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Home-grown Yorkshire company, Disposables UK Group, is celebrating another successful year, following a series of new appointments and strong sales throughout 2014. The paper disposables company, which celebrated its first anniversary in state-of-the-art new premises this summer, is on track to meet its ambitious five-year growth plans and has reported an increased annual turnover of £18m.
Paul Halliwell, Sales Director at Disposables UK, said: “2014 has been another great year for us and we are in a robust position moving forwards into 2015. We have hit our growth target for the year, increasing our turnover by £1.6m and we’re on track with our five-year growth plan and sales across our products are looking very healthy.
Sales of our Optimum ProWipers range doubled in 2014, as part of our plan to take a stronger share of the dry non-woven market and meet the strong market demand.
“We have also made several significant appointments to our management team this year to support our growth plans for 2015. Glen Staddon, whom we took on as European Business Manager, has made a big impact in terms of broadening the Bay West brand in untapped European markets, as well as extending business into existing areas where the company already has a presence.
“We have also bolstered our Bay West South East sales team with the appointment of Nikki Schreiber and Marc Allen. They will focus on strengthening Bay West’s visibility in the South East and help open up new avenues via existing and potential customers. A new marketing manager, Paul Mulready, has also joined us and, at board level, Dan Atkinson joins as Financial Director.
“Looking forward to 2015 we aim to grow our turnover by another £3m to keep us on track to meet our expansion plans. We have several new product launches planned for the first quarter of 2015 and will also implement a barcoding system on raw materials to allow greater traceability throughout the manufacturing process and deliver improved efficiencies and wastage.
“In terms of what businesses can expect in 2015, I believe we will see an easing of the pressures of the recession, with people more willing to spend money. Whilst there is scope for price increases, businesses will need to handle this with sensitivity as customers are still looking for a good deal. It will be important to remain competitive which means keeping the cost of manufacturing to a minimum and offering sustainable purchasing.
2015 offers some great growth opportunities for the industry but we must keep the customer’s needs at the forefront of our minds to ensure that we deliver high quality product at the right price.”
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