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New UK Head Office for Kärcher

15 September 2016

Kärcher UK’s brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters has opened for business at Banbury’s Brookhill Way this week.

The move has been a long time in the planning and, as the new site includes a Kärcher Center shop, a large Academy for customer and employee training, and in phase two a Wash Center for the public, the move is expected to make a difference to staff, customers and the local community alike.

When Kärcher in the UK launched back in the 1970s the world was a very different place, James Callaghan was prime minister, you could buy a house for £13K, and the now famous domestic range was still a decade away; Kärcher was at the outset a commercial and industrial supplier.

Today the company has grown to employ almost 300 people and its product range now encompasses 380 machines across 13 product lines for both Home and Garden and Professional users.

Commenting on the move, Simon Keeping, Managing Director of Kärcher UK stated, "While Kärcher is renowned for our commercial and domestic pressure washers, other products are increasingly coming to the fore - among them our window vacs, steam cleaners and professional floor care solutions.

"These are exciting times and this opportunity, afforded by the company's expansion, is testament to the quality inherent in Kärcher - not only of our products but of our team and its ethos too.

"In order to maintain continuity amidst our growth and retain key Kärcher knowhow, remaining near to our Banbury roots was crucial" explains Keeping.

Indeed the new site is only one mile from the old, albeit the environment will be very different.

The company is confident that the Kärcher Academy, through its certified training courses and Kärcher Center Banbury, through informal advice and support, will each serve to help better acquaint visitors with smarter, greener and more efficient cleaning practice.

The Kärcher Academy concept is a market-leading training facility for customers, distributors and employees.

Tripling the size of the current Academy will enable the further development of the company’s already impressive training portfolio, in particular to accommodate larger floorcare and municipal machines and specialist industrial solutions like Ice Blasting, Ultra High Pressure and Industrial Vacuums.

Moreover the new facility will enable year-round indoor training if the weather dictates, allowing more users than ever to access expert training, hands on.

The development also includes Banbury’s first Kärcher Center - a one-stop-shop for both domestic and commercial customers, offering sales, service and advice for the entire Kärcher range.

Kärcher Center Banbury will be the latest in a national network of 18 existing Centers, and, alongside flagship stores Bristol and Nottingham, the UK’s third Kärcher owned, Kärcher operated Center.

Kärcher worldwide aims to have 1,000 Kärcher Centers operational across the globe by 2020.

The new company address is: Kärcher UK Ltd, Kärcher House, Brookhill Way,  Banbury OX16 3ED.

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