21st Jan, 2022

Coventry packaging firm to create new jobs after dramatic turnover increase during pandemic

Coventry Editorial 6th Dec, 2021

A COVENTRY based eco-friendly packaging company has unveiled plans to create more jobs for the area after increasing its turnover tenfold.

Husband-and-wife, Mark and Joanna Farr bought the originally Devon-based business Purple Planet Packaging back in 2019.

The firm provides environmentally friendly heated or non-heated food and drink containers.

The rise in food delivery services during the national lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic meant a high demand for packaging.

The increase in sales to food delivery services meant the company went from an annual turnover of £120,000 two years ago to an expected £1.6million by 2022.

The couple, who have two young children, worked from home before realising they needed warehouse space to facilitate all of the products since the sales increase.

The company is now employing new staff, investing in new technology and has expanded their warehouse based in the city’s Seven Stars Industrial Estate.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has supported the business and President Tom Morgan and membership manager Hazel Pilling have visited the company.

Mark said: “We bought the business because we saw a great potential but when lockdown hit, sales rose much quicker than we could have ever anticipated.

“Neither of us are business people – this was a new venture for us- so to have the Chamber’s guidance on some of the processes and procedures we needed to have in place has been key.”

Visit purpleplanetsupplies.co.uk for more on the business.

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