Meet The BottlingUK Team


Lee Jeffries

Managing Director

Post school, Lee embarked on an engineering career, however as the son of a well-known Northern Soul DJ, his early years were formed around the music industry. Here Lee learned that creativity is fundamental to success in business, and this led to him forming Rare Northern Soul Ltd and Sonic Wax Records.


Returning to his engineering training in 2012, Lee identified the opportunity to develop a drinks’ bottling business that also allowed him to utilise his creative skills; The Jeffries Vintage Drinks range was thus born. Having created his own bottling facility, Lee realised that there was a huge opportunity to help other entrepreneurs in the drinks market by providing development and contract bottling facilities.


In just 3 years, Lee has brought back hand made drinks manufacture to London and through Bottling International provides a development and bottling resource to meet the growing demand for artisan premium drinks.


Martin Thornton

Engineering Director

Martin has over 40 years engineering experience and a majority of this with companies that either operate in or service FMCG markets. His experience in factories is second to none and this provides Bottling International with a wealth of knowledge that helps its clients create more successful brands. Since 2016 Martin has helped streamline the Bottling International production facility which has helped increase customer satisfaction and quality.


Alongside his engineering experience, Martin has an excellent drinks pedigree that stems from a restaurants drinks buying group that he established in 2005 followed by formation of the Clearly Drinks Group (formerly CBL) in 2011.


Maurice Newton

Commercial Director

Maurice started his career at Coors Brewers (then Bass) where he worked in various marketing roles culminating in Marketing Manager for Carling Black Label, one of the largest consumer brands in the UK. Following a successful 10 years at Coors, he continued his career as General Manager (Marketing – Core Brands) for McVities followed by a commercial role as Controller at Britvic.


From 2005, Maurice worked on several long-term consultancy projects assisting drinks businesses with their marketing and commercial strategy. During his spell as a consultant, Maurice assisted Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) as a lecturer in Innovation Creativity & Entrepreneurism (ICE module), Marketing Management and Brand Management.


From 2013 Maurice has worked as a director of Clearly Drinks running its sales and marketing function. which includes Perfectly Clear, the pioneering flavoured water brand and joined Bottling International in 2017.


Martin Rees

Operations Manager

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