Gander & White, a Royal Warrant holder that provides shipping services to art dealers, private collectors and museums around the world, is expanding its operations in the capital as UK sales top £30m.
The importer and exporter of luxury items has just taken on a massive new 52,000 sq ft flagship facility in Wandsworth, boasting forty two store rooms over two floors and ranging in size from 12 sq m individual vaults to 365 sq m of shared use space.
The space has also been designed for future mobile picture screen system.
The new facility comes on the back of a 30 per cent growth in UK sales from 2014 to 2016 and a 37 per cent increase in overseas sales figures - a good way to celebrate the company also turning 85.
In 2016, Gander & White's UK sales figures came to £33.3m, while overseas sales figures stood at £21.8m. The family-owned company also has bases in Sussex, France, and the US, including in New York, LA and Miami. In 2017, overseas sales reached £30m.
UK Managing Director Oliver Howell said: “It’s been a huge thrill to be part of such an extended period of growth for the company since I first joined and to be running a business that is wildly recognised as one of the world’s leading fine art service providers.”
In its 85-year history, the company moved the world’s most famous cricket trophy, The Ashes, from Lord’s cricket ground to the Victoria & Albert museum - only the third time the coveted item has left the Lord's. It has also transported the Kremlin Armoury museum’s collection of English silver to a Sotheby’s exhibition in 1991.