DCS Europe’s Stratford-upon-Avon HQ has been officially reopened following a £450,000 investment to enlarge the premises and introduce new technology.

Over the past few months, DCS has invested £80,000 in increasing the capacity of its repacking centre having seen sales from the division trebled in the previous three years.

It also spent £150,000 on an office development and employees for its high street discount division, and £100,000 on expanding its export facilities. A further £120,000 was spent on new labelling machines for its manufacturing arm.

“This government is looking for new jobs and growth and we are leading by example,” said CEO Denys Shortt. “We have invested in the fastest growing areas of our business manufacturing, export, high street discount and repacking. In the past three years sales have increased by more than £40m in these areas”

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi, who opened the site, praised Shortt’s investment in manufacturing: “Making things and selling them to the world made our country great and we will make it great again.”

Shortt opened the 60,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in 2007 and has invested more than £2m into the ­factory so far. It produces own-label products for several companies, including Wilkinson and Superdrug, as well as Baylis & Hardling and DCS’ own brand Enliven, which is exported around the world.