60 jobs for new £36m fac­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

An in­ter­na­tional soft drinks com­pany has cho­sen Peter­bor­ough for its first Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. Kings­ley Bev­er­age is in­vest­ing £36 min the plant at Great Had­don and will cre­ate up to 60 jobs.

An in­ter­na­tional soft drinks maker is to cre­ate its first Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Peter­bor­ough. South African drinks man­u­fac­turer Kings­ley Bev­er­age is in­vest­ing £36 mil­lion to build a 150,000 square feet man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Peter­bor­ough Gate­way, at Great Had­don.

Bosses say they ex­pect the new fac­tory will cre­ate be­tween 50 and 60 jobs.

The fa­cil­ity will fea­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing, ware­house and of­fice space and will be the first in Europe for the firm which has seven fac­to­ries in Africa and the Mid­dle East.

Kings­ley Bev­er­age pro­duc- es and dis­trib­utes a range of car­bon­ated soft drinks, fruit juices, en­ergy drinks and bot­tled wa­ter.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and it is hoped that con­struc­tion will start later this month.

The site will be de­vel­oped by Rox­hill De­vel­op­ments.

Kings­ley Bev­er­age is cur­rently set­ting up its UK and Euro­pean op­er­a­tions from a tem­po­rary premises in Or­ton South­gate, Peter­bor­ough un­til the new premises at Peter­bor­ough Gate­way are ready for use.

Philip Nie­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor elect at Kings­ley Bev­er­age, said: “Kings­ley has­seen ex­po­nen­tial vol­ume growth since its in­cep­tion in 2007.

“Kings­ley is con­fi­dent that a growth op­por­tu­nity ex­ists in the UK, hence the de­ci­sion to in­vest in a mod­ern state of the art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity.

Kings­ley Bev­er­age has been rep­re­sented by com­mer­cial agents Sav­ills.

Charles Spicer, in­dus­trial di­rec­tor at Sav­ills, said: “The deal is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant given it has com­pleted since the EU ref­er­en­dum and will bring sig­nif­i­cant in­ward in­vest­ment to the area as well as cre­at­ing new jobs.”

This im­age shows how the planned Kings­ley Bev­er­age fac­tory should ap­pear once com­pleted.

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