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Packaging manufacturer relocates to bigger premises

A packaging manufacturer is moving to bigger premises thanks to help from property and inward investment service Locate East Sussex.

Challenge Packaging had been seeking to consolidate its production and delivery operations into one site for some time, but finding a large enough unit proved difficult.

On two occasions when potential units were identified, the moves fell through at late stages.

So Challenge Packaging’s management team contacted Locate East Sussex. Locate East Sussex offers guidance on commercial property issues for East Sussex businesses and was able to help source a new site to meet Challenge Packaging’s changing needs.

Locate East Sussex also supports growing businesses through the Business Growth Funding Scheme funded by the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and managed by East Sussex County Council enabling funding to assist with the company’s expansion.

“We wanted to improve efficiency and consolidate our operation under one roof but couldn’t find a unit in the area that was big enough,” said Simon Allen, managing director of Challenge Packaging.

“Without assistance from Locate East Sussex we wouldn’t have been able to go ahead with our plans to grow as a business.”

As a result of the move from Uckfield to Oakwood Business Park in Golden Cross, 25 jobs have been safeguarded and Challenge Packaging intends to recruit up to eight extra staff over the next three years.

Adam Berger, Location Service Manager at Locate East Sussex, said: “I’m delighted we could assist Challenge Packaging in relocating within the county and fulfilling its business expansion plan.

“This not only ensures local people stay in work but contributes greatly to the thriving economy in East Sussex.”

Locate East Sussex is funded by a partnership of the county, district and borough councils of East Sussex, and services are delivered at no cost to growing enterprises in the county.

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