European gas giant Buse continues UK expansion with first Hull branch
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Nov 2018
A leading European gas supplier has continued its rapid UK expansion by opening a new branch in Hull.
Buse Gases, based in Bergen Way in the Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, will supply industrial gases to welding and fabrication businesses across the region.
The German-headquartered company has developed a cluster of sites along the M62 corridor– from Manchester and Dewsbury to Doncaster and now Hull – and is rapidly increasing its UK footprint.
Jim Portz, northern area sales manager at Buse, said the company had “come into Hull a bit like Lidl – offering the same gases as competitors, at a different price range.”
He said: “Buse is one of the biggest mineral water suppliers in Europe, and had previously branched out to speciality gases. Now it also works in industrial gases.
Jim Portz, northern area sales manager at Buse. (Jerome Ellerby, Hull Live)
“We have been in Hull for about four months now, and the first period has been very, very good for us – we have got a good client list already, which giving how short amount of time we have been in the city is unbelievable.
“We have got a really cash-rich organisation behind us, and I predict we will be all across the UK within 10 years.”
Buse Gases is part of the Buse Group – a German company which has its roots planted as far back as 1875.
Today, the business is the largest industrial gas supplier in Greece, and is spreading its wings across Europe.
Buse Gases is a leading European supplier, and has now opened a new branch in Hull. (Jerome Ellerby, Hull Live)
Mr Portz said: “I used to work for Air Products in Hull for 25 years – I used to be the boss of a guy who started working at Buse a few years ago.
“I was head hunted by him to join the company. We have already taken a lot of business away from some of our competitors.
“We want to grow organically – people are aware we are here now, and they are asking for prices.”
Buses Gases currently employs around 15 people at its new site in Hull.
Combined with its other bases along the M62, Buse now has a strong Yorkshire presence, and is expected to roll out across the country in coming years.