University pumps funds into water company from Invest and Grow pot


The National Forest Spring Water Company has been given almost £68,000 and lent a further £38,000 by the University of Derby’s Invest to Grow programme.

The University awarded the funds for the development of a new manufacturing unit within its existing site and to buy a new extraction pump that has created three new jobs and increased turnover.

The company extracts water from its site in Melbourne, filters and bottles it, then supplies it to businesses and educational establishments. They provide the bottled water in a variety of sizes, including larger bottles for the water cooler industry.

Due to the increased demand from customers such as Edgar’s Water based mainly in Kent, the company needed to expand production capacity as it heavily relied on a single facility and extraction pump. These new developments have enabled the company to run two production lines instead of one, as well as providing more space for stock and a new storage tank.

Workload can now be spread evenly to ease pressure on current staff. The company has introduced longer split shift days so that both production lines can run simultaneously.

The funding has enhanced the businesses productivity by 35 per cent, which has led to working with new clients and requests for bigger orders. The increased turnover has enabled them to introduce improved products such as flavoured water with no added sugar.

The National Forest Spring Water Company works closely with Edgar’s to distribute the bottled water across the East Midlands area. Now that they have the new manufacturing unit, Edgar’s Water is able to use a small part of that unit as a Midlands distribution depot.

David Smith, MD of National Forest Spring, said: “The whole process has been superb. Invest to Grow is run very professionally. Its advice and guidance, as well as its funding, was crucial to the success of our project. The team was practical, straightforward and had a common sense approach.”