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Weleda exchange contracts with Clowes Developments for brand new premises at Etiquette Park

Sustainable health and beauty pioneer WELEDA has agreed a long-term lease with fellow Derbyshire-based company, Clowes Developments, for a state-of-the-art facility. Unit B at Etiquette Park comprises of a warehouse and office facility totalling 23,500sq ft.

Works began on site back in January 2022 with construction contractor TanRo tasked with delivering two facilities totalling 50,000sq ft at the newly established business park located near Manners Avenue Industrial Estate in Ilkeston, the heart of Ilkeston’s existing industrial, warehouse and distribution hub.

Both occupiers, Weleda and Catering24, are locally established businesses who were keen to remain close to their roots, retain their workforce and continue to grow their successful enterprises within the area.

Jayn Sterland, Managing Director, Weleda UK commented;

“We are excited to be expanding our existing operations at Heanor Road with a brand-new warehouse and office space at Etiquette Park, which will be tailored to meet our very individual needs. As a manufacturer of natural and organic cosmetics and holistic wellbeing products, it is essential that our stock is stored in very specific conditions which meet GMP standards. The new build will allow us to grow our business whilst remaining in the area where our manufacturing site and Demeter-certified organic medicinal herb gardens are also based. The new facility means our Customer Care team can also relocate to Etiquette Park, which will in turn free up space for us at Heanor Road to enable us to expand the rest of our operations as we grow”.                                                                                     

[Left to right: CGI Catering24 and Weleda]

Weleda was first founded in Switzerland in 1921. The British Weleda Co. Ltd was initially established in London in 1925 and has since enjoyed over four decades at its Derbyshire premises at Ilkeston and its herb growing site just up the road at Shipley. Today Weleda UK is part of a thriving international group employing over 2,500 people and operating in over 50 countries across 5 continents. Its cosmetic supply chains are certified sustainable, and products bear the UEBT ‘Sourcing with Respect’ seal, whilst its natural and organic formulations are NATRUE certified. Weleda, a certified B Corp Business and certified Living Wage Employer, remains privately owned by its founders and true to its original ethos of working ‘in harmony with nature and the human being’.

At the end of 2021, Clowes Developments announced that Catering24 had agreed a lease for the brand-new purpose-built warehouse and distribution facility at Etiquette Park. The deal marks significant expansion for the food packaging distributor who have doubled their turnover in the past 18 months. Catering24 has the option to purchase the property within the first 2 years which Catering24 aim to do and represents a total investment in the warehouse, equipment, racking and IT software to the sum of £2.8million.

Richard Sutton, Managing Director at NG Chartered Surveyors and joint agent on the scheme, said:

“It’s fantastic to see TanRo progressing with such pace at Etiquette Park and I’m proud of our involvement in the bespoke scheme by Clowes Developments.

Letting over 50,000 sq ft of space shows just what a quality development Etiquette Park is, and I wish both Weleda and Catering24 all the very best in their new homes.”

Planning permission for both warehouse units totalling 50,000sq ft was approved by Erewash Borough Council at the later end of last year. Construction on site is progressing and both occupiers are looking to move into their premises by the end of this year.

FHP Property Consultants are joint agents on Etiquette Park, Director Tim Gilbertson added;

“This has been a really good outcome for Clowes as well as for the Ilkeston market”