Beauty products

Weleda beauty products swap contracts with Clowes Developments for new premises in Derbyshire

A company that makes natural, sustainable and organic health and beauty products is taking up a new warehouse and offices in Derbyshire.

Weleda has entered into a long-term lease with another Derbyshire-based company, Clowes Developments, on 23,500 square foot premises in the Etiquette Park industrial estate.

He is one of two building contractors that TanRo was brought in to start work at the new business park in January.

The second unit is being built for Catering24, another local company. The catering supplies specialist and Weleda are said to be keen to stay close to their roots, retain their workforce and continue to grow in the territory.

Planning permission for the two units, totaling 50,000 square feet, was approved by Erewash Borough Council late last year and both occupants hope to move in by the end of this year.

Weleda UK Managing Director Jayn Sterland said: “We are delighted to be expanding our existing Heanor Road operations with a brand new warehouse and office space in Etiquette Park, which will be tailored to meet our very individual needs.

“As a manufacturer of natural and organic cosmetics and holistic wellness products, it is essential that our stock is stored under very specific conditions that meet GMP standards.

“The new construction will allow us to grow our business while remaining in the area where our manufacturing site and our Demeter-certified organic medicinal herb gardens are also located.

“The new facility means our customer service team can also relocate to Etiquette Park, which will free up space for us in Heanor Road to allow us to expand the rest of our operations as we grow.”

Weleda was founded in Switzerland in 1921 and British company Weleda was established in London in 1925. For the past four decades it has been based in Ilkeston, with its herb growing site just up the road at Shipley.

Today, Weleda UK is part of an international group employing over 2,500 people in over 50 countries on five continents.

Its cosmetics supply chains are certified sustainable and its products carry the UEBT “Sourcing with Respect” seal, while its natural and organic formulations are NATRUE certified. It is still the private property of its founding family.

Catering24 last year entered into a lease for a purpose-built warehouse and distribution facility in Etiquette Park.

The deal marks a significant expansion for the food packaging distributor which is said to have doubled its turnover in the past 18 months.

Clowes said Catering24 has the option to purchase the property within the first two years – which it plans to do – and will see a full investment in warehouse, equipment, shelving and software. £2.8 million IT.

Richard Sutton is managing director of NG Chartered Surveyors, which was the joint agent at the site.

He said: “It’s fantastic to see TanRo progressing at such a pace at Etiquette Park and I’m proud of our involvement in the bespoke program at Clowes Developments.

“Leasing over 50,000 square feet of space shows what a quality development Etiquette Park is, and I wish Weleda and Catering24 all the best in their new homes.”

Tim Gilbertson, director of fellow co-agent FHP Property Consultants, said: ‘This has been a very good result for Clowes as well as the Ilkeston market.

In its latest accounts, property group Clowes reported sales of £106m and operating profit of £26.5m.

The group owns over 3,000 acres of land and 15,000 residential plots in 130 development sites across the country, including over 50 office and business parks and several large mixed-use sites.