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Tonic company takes over unit at new Mersey Reach site

Tonic company takes over unit at new Mersey Reach site

by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A TONIC company has taken over a 12,133 sq ft unit in the new Mersey Reach industrial development in Aintree, with plans to create a £5million art canning and bottling production facility.

Award-winning, zero calorie tonic start-up Skinny Tonic has agreed terms to move into the £20m Mersey Reach site, off Dunningsbridge Road, which is being developed by Chancerygate.

Skinny Tonic has signed a 10-year lease with Chancerygate and the new state of the art canning and bottling production facility will allow them to produce 36,000 cans and 15,000 bottles of tonic per hour.

The Aintree-headquartered business currently employs 11 people and hopes to create a further nine jobs due to the expansion. Fit-out work has already begun, with production at the new facility commencing this month.

Leasing the new unit forms part of Skinny Tonic’s ambitious growth plans, which recently saw the company exceed its £1m crowdfunding target for an 8.83% equity stake in just 24 hours. They have since closed the round 240% over subscribed, raising £2.4m.

Skinny Tonic founder, Ian Minton, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured our new HQ. The team are really excited to move in and make it our home. Working with Chancerygate has been very easy for us, they couldn’t have done more to accommodate our needs.”

The deal means three out of the four units available at phase one of Mersey Reach have now been let prior to the scheme achieving practical completion.

One 42,518 sq ft unit remains available within phase one of development, which is strategically located on a prominent gateway route into the docks and provides quick access to the M57 and M58.

In December, Chancerygate secured planning permission for a revised phase two scheme at Mersey Reach, which will see the developer build out a new scheme of 12 units totalling 102,000 sq ft.

Mike Walker, development director and head of Chancerygate’s Warrington office, said: “Skinny Tonic is expanding at pace, so we are very pleased they have chosen Mersey Reach to help enable the business to continue on its upward trajectory.

“Securing Skinny Tonic as an occupier is testimony to Mersey Reach delivering much-needed high quality industrial and warehousing space in a key strategic location. The only remaining phase one unit is attracting a great deal of interest and, with revised plans for phase two now approved, we’re excited about the positive impact Mersey Reach will bring to the region for years to come.”

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