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Minoli Announces Major Investment in Oxford Head Office and Distribution Centre
Leading tile importer and distributor Minoli has announced the purchase of a significant additional site in Oxford to accommodate the expansion of their distribution and storage facility.
Having seen sales and general levels of business increase steadily since 2011, Minoli have made a substantial investment in the future of the company by purchasing the adjacent site on Transport Way in Cowley, Oxford. The site, originally developed to house a depot for Securicor, will be renovated by Minoli and used as storage for bulk lines and special production orders.
Minoli have seen a marked reluctance on the part of its competitors to hold stock within the UK for clients to call off as required, instead relying on the European production facilitates to not only produce but also to hold inventory.
Conversely, Minoli intends to increase its already sizeable and industry-leading stock holding, over an above that currently held in the two existing warehouse facilities, to ensure that Minoli clients can draw down on an even more extensive, permanent UK-based stock to supply on-going projects.
Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli, commented, “We are delighted to announce that our capacity to cope with existing and future demand can be comfortably be met now that this new site has been secured. 2015 was record year for turnover and, although we managed admirably, a little more space would have been welcome at peak times. Clients come to Minoli for service and security of supply and this new facility will give a valuable boost to our stocking and loading capabilities.”
Minoli Warehouse and Transport Manager, Chris Richards commented, “Although we run the warehouse to a very high level of efficiency, last year additional space would have increased our ability to hold more orders locally. Although no client would ever notice the difference between peak and standard periods, operationally we are certainly anticipating the benefits additional space will bring.”
Initially the site will be subject to a degree of renovation and adaptation works, in order to accommodate the requirements of the Minoli operation, but eventually the site will be completely redeveloped.
Jonathon Minoli added, “We have two unique and purpose built units on our main site, incorporating warehousing, showrooms and offices. The newly acquired site will eventually be completely redeveloped in order to be in keeping with the main Minoli premises and brand. We are known for operating out of buildings that reflect the quality of our products and the service we offer. Although as a bulk warehouse the newly acquired site will not be client facing, it is important that it reflects the ethos and values of the company, even prior to the full redevelopment.
Customer experience, design and architecture specialists, MEDA have been commissioned, along with quantity surveyor, Davies Boulton, to explore the possibilities for the site and to inform the very best utilisation of the land for the Minoli business.
MEDA, who were responsible for the design of Minoli’s corporate showroom in Oxford and the London showroom development in 2013, are also renown for their extensive design and architectural work in the automotive sector for brands including Lexus, Volvo, and Kia.
Davies Boulton worked with Minoli on the major development of the original distribution centre in 2002, as well as the company’s London expansion, acting as client’s agent and quantity surveyor.
In 2016, investment in the company will also include new stock handling machines, such as extending the number of Linde forklift trucks used on the existing site, as well as provision of equipment for the new site. There will also be additions to the fleet of distribution trucks with special consideration being given to the requirement to load and unload the new very large size (VLS) tile ranges (1200 x 2400mm and above) for delivery to our clients’ sites and showrooms.
A major investment in personal is also a priority for Minoli in 2016, with most departments seeking to add to the team, with a focus on warehouse, delivery and administration. Employment within Minoli is now above prerecession levels and with the new positons being filled, Minoli will soon have its highest number of team members in its extensive history of over 55years. As the new site comes on line, team members are expected to be added to again.
James Baines, Director of Architecture at MEDA, who have been appointed for the design said, “We are delighted to be involved in the creation of a new premium, high-spec commercial storage facility for the Minoli team in Oxford. It is thrilling to be involved in the next chapter of the Minoli brand expansion and extend our long-standing relationship with such a dynamic organisation. The new facility will reflect both the key qualities of the Minoli brand and its devotion to delivering exceptional service to its customers, with a focus on the operational efficiency that Minoli is so highly reputed for. The proposed scheme is intended to enhance the location and mirror the existing Minoli outlets to form a significant and premium presence in the area – something Oxford City Council has already warmed to.”
Jonathon Minoli concluded, “2016 has started well with the completion of the purchase of the new site, the go–live of a new computer system and enquiries and orders higher than in the preceding January. Work on the new site will commence in March, but as it is in fairly good condition, with most works only superficial, we expect to be making use of the space from the day of vacant possession.”
Press Release - February 2016
Latest Tile Trends, in Porcelain and Ceramic from leading supplier Minoli…
Minoli, importer and supplier of porcelain and ceramic tile is launching its new collections for 2016. Although many of these were previewed to leading designers and developers in December, the stunning new ranges are now becoming available to the general market and are available to view in the London or Oxford showrooms, online, or in newly produced literature.
A new range of Italian produced porcelain, which as well as having the standard sizes (standard for Minoli who are leaders in the oversize tile market) has the new 150 x 75 and 120 x 120 sizes, pioneered by Minoli in the Iconic Series in 2014. Stock colours will include White, Pearl and Gray.
DreamWell also has some truly unique features as mosaic accessories, a remarkable Herringbone feature for floor or walls and many mosaic and decorative options. This is a unique modern contemporary tile range, which is neither harsh nor soft; the surface itself creates a subtle and almost harmonious feel tying together work and living spaces. Like many of the more recent additions to the Minoli Italian Porcelain collections, such as BraveStone and LakeStone this series has the option of inside and outside use with the additional advantage where required of the 20mm Lastra external specialist tile.
A new range of porcelain tiles, available in both standard and large formats with a full complement of mosaics and accessories. Stock colours will include Pearl, Gypsum, Grey and White. Offering these new items in 30 x 60 and 60 x 60 with prompt availability, as well as the new large sizes of 75 x 150 and 75 x 75 on a very short order period form production.
The BraveStone replicates the delicacies of a soft natural stone, with new modern colours and a practical yet beautiful surface finish. Like many of the more recent additions to the Minoli Italian Porcelain collections, this series has the option of inside and outside use with the additional advantage where required of the 20mm Lastra external specialist tile.
The Light “Brush Hammered “effect offers an almost “third dimensional” effect that allows light to show the definitions of the surface, yet appear simple and minimal.
Received at preview as the standout launch for 2016, the new Minoli TwelveNoon wood effect tile range, is considered the ultimate example of the recently pioneered wood effect in porcelain tile. This new example, TwelveNoon is part of the genre of exceptional design, colour blends and with the addition of polished features incorporated within the collection.
The sizes, so as to fully replicate the wood it is influenced by are set at 20 x 120, but there are pre-cut chevron versions which create truly dramatic effects upon the floor, or wall receiving the TwelveNoon. The polished version, with its almost mirror like surface, a true innovation within the wood look genre also works to great effect when combined with the matt natural versions, mixed irregularly upon a floor or wall surface.
Stock colours will include Daylight and Ember, as well as the Honey, in Matt Natural finish, 120 x 20.
As with many of the new series being introduced for 2016, the availability of unique pieces, mosaic and Lastra external tiles makes this series ideal for developers, residential projects and commercial installation.
Minoli Evolution Etic… has evolved with the addition for 2016 of new colours and new finishes, notably the remarkable Lappato polished finish. This wood effect, one of the original Minoli collections, produced in Italy to exceptionally high standards, has led the way in porcelain wood effect in recent years, but has now had an injection of new colours and finishes to meet the growing demand for wood effect in more and more unique installations.
New stock ranges, in 22,5 x 90 cm size will include Venice and Hickory, with other items available promptly including the stunning polished. There are of course a multitude of accessories and mosaics finish pieces available.
Minoli Adds New Ranges to 2016 Contemporary Essential Collection AllOver
With the Minoli Annual Home House preview ranges all being prepared for launch from stock, there is another range that was not quite ready for preview in December, but we are delighted to be able to official launch this stunning new range of polished (Lux) porcelain now.
The new Minoli AllOver Series of Italian polished (Lux) and Natural rectified porcelain
This remarkable range has a unique look, which could be a marble look, or an unusual stone, depending on the colour and almost the angle of view.
Colours and finishes include polished (Lux) and matt, White, Grey and Dark. There is also a coordinating mosaic tile.
Special pieces will also be available in 75 x150 polished – Lux and the main colours will also be available in the larger 75 x 75 Polished (Lux) both to order.
Very much in the way in which Minoli Evolution Marvel and Minoli Gotha have been received so well for the remarkable recreation of natural stones and marbles, this new collection AllOver has all of the features of these very successful collections, but with a slightly different focus , giving a classic , yet modern feel – that is also truly luxurious.
New Core Essential “Wood Effect“ Porcelain Range Tree-Charme & Tree-Age
New collections of wood effect by Minoli, Tree-Age a range comprising of four stock colours and Tree-Charme a range comprising of two stock colours.
Tree-Age, 10 x 70, Italian Porcelain in White, Brown, Grey and Anthracite. These items could be identified as being both contemporary and refined, with a modernity of style that highlights the rustic origins of wood that inspired the designs.
Tree-Charme, 10 x 70 Italian Porcelain, in White and Beige. The range has a fascinating beauty, a reflection of the natural inspiration of wood, designed for the modern design styles, being both refined but also retaining natural beauty.
With these new ranges falling within the Minoli Core essential range, they are most competitive and ideal for house builders, developers and residential projects.
Commenting, Jonathon Minoli, Managing Director at Minoli, said: “With our exciting new products, we are changing the way interior designers and developers think about porcelain tiles. These collections open the door for a variety of new applications and will enable designers to create schemes that are truly unique.”
Business Matters, the UK’s Leading SME business magazine has interviewed Minoli Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli for this month’s edition.
In the article, shown below Jonathon talks about is inspiration and who he admires, as well as offering a little advise for budding entrepreneurs.
What do you currently do?
I am managing director of Minoli. We are a leading importer of porcelain and ceramic tiles, predominantly from Italy. The company was founded by my grandfather in London (pre-war) before moving to Oxford. We originally manufactured and installed marble and Terrazzo. My father, Peter, took the business from Terrazzo manufacture to tiles in the early sixties, something we’ve never looked back from. He built the company up with a particular emphasis on offering exceptional quality and service and these continue to be our core principles today. Unfortunately, in 1994, my father passed away aged 55 leaving me with his legacy. We currently have just over 40 people directly employed and turned over £10m in 2015, an increase over both 2013 and 2014.
In the 20 plus years since I’ve taken responsibility for the business, I have with the help of our exceptionally good and dedicated team continued to build the business, concentrating on servicing commercial customers – supplying housebuilders, commercial developers, and some of the larger retail and corporate occupiers. Our product range is extensive but the main focus is on Italian porcelain tiles, which we produce and hold at our purpose-built distribution and logistics centre.
Peter & Luigi Minoli
What is the inspiration behind your business?
I’m inspired by many of our clients, particularly the more adventurous developers and designers who are striving to create unique schemes. This drives us to source exceptional and sometime revolutionary new products that enable them to fulfil their vision. For instance, our launch of internal/ external tiles complemented our clients’ aspirations to create living spaces that flow from inside to outside.
Who do you admire?
Although it’s a cliché I very much admire my father and all that he was able to do in such a short period of time. He took a company that was very successful in its given field (Terrazzo manufacture) and changed its direction because he foresaw that eventually Terrazzo would be superseded in most applications by tiles. One of the lessons I’ve learnt from my father is never to dismiss a new idea. For instance, our recently launched porcelain wood-effect tile has been received extremely well by our clients even though initially the idea seemed a little peculiar.
Looking back are there things you would have done differently?
This year marks my thirtieth year inside the company and looking back I feel that I have very much made decisions based on what I felt my father would have done in my stead. If I have one thing that should have been done differently it would have been to open the London office sooner (Minoli’s London showroom opened in September 2013).
What defines your way of doing business?
The truly unique aspect of Minoli is that the entire team understands the importance of quality and service – and this is something we work towards on a daily basis. We have an ethos for holding stock, something which has become unfashionable within our industry (due to the costs), but we feel that this is absolutely crucial to ensuring our clients receive the levels of service they both need and expect.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’. Even now, with the company the size it is, with an exceptionally good team around me, I still work six days a week most weeks and I’m available to both the staff and clients at any time. I really don’t believe that there is any substitute for hard work and dedication. I’m much more of a ‘measure twice and cut once person’. My advice is never be hesitant to make a decision but try to avoid acting on impulse, because even though it might be the right decision the implementation won’t necessarily be there
Minoli – Luxury Topping Little Book of Interviews
Earlier this year Minoli were approached by Tricia Topping, of Luxury Topping a Consultancy for the House Building and Luxury Goods Industry to be interviewed for the Luxury Topping book and Blog…..
The book of interviews spans 18 months of interviews with a wide variety of people, from our own Jonathon Minoli to Antonio Carluccio OBE. Although the collection is focused towards London, most of the contributors, Like Minoli operate nationally and in some cases internationally.
Jonathon commented on being asked to contribute, “ given the calibre of the other interviewees I was a little flattered to think that Minoli was to be considered in such esteemed company, it is a great little collection of interviews in a wonderfully presented book”
Minoli Featured In Showhouse Magazine
Showhouse Magazine, the housebuilding “Bible”, the magazine the house builders read has featured Minoli in the July edition.
Minoli reports changing trends
Tile importer Minoli, which launched its new wood collections at the start of the year, is finding that wood-effect is proving to be the popular choice for kitchens and living areas. Managing director, Jonathon Minoli, commented: “Wood-effect has been a hit in our clients’ show homes. Both developers and purchasers like the wood-effect flooring for its warm tone and durability. Ever since it became fashionable to combine kitchens and living rooms in new homes, interior designers have been torn between wooden floors and porcelain tiles. The wood-effect tile provides the warm, homely look that people crave in a living space but with the practicality of a porcelain tile. It is not only easy to maintain and hard wearing but also a better conduit for underfloor heating.”
Minoli were asked to comment on Changing Trends and the article is very much about how we at Minoli have been very proactive in the promotion of “wood Effect” ranges.
With ranges available such as Doga, Axis, Etic, Travelling and Stelvio the choice and design selection from Minoli is simply stunning and being from Minoli it is a collection which is reasonable in price and of course available.
Jonathon Minoli, Managing Director of Minoli commented “ we are always delighted to be asked to provide contact to leading publications like Showhouse, especially when it is on subjects as interesting as the move towards our wood porcelain tile ranges”.
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Minoli Evolution Featured in House & Garden – Bespoke
Minoli Client, Bruce Tolmie-Thomson has created the most amazing bathroom within his recently developed property on the Wiltshire-Dorset border.
Utilising the Minoli Evolution Iconic Series to create this truly stunning room utilising the Evolution Iconic, base tile and mosaic.
With sanitary ware by CP Hart, and a bespoke Matki shower screen, the time, care and attention to detail in this room is clear to see and produced the most amazing results.
Minoli Evolution Iconic… a stunning range of polished and matt natural tiles and mosaics. Available from stock in 30 x 60 , 60 x 60 & 30 x 30 (mosaic) and with special sizes and finishes to order.
Minoli Featured in Metro Property
How I built my house in a hole… what a way to introduce the stunning Langtry House in Hampstead.
The article in Metro Property about the music impresario and business partner of established London property developers and designers Peter and Gillie Regis, Tony Gibber goes in to great detail about the build and specification of the development and the tiling by Minoli gets a particular mention.
Gibber, responsible for a string of Top 10 hits working with artists such as Billy Ocean and Bucks Fizz turned his hand to building and development after retiring from the music industry and seems to have the same magic touch of the superstar with both careers!
As always, we are delighted to be associated with such remarkable properties and remarkable clients!
Minoli “Featured” on Channel 4
With the demise of the enormously successful BBC TV Program Top Gear, the car related programs on other channels have seen a tremendous upturn in viewing figures and general interest in their output.
The new Channel Four program, “For The Love Of Cars” with its prime Sunday evening slot of 8.00 PM is attracting viewers who would normally have been watching Clarkson & Co on the BBC.
In one recent edition, Series 2 episode 3 “HOT HATCHES” the presenters, Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead revisit the classic Hot Hatches of the 1980’s and whilst testing the Renault 5 GT Turbo on the M25 in the pouring rain, there can very clearly be seen a Minoli Truck (all be it one of the older smaller vehicles) sat alongside them as filming took place.
The program is also sponsored by Alfa Romeo, a long Standing client of Minoli.
Minoli Featured in The Business Magazine
April 2015, The Business Magazine, the leading Business Magazine within the Thames Valley.
With another leading publication choosing to cover the Minoli Suppliers Lunch with a feature article, we are coming to realise what a truly unique occasion the Lunch was and how in these times when “suppliers” are being pushed and prodded by customers for more and more, for less and less, the attitude of companies like Minoli to work with and nurture suppliers, as well as concentrating on customer requirements is becoming a matter for great discussion in the business press.
“Pay your suppliers, in full, on time, without fail, no short counts” – J. Minoli
The debate on how suppliers are treated by companies, large and small, started in the supermarket sector and has now spread throughout all industries. A recent poll, carried out by the Forum of Private Business earlier this year, reveals that the majority of SME’s believe that the UK’s larger private family-owned firms are the most trustworthy enterprises to do business with.
One of these family-owned businesses, which can trace their heritage back to the Swinging Sixties, is Minoli. The company has had it’s head office and logistics facility based in Oxford for over 55 years and is a classic family-owned business, established by the current Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli’ s grandfather. The company, from their Oxford base and London showroom have built up a significant business, supplying the best of Italian specialist tiles both into the UK and for further export. Their clients include; major house builders & developers, the automotive industry, commercial developers, retailers & resellers (wholesale) and individual private clients.
The business has grown year-on-year, even during the tough times of the recession. This has been in no small part due to interaction with their suppliers, who along with the team, approaching 50 people, have helped the business not only survive, but to thrive.
Many of these suppliers are small and form the bedrock of business that is at the heart of the Government’s long-term economic plan. The Royal Assent for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, which came into force of 26th March 2015, will help small firms to innovate, grow and create jobs.
According to Jonathon Minoli, “Behind Minoli’s success is a chain of very loyal and dedicated suppliers, who have contributed enormously to our success. Some of these relationships were forged by my father and his father before him and have stood the test of time, which is testament to their mutual value”.
This year, Jonathon Minoli showed his appreciation for the support and dedication of their suppliers and business partners, at the first Minoli Suppliers Annual Luncheon at Home House, private members’ club in Portman Square, London. Around 80 suppliers, large and small, the factories, the fleet providers and even the florist, enjoyed a lunch at Minoli’s expense. A fitting tribute to their dedication to helping Minoli grow.
Jonathon Minoli added “We support and encourage all our business suppliers, we pay them in full and on time, listen and encourage them to grow their businesses. The recent government initiatives can only help us and our suppliers. In turn, we can continue to offer an enhanced service to our own clients and it is important to note the number that have in place, their own Supply Chain Charter of Corporate Social Responsibility”.
“Pay your suppliers, in full, on time, without fail, no short counts” – J. Minoli
The debate on how suppliers are treated by companies large and small started in the supermarket sector and has now spread throughout all industries. In a recent poll carried out by Forum of Private Business early this year, reveals that the majority of SME’s believe that UK’s larger private family-owned firms are the most trustworthy enterprises to do business with.
One of these family owned business which can trace their heritage back to the Swinging Sixties is Minoli. The company has had its head office and logistics facility based in Oxford for over 55 years and is a classic family owned business, started by the current Managing Director Jonathon Minoli’ s grandfather. The company from their Oxford base and London showroom have built up a significant business supplying the best of Italian specialist tiles into the UK. Their clients include major house builders & developers, the automotive industry, commercial developers, retailers & resellers (Wholesale) and individual private clients.
The business has grown, year on year even during the tough times of the recession, and this has been in no small part due to interaction with their suppliers, who along with the team approaching 50 people have helped the business not only survive but to thrive.
Many of these suppliers are small, and form the bedrock of business that is at the heart of the Government’s long term economic plan. The Royal Assent for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act which came into force of 26th March 2015 will help small firms to innovate, grow and create jobs.
According to Jonathon Minoli, ‘Behind Minoli’s success is a chain of very loyal and dedicated suppliers who have contributed enormously to our success. Some of these relationships were forged by my father and his father before him and have stood the test of time, which is testament to their mutual value’.
Each year, Jonathon Minoli shows his appreciation for the support and dedication of their suppliers and business partners at an annual lunch. Around 80 suppliers, large and small; the factories, the fleet providers and even the florist, enjoy a lunch at Minoli’s expense. A fitting tribute to their dedication to helping Minoli grow.
Jonathon Minoli added ‘We support and encourage all our business suppliers; we pay them in full and on time, listen and encourage them to grow their businesses. The recent government initiatives can only help us and our suppliers. In turn, we can continue to offer an enhanced service to our own clients and it is important to note that number have in place their own Supply Chain Charter of Corporate Social Responsibility’.
Minoli Featured in The London Business Journal
London Business Journal, leading web based publication, Volume 2 – Issue 2
This Month, the London Business Journal has a two page feature in the its latest edition about Minoli and how business is for a 55 year old family business in the SME sector.
The in-depth article can be seen below and the full journal can be seen on the following link: The London Business Journal (Page 8-9)
Please find attached link to the latest Wealth Report from Knight Frank (Estate Agent), a truly fascinating report that discusses issues such as Luxury Residential Property (much of which in London is built by Minoli clients, using Minoli’ s new ranges such as Evolution Marvel), Wealth Creation and Commercial Property Reports.
Rupert Bates, Editor, Founder and top man at Show house magazine, was a guest at the Minoli 2015 preview evening , held at Home House on December 1st last year.
Writing in his Squirrel column in the January edition of his Show House Magazine , Rupert recounts the fun enjoyed on the night at Home House and how the event was … as advertised … Truly Marvellous….
With the provisional date already set for the 2016 preview, we are looking forward to welcoming “Squirrel” back to the party……
Minoli Featured in Tile and Stone Journal
The leading publication for the tile industry, Tile and Stone Journal has featured Minoli in its latest edition.
The Tile and Stone Journal – February 2015
The article details the Minoli Home House preview event held on December 1st of last year.
Jonathon Minoli, Managing Director of Minoli commented “ I am delighted to receive coverage in the prestigious Tile and Stone Journal and the timing of this article is just perfect for us, as the new ranges previewed at the Home House event are now coming in to stock, with many of them already available to our clients for retail display, and specifications, this year promises to be a very exciting year for Minoli and our clients.”