Franke UK has announced that it is merging the operations of two of its distribution businesses, Sinks & Things in Ashford and The Sink Space in Cricklade, with effect from 1st January 2022.
The merged business will operate under the Sinks & Things brand from its current location in Ashford, which Franke acquired in January 2020. The Sink Space business, a solus distributor of Carron Phoenix products, will be closed and all warehouse stock and customers transferred across to Sinks & Things ahead of 1st January.
Following a review of both operations at The Sink Space and Sinks & Things, Franke UK says this move will create a simpler business structure, reduce costs and consolidate stockholding in one location, with products available for next-day courier delivery.
Sinks & Things currently distributes Franke’s entire portfolio including sinks, taps, waste management products and decorative hoods and, following the merger, it will also offer the full Carron Phoenix range giving customers access to both brands from one single provider. Other products available include Domus Ducting, Interbin waste management and McAlpine plumbing kits. Sinks & Things will continue to operate as part of Franke’s distribution network, which includes Waterline, Swift, Forth & Clyde in Scotland, Bodel in Northern Ireland and Kitchen Accessories Ltd (KAL) in the Republic of Ireland.
Franke UK MD Neil Clark said: “The post-COVID economy presents both opportunities and challenges and we want to ensure that we are in the best position to deal with them with a stronger, clearer and more streamlined service for our customers. We acquired Sinks & Things pre-pandemic with a view to investing in the business to take it forward with enhanced customer service, delivery and operations and we are staying true to that intention.”