One of Banbury’s longest serving multinationals, Karcher, hopes to move to a brand new UK headquarters near the M40 later this year.
Currently located on the Beaumont Road industrial estate, Karcher first moved to Banbury in 1978 employing just eight staff and has been a Banbury landmark ever since,
The company has grown exponentially since then and now employs almost 300 staff making a variety of cleaning and pressure washer machines.
The new three-storey building will sit on a 6.5 acre site near junction 11 and is almost double the size of its current headquarters. The relocation also includes plans for the expansion of the Karcher Academy, a market-leading training facility for customers, distributors and employees.
The size of the existing academy will be almost tripled and will enable the further development of Karcher’s training facilities and allow more staff and customers to experience a blend of theory and practical learning delivered by a team of on-site experts.
Julia Streeter, customer operations manager, said of the Academy: “It’s multifunctional. We offer sales training and technical training to our own staff. We offer product training to our staff, our customers and our dealers, and it is also an exhibition and demonstration space for products, again for customers.”
The new building is less than a mile away from their current headquarters and continuing the relationship with Banbury was an important factor for Karcher,
Simon Keeping, managing director of Karcher UK said; “In order to maintain continuity amidst our growth and retain key Karcher know-how, remaining near to our Banbury roots was crucial”
Ms Streeter was also keen to underline just how crucial Banbury has been to the success of Karcher.
Explaining the importance of Banbury, she said: “First and foremost it is our staff. We have been here a long time and have built up some great experience within our staff and it’s very important to us that we didn’t move away from that.
“Our customers know where we are and it is a very good central location for them to visit, and that’s important.”
The development is also to include Banbury’s first Karcher Centre - a one-stop-shop for both domestic and commercial customers, offering sales, service and advice for the entire Kärcher range. Kärcher Centre Banbury will be the latest in a national network of 17 existing centres. Karcher hopes to have the building by June and plan to relocate completely sometime in September, creating a handful of new jobs and continuing their successful relationship with the town.