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A new era for John Gosnell

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Chris Warner shows Councillor Smith around the new premises
Chris Warner shows Councillor Smith around the new premises

The opening of John Gosnell’s first ever custom-built premises has heralded a new era in the cosmetic manufacturer’s 341-year history.

Known locally as ‘the soap factory’, John Gosnell has moved into Malling Brooks Industrial Estate from the Phoenix Industrial Estate, which is being regenerated under the £180million North Street Quarter scheme.

The two-storey factory integrates environmentally-friendly features such as solar panels on its roof that provide more than 50% of the firm’s energy; a green roof with living plants to manage water run-off and provide a habitat for wildlife; and a permeable surface to the car park which allows rain water through.

John Gosnell’s Managing Director Chris Warner said: “This is only the sixth time we have moved so the location had to be right. We employ local people and in some cases, several generations of families work here, so it was absolutely essential that we found a new home that was within travelling distance for our staff.”

Gosnell’s is the UK’s oldest cosmetics manufacturer and makes soap for a number of designer brands and high-end hotels, as well as packaging food and pharmaceuticals.

Its recent move has enabled the company to expand and five new staff have been recruited as a result, bringing the total number of employees to 30.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “The North Street Quarter development provided the opportunity for Gosnells to relocate and grow, and we are very pleased to have retained such a thriving business in Lewes.”

North Street Quarter will provide 416 homes, 40% of which are affordable, a new health hub and workspace for creative industries. 

Published on 29 November, 2018