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December 13, 2021
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Carte Blanche Group

SIZE: 45,000 FT2
COST: £95,000

Carte Blanche Group

Products used


About this project

Founded in October 1987, Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd is a leading greeting card and gifts business. Supplying well known and loved brands such as:

• Me to You
• Tatty Teddy & My Blue Nose Friends
• Pudsey the Dog
• Violent Veg
• Wishing Well Studios
• Hotchpotch

The company has enjoyed rapid growth and success, from launching the ‘Me to You’ brand in 1995 and branching into humour with the acquisition of the award-winning ‘Violent Veg’ brand in 2008 to a new collectable character brand, ‘My Blue Nose Friends’, which became an instant hit in the UK and internationally.
Subsequently, Carte Blanche Group was formed to include Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd as well as new subsidiaries Carte Blanche Australia Pty Ltd, Hotchpotch Publishing Ltd and Lello Design Ltd.

Customer Requirements

Due to rapid expansion and growth with new product lines, the Carte Blanche Group needed to expand their existing multi-tier pallet racking system within their warehouse operation in Chichester.

Providing an additional 900 ’pick bin’ locations, the solution needed to be efficient and enhance the ‘picking’ operation throughout the warehouse operation. With minimal disruption and the whole solution proposed, designed and installed before the critical Christmas trading period for the company.

Carte Blanche approached trusted partner Spaceway, who they have worked with closely over the previous ten years.

We quickly identified that 60 lanes of pallet live were not being utilised fully. Due to the expansion within the business, the requirement for a full pallet picking operation had reduced dramatically.

Redesigning the incumbent pallet racking system, Spaceway proposed replacing a pallet live system with a carton live operation. Meeting the customer requirements of additional picking locations, whilst reducing pallet picking requirements.

Once the design was agreed and a detailed program of works agreed, there was only a small window of opportunity to complete the installation before the critical Christmas trading period for the Carte Blanche Group.

Spaceway installed 155 levels of a carton live racking system, with each level accommodating six bin locations; exceeding the minimum customer requirements.

The Spaceway Solution


The Carte Blanche Group how has the capacity to accommodate all of their SKU’s and product lines. Providing an enhanced and more efficient picking operation, with room for future expansion.
Designed and installed by Spaceway within 4 weeks, all within budget and exceeding the customers’ expectations by providing an expert solution for a busy and expanding warehousing operation.
Carte Blanche were so delighted with their revamped Fulfilment Centre they published their own news story on their website. To read the news story please click here.

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Nick Aikenhead


"I’m very pleased how they’ve gone through it all and actioned it and they’ve got good depth of resource, good depth of people, and good skilled people who work well and tightly and good communication. So I’m delighted."

Greg Bedford


It’s no good having just an empty industrial building you need a concept for space, a design, an infrastructure and someone to build it. Designing something like this from scratch with someone who’s willing to invest in your ideas, Spaceway is your perfect partner.

A J Wells

Another project well done by Spaceway. As before, we're very pleased with everything from concept through to completion.

Mark Rowe

Glenmore Consultants

The office fit out is superbly finished to the highest standards and beyond our expectations.


Thank you to Spaceway for the improvements that have been made to move Bodywise forward. You've done a very good job and we look forward to working with you again.

Richard De Crausaz

Cookson Electronics

Spaceway worked with us to create the perfect environment for our staff. The completed project was fantastic and utilised the space to provide  practical, modern and attractive working surroundings.


The project was designed to meet our specific requirements which included fitting in 20 more additional workstations using the existing space. The design works well and has met our expectations fully, we will continue to use Spaceway, they do a good job.

Alan Fisher

Car Link

“I was so happy I did not get bothered throughout the extensive works and that a strict timetable was completed flawlessly. Fantastic experience all round.”

Paul Callus

Plastimo UK Limited

We are delighted with the finished product. The space has been turned into an exceptional working environment, which will serve us well for years to come


The project was challenging to say the least with the removal of 280 workstations and fitting of 400 new ones, along with collaboration areas and 400 bespoke lockers over two weekends, but Spaceway managed to complete this along with office refurbishment works on time and to an excellent standard.

Stone Bridge United

We're very impressed with the Spaceway team and the whole project was installed without fault. We are looking forward to working with the team again.

Lydiard Park Academy

Our project was finished on time and to budget in what was a very short timescale, which is a credit to the team at Spaceway!

Redmayne Engineering

We were delighted with the service from Spaceway.
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