business turns over a new leaf

Simon New, Ringtons regional training manager, formerly doorstep delivery driver
Simon New, Ringtons regional training manager, formerly doorstep delivery driver
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Four jobs have been created after a historic tea and coffee merchant bought two industrial units in Chesterfield for a new regional sales office.

Ringtons purchased the properties on Dunston Trading Estate, Sheepbridge, as part of plans to merge two sites in Nottingham and South Yorkshire.

The new base will be home to 24 employees and will include office space, storage, loading areas, meeting and training rooms. The move will create four jobs.

Ringtons is a British tea and coffee merchant established in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1907 by Samuel Smith who sold tea door to door via horse and cart.

Today the family business still offers a traditional doorstep delivery service to more than 260,000 customers throughout the UK, albeit in vans.

Ringtons’ new Chesterfield office is one of 20 throughout the UK from Edinburgh to East Anglia.

Stephen Killinger, Ringtons operations manager, said: “We chose Chesterfield as it is a great central location which is close to the M1, allowing us to continue to offer first-class service to our customers and reach an even wider area including Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Rotherham, and Burton-on- Trent.

“Merging the two sales offices allows us to operate more efficiently from one single site and upgrade from the former sites which were in need of substantial repair.

“The units on Dunston Trading estate are undergoing a refurb and we look forward to merging both our offices there.

“The site is going to allow for greater access to the surrounding area, make incoming deliveries easier and we also hope to bring business to our neighbours which include local caterers, car garages and maintenance providers.

“It’s an exciting move for Ringtons and we look forward to filling our four vacancies from our new hub. ”

The industrial units were sold by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The authority’s economic development unit helped the company find the right business premises.

Council leader Coun John Burrows said: “We are always pleased to see new businesses opening in the borough.

“I am pleased that Ringtons Tea has chosen Chesterfield for their new base – they could not have chosen a better site.

“Chesterfield is on the up and our transport links both regionally and nationally are second to none.”