From back bed­room to big busi­ness

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

AFAMILY- OWNED busi­ness which started in a backbed­room has cel­e­brated its 35th an­niver­sary ahead of what is ex­pected to be a record year.

Cling­foil, based at Poyn- ton In­dus­trial Es­tate, was es­tab­lished in 1982 by Mark and Paul Kenyon, who be­gan sell­ing cling­film and alu­minium foil from a bed­room of­fice us­ing their mum’s car for de­liv­er­ies.

As the pop­u­lar­ity for pal­let wrap­ping among the in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ing and ware­house in­dus­try grew, the brothers shifted their fo­cus from dis­tribut­ing film and foil prod­ucts to of­fer­ing pro­tec­tive pack­ag­ing so­lu­tions in­clud­ing stretch film, ad­he­sive tape and cor­ru­gated cases.

In 1985, the busi­ness opened its first of­fice and took on a sales­man in 1987, later mov­ing to its first com­mer­cial of­fice and ware­house premises in 1990 – the same year that turnover hit its first £1m.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Mark Kenyon said: “De­mand for our stretch film has been in­creas­ing year-on-year thanks to the surge in e-com­merce and lo­gis­tics busi­ness across the North West in par­tic­u­lar.

“With the ar­rival of new ma­chin­ery this month which will in­crease our daily out­put con­sid­er­ably, we’ll be well placed to en­hance the ser­vice that we of­fer to our loyal cus­tomer base, en­sur­ing that we can meet de­mand and sup­ply a high qual­ity prod­uct to our cus­tomers faster than ever – a key req­ui­site in to­day’s mar­ket.

“In our an­niver­sary year, we’re en­cour­aged by this in­ter­est in our prod­ucts and feel con­fi­dent that with our ex­ten­sive in­dus­try knowl­edge, we’re in a strong po­si­tion to con­tinue of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant cost and en­vi­ron­men­tal sav­ings against generic films widely be­ing used across the in­dus­try.”

He added: “We’re very proud of our achieve­ments and the fact that we still sup­ply prod­ucts to our very first cus­tomer 35 years on.

“Our fam­ily-fo­cused busi­ness en­sures that we still have four staff mem­bers who have worked for us for over 20 years which is tes­ta­ment to the tight- knit team that we are lucky to re­tain.”

In the com­pany’s an­niver­sary year, dur­ing which the com­pany has also un­veiled a new logo, pro­duc­tiv­ity of Cling­foil’s in­dus­try high per­for­mance stretch films is set to in­crease by over half a mil­lion me­tres per week with the ar­rival of their fifth fully au­to­mated rewind stretch film ma­chine, the CGA 220.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cling­foil, visit www. cling­foil.co.uk

Tom Lev­ings (cen­tre right) and Graeme Humphrey (cen­tre left), of Big Fish Lit­tle Fish whole­salers are to re­open Evans of Dids­bury as a fish­mon­gers

Staff at Cling­foil celebrate 35 years in busi­ness

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