New state-of-the-art factory opens after fire



A COMPANY that created Anita Roddick’s very first Body Shop fragrances has opened a new state-of-the-art factory.

The investment of one million pounds follows a fire in 2013 at Quintessence Fragrances in Newhaven, triggered by a breakdown of a forklift.

Today, its workforce has grown from 25 to 50.

Managing Director François Robert said: “The fire shut down the business for many months and we are extremely lucky to have survived.

“Most businesses never survive such a disaster.

“However, we have great funders in India who believe in our business and its people, so we have rebuilt the business with this incredible investment.”

Bharat Kamte, the Indian owner whose perfume empire also includes facilities in India, Hong Kong and Poland, came specially for the opening of the new factory.

He said: “This is a very special day for Quintessence, the people we employ and our wonderful customers who have continued to support us as we rebuild the business.

“It’s a big investment and it’s an indication of our faith in the future of business here in the UK.”

Quintessence has grown into one of the UK’s premier perfume houses, creating fragrances that can be found in virtually every retail aisle, from shower gels, bubble baths, candles and body sprays.

The plant is based on the Hawthorn Industrial Estate, Avis Way, Newhaven.


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