A NEW locally-minded drinks business is looking forward to getting up and running in Ledbury.
Bevisol Ltd, based on the Orchard Business Park, in Bromyard Road, is a drinks production service firm, which was set up at the beginning of the month by managing director Chris Newell.
It has created 12 jobs, all from the local area, including a commercial director, production manager, administration manager and a team of process technicians who make the drinks.
Mr Newell, a former employee of Universal Beverages Limited, said the company produces bespoke drinks and it was currently on a relatively small scale, but there are plans to grow into the 40,000 square foot site as demand increases.
“It has all happened fairly quickly. This site was surplus to requirements, so I approached UBL in terms of a management buy-out. The plans are to try and expand to fill the capacity of the site and to bring in more staff in the future. We have a good customer base and we are looking to continue expanding that,” he said.
“The staff are all local and have a background in the drinks industry, which has made the start-up a bit easier. We start production next week once everything is in place, so it is a hugely busy time for all of us. We work with a mixture of big, medium and small companies and we are investing in new equipment to do more things for more companies.”
Bevisol deal in the supply of fermented products into the beverage industry, making ingredients, bulk solutions or the drinks themselves and supplying a range of brands. They can also produce non-alcoholic drinks.
No bottling is done on site, so the produce is taken to the customer by tankers, where it will be put into bottles or cans and the end product could be found in supermarkets or pubs across the country.