Jewson has completed transfer of its Ipswich timber import operations to Hull.

The closure of the company’s operation at Cliff Quay, which served the East Anglian area, follows the development of a £600,000, 12,500m2 open storage area completed at the Port of Hull in 2001, which is capable of receiving 90,000m3 of carcassing timber a year.

It also follows a recent £500,000 upgrade of Jewson’s Greyfriars branch in Ipswich, which includes a timber storage area where trade customers can pay for and collect their timber instead of going to Cliff Quay.

A total of 24 people worked at the quay. Three are retiring and the rest have been offered employment at the six Jewson branches in the city, where there are 23 current job vacancies.

Jonathan King, Jewson’s Ipswich area director, said: “The company is undergoing a successful organic growth and this move is part of that process.”

He said customers were contacted in advance and no problems had been reported since the closure. They can now choose which branch to have their timber delivered at.