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Helene Roberts Set to Join Benson Group

In Packaging on July 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced the appointment of Dr Helene Roberts as Group Marketing Director.

In her new role Helene will be responsible for developing and delivering the strategic marketing, communications and innovation offering of the Group across both food and healthcare packaging sectors.

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Helene takes up this newly created role at the end of July following two years as Executive Director Retail, Europe, at Sealed Air Corporation, where she developed a retail strategy for the business, including the establishment of a global centre of excellence.

Prior to this she held a number of roles at Marks & Spencer from 1997 to 2011.  As Head of Packaging, Helene had commercial and technical responsibility for the development of all food and drink packaging at Marks & Spencer.  She led the “Responsible Packaging Strategy” as part of the retail operations eco-plan, which was formulated as “Plan A”.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, said: “As we continue to grow as a business it becomes essential to adopt a more detailed group marketing strategy. Helene’s experience in sales and marketing roles, plus her time spent with a major UK retail business made her the ideal candidate for this position. We firmly believe that Helene will be able to help us take Benson Group to the next level of packaging excellence.”

Speaking about her new role, Dr Helene Roberts added: “Benson Group has grown phenomenally over the past decade. As the business continues to expand, I am looking forward to being involved with the creation of a more detailed marketing and communications strategy, and further developing the innovative offerings from the company for a market that is highly receptive to new and exciting packaging solutions.”

Helene Roberts has a PhD in Polymer Engineering, gained at the Department of Materials Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea.

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 Benckiser, 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.

ENDS

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