ColArt, the Wealdstone -based fine paints supplier, will relocate its residual operation to Shepherds Bush after winding down manufacturing in Wealdstone.
The firm had announced its intention to leave last year, and has been winding down following a consultation. Harrow Council had been trying to influence the firm to remain in Wealdstone, with possible accomodation on the part of the Kodak factory site now owned by Land Securities as an option. However, with the manufacturing closure confirmed, the company has decided to move the commercial functions to more modern facilities in Shepherds Bush.
A new use for the former factory site will need to be found, and ColArt say they are working with the council to explore alternatives.
ColArt had previously employed nearly 200 people at their Whitefriars Avenue base, as manufacturing of the Windsor & Newton brand was transferred to France. Now the Harrow Observer reports the remaining head office and commercial teams, and the research and development division will be relocated to new offices in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, by November.
Neil Robson, managing director of ColArt Fine Art and Graphics Limited, told the Observer: “Since the decision was taken to close our Wealdstone site, we have been looking for alternative premises for ColArt’s global HQ, which will enable us to keep all our 56 head office staff and provide a sustainable business future.”
“Following an extensive search it became obvious that staying at our current Wealdstone site would not be a viable option for creating the right environment and meeting our business aims. To this end, we have now found suitable offices, still in west London.”
He added: “Whilst we will be sad to leave Wealdstone, our proposed new London offices will enable us to grow our research and development capabilities; house all our current HQ staff in a contemporary, open plan environment and enable us to realise our business aim for building recognition and interaction within the art community.”