Growing Kitlocker scores with move

Tom Ward, left, and Mike Kent, founders of Kitlocker
Tom Ward, left, and Mike Kent, founders of Kitlocker
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A Sheffield sportswear company set up by two students in 2005 is making its fourth move to bigger premises after turnover soared to £2m.

Kitlocker.com is celebrating its 10th birthday by moving to Burton Road, Neepsend, next month.

It comes after turnover tripled to £2m in the four years it has been in its current premises on Allen Street, Shalesmoor.

The firm was established by Sheffield Hallam University graduates Tom Ward and Mike Kent. Today it employs 25 full-time and 25 part-time staff.

Tom said: “It’s been an amazing 10 years so far. We’re very much looking forward to moving to Burton Road.

“We will have a much larger warehouse and production capacity as well as increased office space to accommodate new sales and customer support staff. Kitlocker.com is well established within the grassroots football market and the university sportswear sector.”

Customers include the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University as well as Glasgow, Oxford and Cambridge universities. Over the past 18 months the company has also supplied notable clients including The Football Association, McDonalds, Budweiser, HSBC, Mars and Carlsberg.

Mike Kent said: “This move represents quite a significant step for Kitlocker.com. We have built up some great relationships locally and nationally and have incredible pride in our Sheffield heritage.

“The new set up in Neepsend will provide us with a great base to really kick the business on, creating new jobs and increasing market share. Overall, it’s exciting times ahead!

“During my second year at Hallam, I decided to write a business plan with our ideas for setting up Kitlocker.com, and once we had graduated, we decided to take the plunge.

“We started by working from the upstairs spare bedroom of our old volleyball coach’s house. But business took off and we were soon looking for our own space.”

Since then the firm, retailer of the year in the Sheffield Business Awards 2009, has set up more than 100 e-commerce web-stores.