Experts in Statutory Compliance for The Growing Distribution Sector

Mar. 25 2021

A resurgence in manufacturing and the e-commerce boom partly as a result of coronavirus restrictions have helped to fuel strong growth for the warehousing and distribution sector, which is now one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Demand for warehousing space continues to outstrip supply and it’s easy to see why. More than a third of all warehousing stock is taken up by the retail sector and one study from 2020 shows that 17.2 million UK consumers expect to make permanent changes to their shopping habits as a result of COVID-19, with more switching online. It is estimated that UK consumers spent an extra £5.4 billion online in 2020 compared with previous years.

In fact, the latest figures from CBRE show that 32.57 million sq ft of logistics space was taken up in the first three quarters of 2020 alone in the UK. The strongest ever full year figure was 31.78 million sq ft in 2018.

This growth has placed greater pressure on distribution centres when considering effective compliance management and visibility. There is a variety of statutory obligations placed on these vast distribution centres with large asset portfolios to help ensure safety across the facility. This includes, but is not limited to LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations).

Bureau Veritas continues to work with operators to deliver inspection services in line with these regulations, whether this be on a six-monthly basis or annual basis.

Our services

With a nationwide team of multi-skilled engineers, a team of technical experts combined with a focus on software innovation and a wealth of sector experience, we offer a unique and specialist approach to building and asset compliance.

Our technical knowledge and experience enables us to recognise the variety of equipment that requires statutory inspections which include; forklifts, industrial roller and shutter doors, racking, MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Working Platforms), low level pickers

Trusted solutions

Gary Keenan, Chief Engineer for Mechanical at Bureau Veritas said: “Distribution centres are complex, fast-paced facilities with specialist requirements, which is why we have built a vast amount of experience working with operators to help achieve compliance.

“Our statutory inspections offering and innovative solution enables us to collaborate with our clients and provide a tailored solution specifically designed to minimise operational disruption.

“With a real focus on innovation, we can also offer cloud-based software solutions like Building in One for enhanced reporting and greater visibility, to ensure comprehensive, compliant inspections for a compliance solution.


“Bureau Veritas offers complete peace of mind from a trusted, global leader, so that distribution centre operators can concentrate on achieving their commercial goals in a rapidly growing sector.”

Speak to our team today

To see how we can help achieve compliance and drive efficiency across your facility, call Bureau Veritas on 0345 600 1828 or email