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Paramount Packaging Systems Ltd (tel: 01252 815252; www.paramount-packaging.co.uk) – exclusive distributor of Fuji Machinery Company’s horizontal and vertical form-fill-seal equipment in the UK and Ireland – has appointed Darren Bull to the newly created position of Operations Manager, leading day-to-day operations to ensure exceptional customer service as the business continues to expand.
After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, Darren spent almost three years in the packaging industry before relocating to London to take up a role in IT recruitment. He also enjoyed a variety of positions with greeting cards company, Card Connection which was subsequently acquired by UK Greetings.
He became National Account Controller at UK Greetings with responsibility for five National Account Managers and companies such as WH Smith, Boots, Poundland and McColls. He subsequently moved into the role of Account Manager for the seasonal element of Tesco UK and the whole of Tesco Ireland.
Prior to joining Paramount, Darren was Operations Manager at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a subsidiary of Colgate Palmolive.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Paramount in this newly created role,” comments Darren. “With my operational experience, I am confident I will make a valuable contribution to the company. I will be acting as a conduit and support between the sales team, internal office and Fuji to ensure that our customers continue to get the very best level of service.”
John Roberts, Paramount Packaging’s Managing Director adds: “We are pleased to welcome Darren to Paramount. On-going growth makes it very important that operations continue to run smoothly and we maintain our position as a leading flow-wrapper supplier. Darren’s appointment will strengthen the team and enable us to achieve this.
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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.
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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.