Balancing the needs of two burgeoning businesses

Needspace? was delighted in December to welcome entrepreneur Simon Nickols to a four workstation office in Crawley Business Centre, from which he will be running Ashdown Home Store and Nicko Toys following a move from his own local premises as the businesses expand

“Nicko Toys imports a range of children’s wooden balance bikes and trikes, perfect for teaching young children the basics of balancing without stabilisers so when it’s time to upgrade to a real bike, it’s easy and fun – not to mention less stressful for parents!”, says Simon. “We receive containers of 3,000 bikes a time, and the business has now grown to the point where it’s beyond what I can practicably manage myself so I took the decision to outsource the warehousing and order processing to a fulfilment house.

“My own premises are very local, but with no current need for the warehouse now, I needed to let my office together with it. I was able to find a tenant very quickly, but that meant I needed to find a new office for myself equally fast! Fortunately, Crawley Business Centre is really close by and it was the first and only one I needed to see; I was sold immediately. It’s nice and smart, and having the receptionist was a real draw as it means I’m not tied to the office for deliveries and collections.


“Needspace? couldn’t have been more helpful; the move wasn’t at all stressful and we’ve settled in quickly. It’s really handy for the station and there’s parking, both of which will help with our next step, when I’ll be looking to recruit a new part time member of staff as we continue to grow.”

The other of Simon’s businesses now being run from Unit 25 is Ashdown Home Store, a specialist online retailer of a range of home fixtures and fittings including kitchen and bathroom taps, showers, light switches and plug sockets.

More information can be online at nickotoys.co.uk or ashdownhomestore.co.uk

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