Soft drinks tycoon Andrew Cawthray finishes second factory at North Yorkshire HQ

James Sutcliffe (left) and Andrew Cawthray
James Sutcliffe (left) and Andrew Cawthray
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SOFT DRINKS entrepreneur Andrew Cawthray has completed the lastest phase of his £45m expansion plan at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire.

The multimillionaire businessman has finished the second factory for his rapidly-expanding soft drinks firm Cawingredients.

The new 95,000 sq ft facility has been designed as a product-mixing operation and a warehouse. It is next to the main Cawingredients factory, built in 2010.

The three-year expansion plan promises to create more than 100 new jobs and boost production and warehouse facility at the site.

Sutcliffe Construction built both factories and turned around the second in a 10-month period from request for proposal to completion.

James Sutcliffe, managing director, said: “The biggest challenge in this project was the time frame. Cawingredients was keen to proceed with its expansion plans so design work that would normally take months for a project of this size and quality was done in weeks.”

He has added eight new employees to his £7m-turnover business over the last 18 months. Headcount is now 25.

Cawingredients, set up in 2010, occupies a 26-acre site and provides a range of manufacturing, bottling, packaging and product development and other advisory services to major drinks manufacturers. It had a turnover of £44.5m in 2013.

Mr Cawthray, chairman and chief executive, declined to be interviewed by The Yorkshire Post.

Cawingredients is his re-entry into the soft drinks category having sold his firm Macaw Soft drinks to Canada’s Cott Corporation in 2005 for £76m.

He is said to have made more than £45m from the deal.