As part of our values to innovate and invest today for tomorrow we are pleased to announce we are installing Solar panels. Xbite has been kindly awarded a £20,000 grant towards the cost of the panels from the Decarbonise Project, European Union Fund. The solar panels will help us reduce our CO2 emissions by 20,731kg per year, and generate 74,760 kWh per year of electricity.
The installation will be carried out by Custom Solar, a Chesterfield-based company who has completed many high profile installations across the UK.
WARNING EXCITING UPDATE!!!!
We would like to share with you some exciting news, possibly the biggest and most exciting project Xbite has ever undertaken!! We are exploring the possibility of relocating our warehouse operation to a modern 102,515 sq ft unit located 10 minutes down the road, just off J29a of the M1 at Markham Vale.
We have outgrown our much loved 45,000 sq ft unit at Barlborough and now need a Warehouse that has the space and setup required to deliver our current and future objectives. We also feel that this unit will enable us to deliver a better work environment for all our warehouse operatives, not only will we have the space needed to deliver better performance, there is enough space to ensure that social distancing is easier for everyone to adhere to, which we expect to be around for a while yet.
We don’t have the full details at the moment as we haven't signed anything as yet, but as soon as we have something to share with you we will.
I hope you will join us in the spirit that this is an amazing opportunity for the future of the business and everyone that works for us.
We are now proud to announce that we have partnered and built a trusted relationship with Pathways in Chesterfield to create the Step Up Project.
The aim of the project is to break down the barriers and provide support to vulnerable and in-need individuals who are ready to get into the workforce, this gives them the much needed step up to integrate back into society.
We can’t make this possible without the support from our people to make the individual feel part of the Xbite family and help them to integrate and feel valued.
We are delighted to announce that we have found a suitable candidate who will start on Monday 4th May 2020.
Find out more about Pathways and the great work they do visit https://www.pathwaysofchesterfield.co.uk/
Today we dropped by The UK Careers Fair the Novotel in Sheffield!
This gave us the opportunity to speak to lots of wonderful people and spread the word about the awesome opportunities we have available at Xbite.
If you would like to know more about the opportunities we have visit the careers page.
If a job isn’t advertised and you would like to work for us please send us your cv through a general submission! We're always on the lookout for Awesome people!
''2019 has been another year of significant change for the business. The progression of employees has been great to see and with a large number of internal promotions into new and existing roles. I look forward to working with all employees to continue in further developing the business.
Xbite achieved a 20% growth in sales during the year to £36m and continued to invest in each area of the business including a number of in-house IT systems. We have expanded our facilities to create a great working environment and we are looking forward to enhancing these facilities in the coming years.
Thanks again to the 110+, dedicated people making this happen.'' - Nick
“Thank you to the fantastic team at Xbite for their generosity in supporting the Chesterfield Foodbank, who help local people in a crisis.
I am proud to see the team caring for the community”. - Nick Whitehead
If you would like to donate to your local food bank and do your bit this Christmas visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ to find your closest food bank.
IT'S THE END OF AN ERA! Through the tireless efforts of absolutely everyone in the company, Xbite has successfully launched their new IT system powering the eCommerce and wholesale business. It has been a long time coming and certainly been a lot of hard work, but our efforts have paid off and we are ready and prepared to take on the peak trading period. The new system will bring improved efficiencies and new processes to the company and increase profitability. Now... let's party!
Any excuse for an ice cream truck! And a pizza over... and a cake... not that we need an excuse beause here at Xbite were celebrating 15 years of success!
This month we have completed the build on our warehouse extension which will more than double the operating space. Our dedicated site totals 45,000 sq ft with further expansion capacity for the future.
This new space may last 18-24 months, will create new jobs and opportunities for existing staff and meets our objectives of growth and investment in infrastructure.
There is a lot of negative news coming from our industry in recent months with Grainger Games, Gameseek and now Games Centre not being able to make things work. I am conscious that this will have an adverse affect on existing companies in the industry so I want to talk about my company and our current position.
Xbite has been on a growth curve since 2004, and today we employ over 90 people and have significantly diversified our business into 10 categories. We used to be 100% reliant on video games but today that represents just under 50% of our income. Last year our turnover reached £38m and this year it will be slightly less but with a significant increase in margin.
How are we achieving this growth? When broken down into key areas its nothing special. We apply hardwork, focused attention on detail, run small projects that either have direct commercial gain or builds infrastructure for future growth and are also now benefiting from the investments made 6 years ago in IT systems and our dedicated 4 acre site. The business works hard in every department including the non-core commercial areas such as HR, physical infrastructure, employee working environments and the various in-house IT systems.
To give an insight of the projects we are working on today:
We started a £1m warehouse extension in January 2018 of 21,000 sqft on our dedicated 4 acre site. We hope to fill the facility in 2-3 yearsWe have been running our apprenticeship scheme for over 6 years and successfully retained the majority, some who have gone onto high profile roles in the business. See the previous post below which includes a video.Recently moved into a custom built, open office environment which is modern and fresh. Due to our growth we need to further expand the office space by an additional 2,000 sqft totalling 8,000 sqft by September 2018.Continue our product diversification projects. We are seeing great success in a number of areas and find these items help sell our core video games offering on 365games.co.ukOur UK income has generally flat lined during April and May and we feel disappointed with this result given we are working at 100 mph to make progress. Given the recent negative events we are clearly outperforming the market.In the last 6 years we have invested £1.5m on our in-house IT systems and even today we are working on IT projects that will help us sell more, be more efficient and maximise our margin where possible.Although this is easily said, we enjoy great relationships with our suppliers. We are easy to work with we have seen a number of accounts grow significantly.
I feel Xbite will experience our best peak period in our history in Q4 2018 as we are poised to take advantage of the investments we have made to date. It's easy to focus on the negative news which is dominating the press in general retailing, but Xbite continues to invest and see growth in a number of areas and is not experiencing the significant issues other companies are facing. - Nick
Here at Xbite we thrive off supporting ambitious young people as they embark into their career and work life. We recently had the pleasure of working with East Midlands Chamber to do a behind the scenes mini documentary on Apprenticeships in a Workplace and what it means to us at Xbite' Looking for an apprenticeship? Check out our Careers page!