A WORCESTER firm has expanded by eight times its size at its base at Shrub Hill Industrial Estate, Worcester.

Global costume retailer, Fancy Dress Worldwide, first leased a 700 sq ft unit at Shrub Hill when the company was founded three years ago.

The specialist fancy dress outlet quickly outgrew the space and took occupation of a larger unit of 1,749 sq ft last year.

The business has continued to rapidly expand, now enabling it to take a new five-year lease on a unit of 14,669 sq ft – more than eight times the size of their previous space.

Fancy Dress Worldwide now trades with more than 150,000 customers in more than 40 countries. The latest expansion will create up to 50 new jobs in the area.

The firm's expansion has been enabled through the support of regeneration specialist, St Modwen.

Dominic Portman, owner of Fancy Dress Worldwide, said: “The business has grown rapidly in the past few years and we’ve been lucky to lease bigger units on the same industrial estate.

"The new unit will enable us to expand in line with our growth and will provide a central hub for our international operations.”

Jonathan Green, director of asset management at St Modwen, said: “The expansion and relocation of Fancy Dress World Wide twice within 12 months evidences the flexible approach we have and our commitment to listening to our occupiers in finding space that is right for them – and in this case, facilitating the rapid growth of a local business.

“Shrub Hill Industrial Estate is one of the longest held properties in our portfolio, and one which continues to attract new and existing occupiers, solidifying the demand for space in the region.”

Units are still available at Shrub Hill Industrial Estate, ranging up to 8,237 sq ft.

For more details visit shrubhill.co.uk or stmodwen.co.uk.