Ferrero head for Greenford

Confectionery company Ferrero is to move its UK headquarters to Greenford.

The company behind Nutella and Kinder will move from its current base in Watford to G1, part of the former GlaxoSmithKline site currently being redeveloped by Stokin Greenford. The majority of Ferrero’s 140 employees are expected to be based at the new headquarters.

The G1 building is part of a 23-acre plot, previously occupied by GlaxoSmithKline until 2011. Stokin’s plans, which have already been approved by Ealing Council, involve building new homes and creating public open space as well as retail and leisure facilities. Glaxo House is a Grade II listed building on the site and will be refurbished into homes.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “It is great news that another household name is choosing to move into our borough.

“Ealing is west London’s premier location and is taking on and winning inward investment from historically more popular parts of the capital. We are confident that we can build on this success and boost our local economy.”

Charlie Cayton, Ferrero’s director of corporate affairs and communications, said: “This heralds a new phase for our business in the UK and we believe the move will create new opportunities and help meet the future needs of our company. Our decision to move reflects our long term commitment to the UK market and our desire to invest in the local area, which is undergoing a significant and exciting period of regeneration. We are looking forward to being an active member in the community and to working closely with Ealing Council and other local authorities to bring value to the local area.”

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