluate the End Users to ensure that the products we supply are being used correctly and in line with stated repair methods and procedures.

Certification is a bi-annual event, so as well as being an importer and distributor, we also provide service, guidance, training and support. We see ourselves as a solutions provider and our business strapline says: "Connecting Technologies By Providing Simple Solutions In A Complex World."

Why Westcott?

I've always been aware of Westcott Venture Park as I used to live in the village and in fact worked at the park for a while within the Motor Transport department for the Rocket Establishment during 1980.

So, in 2002 Westcott Venture Park was the natural choice for us to establish our new business. The security is definitely a great benefit at WVP and the rural location highly appealing as being a country boy at heart I love to return to the office after a busy day’s business in the field.

However, by far the biggest draw for me is the parking facilities and surrounding space. I like things to be neat and tidy and really cannot tolerate rubbish and disorganisation, so here we feel quite secluded and if there is any disorganisation we can sort it out immediately. My colleagues often joke it’s a result of my German heritage.

We have a good working relationship with our close neighbour N W T who help by storing our pallets and dealing with our pallet shipping requirements which is very convenient. So not only is the location right for our business at WVP but our working relationships with other on-site businesses are also highly valuable.

What are your future plans?

Expansion is the way forward both in terms of head count and warehousing space, as we are finding it difficult to maintain current stock levels. We are currently working to capacity and are looking to address the issue of additional business space and staff in anticipation of our planned growth.

What’s your message to other Westcott businesses?

If you require fixings, fastenings or technical chemicals for assembly purposes, we would welcome the opportunity to provide you with the perfect product solution.

If you would like to find out more about our work, please visit www.ziebe.co.uk


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