Brenntag UK & Ireland’s new head office was officially opened on 9th January 2017.

Workers at Brenntag’s UK headquarters have moved to Lawnswood Business Park in Horsforth, after the company outgrew its original base in Rawdon, near Leeds. The official opening was attended by Uwe Schültke, COO Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa, the company’s key suppliers and customers, representatives from the Department for International Trade and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, MP for Leeds North West Mr Greg Mulholland, members of Brenntag sites from across the UK & Ireland, media and press. Mr Mulholland said: “It is encouraging to see a thriving, market leading business continuing to go from strength to strength. “

Russel Argo, President Brenntag UK & Ireland, said the company plans to invest around £3.3m on the Lawnswood site over the next 15 years, along with the number of investments across the company’s sites in the UK & Ireland. The number of people employed at the Leeds headquarters has risen by 18 per cent to 125 over the last three years.

The company, which distributes specialty and industrial ingredients used in sectors including food and nutrition, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, household and industrial cleaning, chemicals for water treatment, swimming pools, AdBlue and many other, has received more than £50m of funding from Brenntag Group.

The investment will be spread across Brenntag’s business in the UK and Ireland, and is a significant vote of confidence. Steven Holland, the chief executive of Brenntag AG, said: “The UK represents a significant market for our products and services and it remains an integral part of our European and global growth strategy.”

To receive such significant financial backing from Europe in the current climate is testament to the success and ongoing vision of the UK operation. Mr Argo added: “Following the relocation to our new UK and Ireland HQ, we are even better placed to reaffirm our market leading position. This is the perfect start to the year for the business. Across the UK and Ireland, numerous initiatives, innovations and targets have been consistently delivering impressive performance results for the group. So to receive significant financial backing from Europe is a major boost.”

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