The keys have been handed over to Grangers by the developers

The keys have been handed over to Grangers by the developers

Waterproofing specialist Grangers is preparing to move into new headquarters in Derbyshire.

The keys to the 43,000 sq ft development near Chesterfield were handed over to the company recently, and it plans to open the building officially in February 2019.

All Grangers’ departments, including manufacturing, distribution, finance, design, sales and marketing will be brought under one roof at the 2.8 acre site.

The company’s general manager Karolina Jones said: “Grangers has undergone a remarkable journey of growth since the brand was founded, supporting the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, supplying the British military and helping today’s polar explorers stay warm, safe and dry.”

Grangers, which was founded and set up operations in Watford more than 80 years ago, first moved to Alfreton in Derbyshire in 1990.

Ms Jones said: “In the 28 years since Grangers moved to Alfreton, the brand has gone from strength to strength. The last 10 years in particular have been particularly successful both in the UK and abroad and we have seen 40 per cent international year-on-year growth in volume for the second year running in 2018.

“Many exciting new retail partnerships have also been established in the last 12 months and this new custom-built headquarters will enable the business to capitalise on that growth and continue to drive innovation in technical apparel aftercare. At the same time it will further improve Grangers’ operational capability.”

Grangers produces a range of cleaning and waterproofing solutions designed specifically for technical garments, footwear and equipment.

The new headquarters near Chesterfield

The new headquarters near Chesterfield

It supplies and is recommended by many of the world’s leading brands including: Rapha, Patagonia, The North Face, Burton Snowboards, Arc’teryx, Jack Wolfskin, Musto, Meindl, and Sprayway in addition to hydrophobic down manufacturers, Allied Feather and Downtek.

The British company was founded in 1937 and provides a range of bluesign-approved aftercare products. It said the whole brand is PFC-free and eco-responsible.

Ms Jones said: “This is an exciting time for Grangers which I am proud and delighted to be a part of, as the brand continues to be recognised for its innovative and environmentally responsible aftercare products.

“Bringing all of our people in the brand’s core functions together in one location, the new headquarters will help the business to work even more effectively, researching and driving the development of new technologies which combat the very worst weather conditions around the world.”