Blyth Valley’s MP Ian Levy praised the Seaton Delaval-based business Plant Based Valley after visiting their facility on the former Coty site today.
Plant Based Valley is an innovative project led by entrepreneur Heather Mills and her business partner Richard Lanyon.
Hundreds of jobs were lost in 2018 when the French beauty products manufacturer closed the plant after taking over its operation from Procter & Gamble.
The site is the third North East factory producing Heather Mills’ VBites products and she hopes to use the factory to support other vegan businesses as they start up.
Following the meeting with Heather, Ian Levy said:
“I’m really impressed by Heather and a Richard’s enthusiasm and their passion for the products their making. Not just that, but they clearly want to help other businesses flourish and create jobs for local people.
“Losing Coty was terrible for the Seaton Valley and the wider constituency as lots of local people were employed there. Plant Based Valley has the potential to bring some of those jobs back for local people and I’ll be doing all I can to support its growth!”