Alan Firmin Ltd is a diverse, family run, transport and commercial property business employing over 100 people with an annual turnover of £15 million.
Established in 1928, the company’s haulage and distribution business now has more than 150 vehicles and trailers operating from bases in Kent. The substantial 650,000 sq ft commercial property operation ranges from industrial units and warehouses to offices and starter units. In addition, 1,250 acres of farmland are now mostly rented to neighbouring farmers in Kent and there is a residential portfolio of over thirty cottages.
In 2006, Alan Firmin Ltd became a shareholder of Palletforce extending the scope and scale of services to customers. Constant investment in vehicles, operator training and transport related technology enables the company to fulfil their promise ‘Trust Firmin to deliver’. The haulage business recently won significant new contracts leading to the acquisition of new premises in Sittingbourne to house the expanded transport operation.
Michael Firmin, Managing Director explained “We wanted to work with a local firm and appointed Kreston Reeves nearly four years ago. We had heard good reports about them from a number of sources and have not been disappointed. As a company we always want to do things properly. With Kreston Reeves we have the reassurance of knowing that everything is in good order. They have identified potential issues for us and ensured that we avoid significant future costs. We have benefited from their advice on corporate and personal tax. They also handle our audit and payroll very efficiently.”
Alan Firmin Ltd is constantly developing to meet its various market needs. In 2010 the construction of a new 9,000 sq ft warehouse at Linton was completed and planning permission was granted for a further 16,000 sq ft of industrial space at the Wheelbarrow Park site at Marden in Kent.
Michael commented “ KrestonReeves have helped us with our construction projects, advising on VAT implications and the capital allowance regimes. I can rely on the team at Kreston Reeves to provide prompt, well informed advice whenever I need it. I am happy to say that David [Turner] has become one of our most trusted advisers.“
For more information on Alan Firmin Ltd please visit www.alanfirmin.co.uk