Growth drive manager, 20, sets sights on next project.
A YOUNG business manager is set for his next challenge after driving significant growth at a North East storage firm.
Joe Nicholson has exceeded targets at Billingham-based Box Clever since taking on the role of business manager a year ago.
The facility is almost at capacity with hundreds of caravans, trailers and storage containers securely stored at the two-hectare site, with an additional 100 containers introduced at Easter. Now, 20-year-old Joe is planning his next business venture - an import and export service targeting online traders which will be supported by parent company The Nicholson Group.
He said: "When I was appointed business manager I realised it was quite a responsibility for a teenager. But it's hands-on responsibility and the kind of challenge I enjoy.
"I'm now looking at how I can diversify Box Clever and looking at online traders, particularly those who require some storage support. It's a growing sector and our 24-hour secure access means we bring peace of mind for customers."
Joe, from Sadberge near Darlington, was taken on as a business administration apprentice at Box Clever's parent company The Nicholson Group in 2014. He soon graduated from the warehouse to the office, managing pallet deliveries across the UK before being appointed business manager of Box Clever last year.
The Box Clever facility has capacity for up to 500 caravans, with security features including automated gate access operated by key fobs, an enhanced CCTV system and floodlighting.