World-leading clay manufacturer, Valentine Clays, is excited to start construction on its new warehouse and

distribution facility as part of exciting new expansion and growth plans that will also see a further two new factories built in the following years and has created a special ceramic spade to commemorate the occasion.

The ceramics based business has witnessed a 40% growth in sales during the previous 5 years alone, despite difficult economic times, and is excited to see work finally commence on its new buildings which are aimed at helping to increase production and customer demand.


Valentine Clays, based in Birches Head Road for the past 35 years, has appointed local building company Broadstaff Construction to transform the former Diamond Gimson Works site in Fenton into a new 1,700 square metre warehouse and distribution facility which will also consist of offices, and a visitor attraction, with workshops and a gallery.


The first phase build which begins construction on Thursday 21st September is expected to be completed by May 2017 with the hope that it will create a building that the city can be proud of but that can also help to promote the importance of ceramics. The second phase factory buildings are hoped to be completed in the following years.


Alan Ault, Managing Director of Valentine Clays, said: “This is a very exciting time for not only us but the ceramics sector which is seeing a continuing resurgence in Stoke-on-Trent’s Pottery industry. We feel proud to be part of such a revival and to be able to continue to support the growth of the industry.


“We hope that our new site will help to engage people in the importance of clay which holds the key ingredient to the wonderful ceramics that is made within our city.


“Being a proud local supporter we were delighted to have appointed Broadstaff Construction to help to complete our vision and to commemorate the start of our new building we have had a special ceramics spade design and produced.”


David Broad, Managing Director of Broadstaff Construction, commented: “We are all very thrilled at Broadstaff to be part of such an exciting and local project. We have a great deal of experience with similar construction projects and look forward to realising the completion early next year.”

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