Thirty companies are competing in twelve categories. This selection follows initial entries topping 120 businesses. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner taking place at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on March 21st, 2013. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Commenting on the finalists, Ian Griffin, business editor at the Leicester Mercury newspaper, said: “The finalists are a fantastic mix of fast-growing, cutting-edge companies from a range of sectors. Of course, these thirty businesses are already winners after beating ninety others to get to this stage.”
Nikki Clark, Marketing Manager at Benson Group, added: “Whilst we enter several national packaging and manufacturing awards each year, there is something very special about being short-listed for an award within our own geographical area; an area that Benson has been a business in for over 90 years. The award focusses on our Leicester site, which produces some 20 million cartons each week for the food industry. This award is very much something for the staff that work here. Just being on the short-list means that more people in our city and surrounding area are talking about Benson Group.”
Details of the short-list status coincided with the release of Benson Group’s new and updated web site. The new look internet resource can be found at www.bensongroup.co.uk
The new site includes high-end photography to help showcase Benson Group’s innovative food and healthcare packaging developments. This is combined with a modern, clean look with easy to navigate menu’s. The new “Know How” section helps to educate people about the importance of cartons, our materials and finishes, as well as containing a glossary of terms.
Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.
The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.
Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.
For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.