Clearwater Hygiene hits 30 million mark
Property developer couple who set up hand sanitiser company in gin distillery just 12 weeks ago when lockdown was announced are on track to make £30 MILLION in new deals
A couple who set up a business making hand sanitiser just 12 weeks ago are on track to make more than £30 million - after securing a raft of corporate contracts.
ClearWater Hygiene, founded by husband and wife team Andrew and Rachel Montague, produces high grade hand sanitiser aimed at frontline workers and the wider public.
The company began trading in March but now has the capacity to produce more than 900,000 litres of its product every week.
The couple, who have four children, own a property investment and development company and have been developing commercial and affordable housing for the last 15 years.
But as the pandemic hit in March, the owner of Deeside Distillery got in touch with them to say he was stopping gin production and switching to sanitiser to help with the crisis.
The company has secured major contracts with corporate customers including the Post Office, JD plc, O2 Retail, BP, and Aldi - some of which are multi-year agreements, with an expected total contract value of £30m.
The couple believe their company has been granted the contracts over others as the product is completely British - from manufacturing to bottling.
Andrew added: 'Most importantly our product is made in the UK - manufactured in Scotland, bottled in England and made in Britain - this has resonated enormously with our client base who feel strongly about buying quality British Brands over imports.'
The firm has made more than £3m in actual revenue since its launch in March and has also donated significant quantities of its products to NHS charities.
It now employs 12 full-time staff and a further eight contracted workers at its headquarters in Leith, Edinburgh, and in other parts of Scotland and the UK.
The sanitiser is produced at several distilleries (includes Deeside Gin Distillery in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, pictured) and is bottled in Preston, Lancashire. It contains 80 per cent ethanol liquid making it suitable for use in hospitals, care homes and other public health facilities
Mr Montague, a property developer, said: 'As lockdown was being announced in March, we immediately saw the importance of reducing our reliance on imports and focusing on UK manufacturing to ensure both health providers and private businesses could access high quality and fairly priced products which are now essential in the battle against the pandemic.
'We are proud to be providing some much-needed support in the fight against Covid-19 by gifting our product to NHS charities while, at the same time, building a successful business.
'From a standing start just 12 weeks ago, we have seen a huge surge in demand for our products across the UK.
'We're continuing to secure significant contracts and we've ramped up production to 900,000 litres per week.'
James Horton from law firm CMS, one of ClearWater Hygiene's key business advisers, said: 'Andrew and Rachel have been phenomenal in the speed of their response to this public health crisis.
'They not only identified a market opportunity but have also helped address some of the essential supply issues in combating Covid-19 in the UK.