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Business is booming up North, so much so that Newcastle’s own GM Packaging is packing its bags at its Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate and relocating to larger premises to cope with increased demand.
On course to his sales in excess of £3 million in 2021, the eco-friendly food packaging company has already recruited four new members of staff to help deal with the continuing growth of the business, with plans for further job creation going forward.
The company, which was set up 24 years ago by managing director, Graham Montague, now supplies some of the country’s biggest retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Aldi with thousands of containers every week.
“We’ve seen a significant growth in a relatively short space of time,” said Graham. “We’ve acquired a considerable amount of new business but also managed to maintain our repeat business which is why we have now had to find bigger premises.”
The growth in demand for food from takeaways during lockdown has also seen a significant rise in sales of packaging cartons, which GM Packaging has supplied across the UK. The company adapted immediately to ensure it was Covid-compliant, sending out only unopened boxes and putting its sampling service on hold.
GM Packaging has a strong international customer base, as well as supplying hospital, local authorities and leading high street food chains.
Among the many products GM Packaging offers is a range of eco-friendly options, many of which are made from bamboo and sugarcane, while others are compostable and biodegradable.
The company also provides personalised packaging for a number of leading organisations as well as being able to corner the market in specialised, smaller volume orders.
“We know it has been a very hard year for business generally, so we are very grateful that we have been able to continue to grow and bring on board new customers as well as continuing to supply our long-standing ones,” continued Graham. “We needed to move to cope with the level of orders that we are now dealing with on a daily basis and to give us the flexibility we need as we move forward.”