Britvic Soft Drinks is set to close down its Essex HQ and move to a more convenient location near the M1 or M25 motorways.

A spokeswoman for the soft drinks giant, which distributes Pepsi in the UK, said Britvic was still in the process of finding a location that provided better access to London and international transport hubs.

Once a new site was identified, Britvic would begin consulting staff. No redundancies were planned as Britvic hoped most staff would move to the new site, or to its ­bottling plant in Chelmsford.