A FAMILY transport and storage firm has secured a £150,000 deal to stock thousands of goods, including upside down wine glasses.

Stiller Warehousing and Distribution is holding 800 pallets of goods, weighing 400 tonnes, for import and distribution firm AddCore.

Bosses say the contract involves Stiller, based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, storing AddCore’s goods in a new warehouse, which was built last year, and sending them around the UK.

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They added the deal has enabled the firm to increase turnover, with 2017 sales at the end of December touching £15m – up from £11.9m in 2016.

Founded in 2013, AddCore is based in Scarborough and specialises in novelty gifts, glassware and lighting, supplying retailers and high street businesses throughout the UK, Europe and Dubai.

Matthew Stiller, Stiller’s managing director, said: “AddCore is the perfect client for us because they’re using both sides of our business.

“We’re storing goods and distributing them around the whole of the UK via the Palletline network, of which we’re members.

“Our team began working with AddCore towards the end of last year to support them in the busy run-up to Christmas and in December we were shipping on average ten pallets a day, involving five tonnes of goods, so it’s a good contract win for us.”

Stiller completed a new £750,000, 40,000sq ft warehouse in March last year, and Pamela Pllu, AddCore’s head of sales, said the outlay had impressed bosses at the company.

“Stiller have the capabilities to help us grow”, said Ms Pllu.

“The warehousing facilities are the perfect solution to fulfil our customer service guarantee and team at Stiller are willing to adapt and change to the needs of our business.”

Stiller’s staff numbers climbed to 170 in 2017 and the firm expects to generate more jobs with the creation of a £2m distribution centre, which is planned for completion this year.

Officials say the 50,000sq ft base will allow the firm to load 30 vehicles at any one time.