Samworth Challenge: Benson Group Quartet Ready for Action

In Packaging on March 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Benson Group Team: Mike Owens, Colin Kunz, Louise Webster, Jonathan Bostock

A team from Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has volunteered for the gruelling Samworth Challenge event taking place on June 8th 2013 in and around Loch Lomond, Scotland. The team are competing to raise funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Samworth Brothers, a major UK producer of quality food and customer of Benson Group, has announced details of this, its fourth Charity Challenge, and the first to take place in Scotland, incorporating the breath-taking scenery of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

The organisers are looking forward to welcoming forty teams on each of the first two Saturdays in June to complete the course on foot, in canoes and on bikes and to raise money for their chosen charities. The event incorporates a 9-mile run or walk, a 6.2-mile canoe stage, and a 27-mile bike ride.

The three previous Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge events have been an extraordinary success and have raised over £850,000 to benefit charities both local to the events and nationwide. The charity challenge event and setting is the perfect vehicle to inspire and bring together the group’s employees, customers and suppliers, with the aim of getting as much out of it for the charities supported, as each individual will get on a personal level.

The team of four from Benson Group consists of Bardon site General Manager, Mike Owens; Jonathan Bostock, Group National Accounts Director; Colin Kunz, Group Financial Director; and HR Advisor Louise Webster.

Commenting on behalf of the team, Mike Owens said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to support our much needed air ambulance services as well as one of our most successful and important customers. In the process all four members of the Benson Group team will be pushing the boundaries of their own fitness and endurance, but at the same time taking in some absolutely glorious Scottish scenery. We will be urging our own friends and business associates to give generously to this very worthy cause. None of us know when either ourselves or perhaps a loved one might need the vital service provided by an air ambulance: they perform a most essential role and deserve our wholehearted support.”

Sponsorship for the team or individual members is both invited and most welcome. There are a number of ways to show your support. You can sign up and give details of your donation at; you can text CARD98 £amount to 70070; cash and cheques are certainly welcome (mail for details); or you can donate a prize for the raffle that runs in tandem with the event.

About Benson Group

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 company web site.


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