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PFF Strengthens Leadership Team With New Head Of Sales
The PFF Packaging Group has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of new Head of Sales Steve Campbell.
Steve, who most recently headed up the foodservice sales team with Anson Packaging, brings a wealth of thermoforming experience to the new role at a time of continued growth and success for PFF Packaging, one of the UK’s leading independent plastic food packaging manufacturers.
“I’m looking forward to building on the existing strengths of the business and working with those customers seeking a fresh and flexible approach to the supply of thermoformed packaging,” comments Steve.
In addition to its headquarters and a 100,000 sq ft manufacturing site in Keighley, West Yorkshire, the PFF Packaging Group also has a further 100,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Washington, Tyne & Wear, where its recently opened £1m Innovation Centre is based.
The Innovation Centre is a cutting-edge, creative hub for packaging innovation and sustainability which enables the PFF design team to work alongside customers from all over the UK to deliver ideas, concept designs and bespoke prototype packaging solutions often within 24 hours.
EHL Ingredients Expands Purchasing Team To Support Business Growth
Stockport-based food ingredient supplier, EHL Ingredients, welcomes Abigail Blackburn into its growing team as Purchasing Assistant.
In her role Abigail will be responsible for searching the global market for quality ingredients-using market information and cost trends to make informed decisions to ensure EHLIngredients remains competitive within the marketplace. With a degree in Biological Sciences from Bangor University, Abigail brings a passion for research as well as organisational and negotiation skills to the business.
The latest addition to the team is part of EHL Ingredients’ on-going business growth plan, aiming for sales of £7 million by the end of 2016, and brings the staff total to 30 at the head office on Broadstone Industrial Estate in Reddish, Stockport. Abigail will report to Chairman, Emma Alonzo and joint managing director, Naseem Ul-Haq.
EHL has also made a number of other promotions within the company. Natalie Daley has been appointed as Technical Manager, Susan Baron and Sherill Simm have been promoted to roles as Customer Service/Account Managers and Andrew Pickering will now act as Technical Administrator. Amanda Garnett has also been appointed as Sales Administrator.
Tasneem Backhouse, joint Managing Director, commented: “Abigail is a great asset to the company and is joining EHL at an exciting time. Her passion for research and understanding of the ingredients marketplace is set to help increase our supplier base and ensure our purchasing prices and costs to customers reflect market and global conditions. We always work hard to ensure the best possible prices for our customers, and now with Abigail’s support, we can strengthen our purchasing power and offer even more competitive prices and deals for existing and new clients.
“As we enter our twentieth year of business, we have set our sights on achieving sales of £7 million – our highest target to date. We are confident about our progress and business growth in this highly competitive marketplace and we’re delighted that Abigail will contribute to our success.”
The company supplies around 300 food ingredients and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 70 custom blends. EHL Ingredients’ products are sold into the food manufacturing, wholesale, retail and catering sectors and used in end products, such as breads and bakery items, ready meals, healthy snacks and soups and sauces. They are also sold to speciality food shops, delis and organic retailers across the UK.
EHL Ingredients was awarded its fifth grade A BRC certification once again in December last year. This gives EHL’s customers the reassurance of the company’s quality and safety management processes and opens up new growth opportunities for the business.
Birch Appointment To Sales Director Supports Parkside Growth
Parkside head of sales, Paula Birch, has been promoted to the role of sales director in a move that will support the innovative speciality-packaging manufacturer’s growth into new markets.
As sales director, Paula will identify and commercialise business opportunities in key target markets, whilst maximising new business development within the existing Parkside portfolio.
Paula brings extensive experience of promoting Parkside’s advanced packaging expertise to the role and has been promoted due to her success in providing strategic leadership to the company’s sales team over recent years.
Her comprehensive track record in the speciality-packaging sector has been developed over 18 years at Parkside, and includes periods in accounts, customer service, account management and most recently, sales and marketing.
Paula commented: “I’m very much looking forward to my new role as sales director, and all the challenges that brings. We’ll be continuing to develop the fantastic relationships we have with our existing customers and partners to maintain our position in the marketplace, whilst strategically engaging with new brands and retailers to explore exciting new business opportunities.”
Nick Smith, managing director at Parkside, added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Paula to her new appointment. Her enthusiasm and commitment to promoting Parkside’s capabilities, combined with her extensive industry experience, will secure Parkside’s future as a leading speciality packaging provider in a number of sectors.”
“Following Paula’s appointment, we’re well placed to pursue new business in line with our high growth strategy - I wish her all the best in her new role.”
Parkside manufactures and supplies speciality-packaging solutions to the global market. The company’s Advanced Packaging Expert Innovation (APEX) team and creative suite facility is dedicated to developing new and unique packaging concepts to meet the needs of its customers and partners, demonstrating the company’s dedication to packaging innovation excellence.