The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Barony Universal Products’ new HQ means 100 jobs for Irvine

MORE than 100 new jobs are to be created as part of a £14million investment to establish Scotland as the European centre of excellence for aerosol manufacturing.

[Pictured: Stewart Shaw, managing director of Barony Universal Products.]

Barony Universal Products, the leading supplier of private label personal care products to some of Europe’s largest retailers, is to expand its operations from a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Scotland.

The company, which is already one of the UK’s major supplier of aerosols providing a wide range of own label products to Europe’s leading retailers as well as producing products for top brands such as Revlon, Ted Baker and FCUK, is to invest more than £14million in a new production, storage and distribution depot.

The company, which turns over around £22million a year, already employs 106 people at its current premises in Auchenleck, East Ayrshire, but the move to the new 18 acre site just 20 miles away in Irvine will allow them to double the workforce, invest more in research and development and provide a cost-effective comprehensive service for a growing list of international clients.

“The acquisition of the new site will give us a perfect base for Barony Universal to expand in what is a highly competitive global market,” said Stewart Shaw, Managing Director.

Last year the company filled more than 56 million aerosols making it a leading supplier of private label personal care products to some of Europe’s largest retailers.

Three years ago Questbridge, which is also a shareholder in the largest producer of Aerosols in Russia and provides prestigious products for Schwartzkopf and L’Oreal as well as a number of very successful local brands, became a major shareholder in Barony Universal Products in a move which will help open up a variety of new markets across Europe for the Ayrshire company.

Barony, with the aid of investment from Russian shareholders Questbridge, the HSBC bank and a £1.98million grant from Scottish Enterprise’s Regional Selective Assistance, aims to make the new site a launch pad for further growth into UK and European markets.

“We have plans for more production lines, new higher quality GMP facilities and an improved research & development laboratory with high quality equipment to deliver tailor-made formulations for customers, which are central to the long-term strategy of the company,” added Mr Shaw, who started the company just 15 years ago.

[Pictured: Barony Universal Products operations manager Martin Heath and managing director Stewart Shaw.]

The new premises will enable Barony to create a modern, efficient production plant incorporating a high-tech process area and fully equipped laboratories, new production lines with capacity to fill over 180 million aerosols and raw material and finished goods warehousing on a site which has enough room for further expansion.

Plans for the new premises include a purpose built manufacturing hall equipped with the latest handling, weighing, testing and closing machinery and new aerosol filling lines operating at variable speeds and volumes for maximum flexibility. There will also be one aerosol gel filling line and the building has ample space for additional manufacturing area to allow the creation of new product types to complement Barony’s existing range of health and beauty aerosol toiletries.

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