Expansion For Granger's

When looking for suitable premises in order to expand its operation, Granger's the Alfreton-based manufacturer of waterproofing and cleaning products used Salloway's specialist acquisition service.

Granger's, which counts Cherry Blossom shoe polish among its extensive product range, has expanded its operation due to growing demand in the downturn.

The technology-based manufacturing company which specialises in cleaning and waterproofing products that protect and restore outdoor equipment such as tents and clothing, has taken a 13,000 sq ft warehouse building at Azalea Close, Alfreton - close to its main site at Clover Nook Industrial Park.

The warehouse, which was acquired for the company by Salloway's Marc Ballard, will become a 'pick and pack' site to assist Granger's in its development of a new range of shoe care products which complement its current product base.

Granger's used Salloway's acquisition service to find the property it needed.

Karolina Jones, Granger's MD, said: "We found that we had outgrown our site and worked with Salloway to find us new premises. All our products are produced and formulated at our Alfreton site.

"We gave Salloway our requirements and they did exactly as we asked them to do. We had six sites to look at and we struck gold straight away with Azalea Close."

Granger's, which is the UK's only shoe care manufacturer left in the UK, employs 55 people at its current Alfreton site and the expansion is expected to bring up to ten new jobs over the coming months. Mrs Jones reports that the expansion has been driven by an increase in demand for products - at a time when people want to 'make do and mend.'

She said: "We have seen a 40% growth the first half of year, compared to the same period in 2010. Granger's has seen considerable growth in the recession - it's a time when people want to look after their gear, and prefer to repair and restore the equipment they have.

"Granger's is bring a whole new range of products to market to complement our shoe care side of the business - and this is why we wanted larger premises. The warehouse will be our 'pick and pack' site where products are prepared to distribute to locations all over the UK."

Marc Ballard of Salloway completed the acquisition of the warehouse building through the agent's specialist acquisition service.

"We worked with Granger's to understand how their business worked, what their needs were - and how the company would evolve over time," said Marc,

"We were able to work with the Granger's team to really understand their requirements and offered our support service to assess the property needs of the business."

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