The Coventry branch of Sheffield-based steel company George H Cook has relocated to new premises in the city.

Supported by Lloyds TSB Corporate, Cooks, which specialises in the distribution of stainless and tool steel, has moved to Swallowgate Business Park on Holbrook Lane.

The company was previously based at Ironbridge Works, Ibstock Road, but due to an increase in orders and general expansion of the business it needed to move to larger premises.

George H Cook was established in Sheffield in 1917, and later opened its Coventry warehouse in 1983.

In 2003, the company was acquired by Cogne UK, a leading stainless steel distributor in the UK.

Today, George H Cook employs 16 people in Coventry, plus a further 35 at its facility in Sheffield.

The new premises were officially opened by Giuseppe Marzorati, president of the Cogne group of companies, which includes Cogne Acciai Speciali a leading European special steel producer.

Craig Hancock, branch manager of George H Cook in Coventry, said: "The company is continuing to grow and the new premises should meet our expansion plans for the foreseeable future. February was Coventry's most productive month and we expect sales will continue to rise over the next year."

Dave Southall, relation-ship manager at Lloyds TSB Corporate, oversaw the move.

He said: "We have dealt with the Cogne group for a number of years and helped with the purchase of George H Cook in 2003, when the Coventry site employed just six staff.

"Since then it has witnessed significant growth and as a result required larger premises to accommodate additional stock and equipment, and an increased number of staff.

"It is encouraging to see a thriving steel supplier, and we are pleased to be able to support the firm with its development plans."