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Fenton Packaging relocates and rebrands as culmination of £1m investment

Longstanding container packaging firm Fenton Packaging has relocated to a new site and rebranded following a £1m investment.

The Yorkshire business’ new fleet of 10 trucks now carry the name Fenton Packaging Solutions and will be based out of the new 65,000 sq ft premises at Kinetic 45.

Fenton will retain distribution depots in Hemel Hempstead and Bristol, which it uses to distribute containers carrying powders, granules, pastes and liquids, for a wide range of industries.

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The firm’s managing director, Bob Clarke, said the Kinetic 45 site was the ideal location to service Fenton’s clients in the North.

He added: “We tried to move in 2007 but the sale of the old sites in Morley, Leeds fell through during the recession, so we can say this has been a long time in the planning!

“In reality, a combination of changes including the expiry of the lease on a southern site dictated a complete relook at our national distribution plan and the Kinetic 45 site was selected from many possible alternatives. It enables us to continue to offer an all-round competitive package to our existing and new customer base.

“The move also enabled us to re-brand which has worked exceptionally well with everyone being complimentary about the new look. Look out for our new trucks and trailers on the motorways across the country.”

Finance director Sharon Dakin added: “Fenton Packaging Solutions’ relocation was aided by Leeds City Council’s Enterprise Zone Gateway project and one of the conditions was to create local jobs

“It’s great that as part of our expansion, we have taken on four more employees, with more appointments to be announced in due course. We are currently employing around 50 full time staff members, and we are looking to introduce a graduate programme. We have also begun the process of becoming an accredited Investors in People organisation.”

The firm has also adopted a number of environmentally conscious processes including use of highly-recyclable metal in its product lines, and it is migrating customers to PCR plastic containers with a minimum of 30% recycled content, in line with new legislation in relation to the Plastic Packaging Tax.y

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