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Local MP impressed by one stop operation at eco-friendly manufacturer
Sir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.
Throughout the visit, Angela and operations manager, Chris Freeman, showcased the diverse products that make up the Bio-Productions catalogue, which has significantly expanded since business began in 1984.
"Sir Nicholas was really impressed that our products are all developed and manufactured at this one site in Burgess Hill," reveals Angela. "It's quite uncommon for a company of our size in this industry to do everything in Britain, but we're really proud that we have the capacity and capability to develop, pack, and label products under one roof."
The visit was also a chance to celebrate the organisation's recent successes. Business has been booming lately and Bio-Productions products are now shipped as far afield as Australia, India, South Korea and throughout Europe. China and Qatar have also recently come aboard and Canada is currently trialling the products. In 2017, revenue increased by 14%.
To keep up with demand, the management are keen to expand the company's operations in Burgess Hill but are struggling to find the space.
"Sir Nicholas and I had the opportunity to speak about the issue we're having with expansion," Angela adds. "We are keen to increase our production, but the Business Park is full up and, in some cases, units have been sold off for residential developments.
Sir Nicholas was interested to hear about this issue as other successful businesses are having the same struggle. He's asked to be kept up-to-date with any correspondence.
"It was great to have his support, and really quite encouraging to see how impressed he was with our company. Bio-Productions may be 35 years old now, but we're still in our prime and going from strength to strength."
Sir Nicholas Soames says of his visit: "I was tremendously impressed by what I saw at Bio-Productions. It is an outstanding business and I was delighted to meet Angela Gill and I wish her and her team all the best for the future."
14th February 2019