Jobs Saved: 14
Industry: Service Agency
Sheffield administrators Wilson Field has helped save all 14 jobs at a Lancashire packaging supplier and manufacturer after it was bought out of administration.
Administrators Kelly Burton and Joanne Wright from business turnaround experts Wilson Field were appointed joint administrators on 17 February after Principal Packaging Ltd suffered cash flow problems.
The company, based at Pit Hey Place in Skelmersdale, was one of the main independent providers of quality packaging for the retail food industry, and major food and dairy suppliers.
Directors Tracy and Richard Sharratt took early advice and the business was sold to new company Surepac Ltd as a going concern saving all 14 employees’ jobs.
Kelly Burton from Wilson Field said:
“Historically, the company offered a holding service to its customers. This meant that it held a significant amount of stock at any one time, which tied up a substantial amount of cash.
“This created cash flow problems and was exacerbated in the early part of 2016 when the amount available on the company’s funding facility was reduced.
“Directors took early advice from Wilson Field with the business sold to Surepac Ltd as a going concern, safeguarding all 14 employees’ jobs. The new company will offer the same service and standards and will operate under the same management team”.
Principal Packaging, started in 2006, served packaging needs for meat, fish, horticulture and poultry sectors throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and traded successfully in the early years.
It gained a reputation for being one of the most professional, yet affordable, companies in a competitive market with its high-quality paper, plastic or board packaging, custom print services and high customer service levels.