Well-known firm becomes latest to move to Markham Vale

Markham Vale
Markham Vale

A well-known shoe polish manufacturer has become the latest firm to open a base at Markham Vale.

Grangers International, makers of Cherry Blossom shoe polish, is moving to custom-built headquarters at the site, located just off junction 29A of the M1.

The new base will encompass Grangers' manufactuing arm, distribution, finance, technical, design, sales and marketing teams. The firm is currently based in Alfreton, and distributes a range of cleaning, waterproofing and protection products for outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment.

Karolina Jones, General Manager at Grangers International, said: "The new unit at Markham Vale is a vital component of our growth strategy, providing the facilities and space we need to push the business forward.

"We deliver to over 50 different countries worldwide each year, so we will be looking to drive that number upwards, creating more jobs as we do so."

The firm's new 43,000 sq. ft. base will be designed and built by Derbyshire County Council's private sector property partner, Henry Boot Developments on Markham Vale West.

Ms Jones added: "We've no doubt that Derbyshire County Council and Henry Boot Developments will provide us with a high-quality facility that will serve us well, tailored to the needs of our business and operations."

Councillor Tony King, the county council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: "We're delighted to announce that Grangers International will be joining our thriving Markham Vale flagship regeneration site bringing the potential for more jobs being created at the company in the future.

"The business has been successful in Derbyshire since 1990 and it's fantastic to see that they're now ready to expand and have chosen to stay in the county to grow their company.

"We look forward to following their progress as they make Markham Vale their new home."

The firm's new base is set to be completed by the end of this year.