Drinks distributor unveils job-creating expansion plans

Independent drinks distributor Global Brands has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its Derbyshire distribution facility by 28,800 sq ft, increasing the site’s storage capacity by 10 million bottles and creating 30 new jobs.

The firm currently employs 80 people at its 152,000 sq ft warehouse in Clay Cross.

Initial construction work to expand the building is expected to begin in the next two months. Once complete, the facility will total 180,800 sq ft and contain capacity for 40 million bottles.

The £2m project is scheduled to complete in January 2023.

The news comes after Global Brands reported a “sustained increase” in demand compared to its last year of undisrupted trading in 2019.

Brands distributed by the firm include VK, Hooch, Franklin & Sons, All Shook Up, Shake Baby Shake, Beviamo, Kick Energy, Lustre and Amigos Tequila Beer.

Steve Perez, founder and chairman at Global Brands, said: “I’m thrilled to announce the expansion of our distribution facilities in Clay Cross, following a sustained increase in demand nationally and huge demand internationally for our key growth brands like Franklin & Sons. The new extension will support our growing operations with additional storage and increased distribution capabilities.

“This is just the first phase in work to continue increasing capabilities at the site over the next two years. We plan to continue investing in our Global Brands Distribution Centre to the point where we can eventually hold one product for every person in the UK.”

The company has also recently purchased an adjacent piece of land it intends to use for further facilities.

Adrian Sheehan, executive director at BRM Solicitors, who brokered the deal, said: “It is always rewarding to advise on a deal which will bring further development opportunities and employment to the region.

“BRM are proud to stand to shoulder to shoulder with this long-standing client and Chesterfield success story.

“It is great to see Global Brands go from strength to strength and highlights a commitment to Chesterfield.”

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