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PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Mike Peters the Managing Director of UPL at Greenhalgh near Kirkham

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Mike Peters the Managing Director of UPL at Greenhalgh near Kirkham

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IT is likely you’ve used one or more of the products made by Universal Products Lytham today – but you might not know it.

For the manufacturing plant makes pharmaceutical and personal care products for some of the biggest companies in the UK – but is sworn to secrecy about which ones.

The business creates products for top designer brands as well as own-brands for leading retailers.

Now, the firm, founded in 1976, is looking to the future with plans for a new product development and innovation centre.

Founder and managing director Mike Peters said: “With a new product development and innovation centre, we would see the 250 people employed here start to increase on a tentative basis.

“If we do create a distribution centre here, it will also help reduce traffic flow with better transport arrangements.”

Mr Peters is adamant that manufacturing is vital for the good of the economy.

He added: “Manufacturing is the future for the UK – Britain needs a manufacturing industry.

“It will help get employment up – we are very proud to be a British manufacturer.

“I think we need to give people the choice to buy British and support employment here, rather than goods manufactured in Taiwan or China.

“It’s very difficult for us to compete with the Far East on labour costs so our mantra is to be better.

“We bring better products to the market – we’re known for our innovation and smart products.

“But we want to get better all the time and that’s why we’ve applied for the new building.”