Crayford engineer stars in Coca-Cola advertising campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:44 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:44 09 February 2016

James McColgan

James McColgan


Made in GB celebrates the company’s heritage as a local business, focusing on the people that produce and sell the popular soft drinks

An engineer at Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) Sidcup manufacturing site is set to play a starring role in the company’s regional advertising campaign.

James McColgan, an assistant care coordinator who lives in Crayford, took part in a photo shoot at the factory as part of the Made in GB campaign.

Made in GB celebrates the company’s heritage as a local business, focusing on the people that help produce and sell some of the country’s most popular soft drinks.

Mr McColgan has been an employee at CCE for over 13 years, having joined the company immediately after finishing an advanced modern mechanical apprenticeship at the age of 16.

Having had an interest in manufacturing from a young age, he was inspired to join the Sidcup team by his aunt and uncle who have worked at the same factory for a combined total of 60 years.

Having spent the first five years learning about the industry in various apprentice roles at the site, he then developed a range of skills and progressed to the role of asset care coordinator, overseeing the smooth running of the factory’s six production lines.

Mr McColgan said: “Because of my family connection to the site, I have grown up knowing about the opportunities that exist within CCE locally, but I think more people should be made aware of the work the company is doing across Great Britain.

“It’s an iconic global brand and I’ve always felt proud to say I work here.

“The support I’ve had in my career to date has been amazing and I’ve had the chance to work in a number of different roles and gain some valuable experience and new skills.”

Group operations director, Steve Adams, said: “We are extremely proud to be a truly local business in Sidcup and have close ties with the community.

“I’m delighted that James has had the opportunity to be involved in a campaign that celebrates this as well as his important and long-standing role at the site.”

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