Grimsby fish packaging firm, PPS expands to new £1.5m site

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015

Grimsby-based fish packaging firm PPS has expanded to a new, larger wash site in a £1.5 million move.

PPS offers the delivery, collection, asset tracking, washing, rental and repair of returnable equipment for the fresh fish industry, and with the opening of the new site will be expanding the services even further, it said in a press release.

PPS now employs more than 100 people across the business with customers across the UK and Europe. It moves 25 million boxes a year for customers including retailers, food processors and the automotive industry, it said.

At 68,000 square feet, the new premises are significantly larger than PPS’s former site and will offer numerous opportunities for the company to increase capacity and employee numbers.

PPS has invested £1.5m in the purchase and refurbishment of the site; before the purchase the site had become run down and unusable and remained empty for almost a decade.

North East Lincolnshire Council provided a grant of £300,000 towards the purchase, as an investment in the development of a growing business and employer in the region.

“We’re delighted to be opening our new site and moving ahead with our plans for the growth of the business," said David Peggie, chief executive of PPS. "We’re proud to have been a part of Grimsby for almost three decades and our new site will bring us even more opportunities to expand our services and work with new customers."

The site was officially opened on Wednesday Sept. 9 by Pete Ward, chief executive of Young’s Seafood.

“Young’s Seafood and PPS have worked in partnership for many years and we are delighted to open their fantastic new state-of-the-art facility here in Grimsby," said Ward. "PPS should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved in developing their business and we look forward to continuing working with them in the future.”

PPS recently announced another stage in the growth of their business with the acquisition of Lancashire packaging firm Alison Handling.

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