Business success is in the bag

Scott Webb of UKSE (centre ) welcomes Euan Hunt (left) and Sam Turner  of Jutexpo to their new home in Bellshill.
Scott Webb of UKSE (centre ) welcomes Euan Hunt (left) and Sam Turner of Jutexpo to their new home in Bellshill.

A new business operation has been set up in Bellshill with employment opportunities, thanks to the effect of the 5p charge on carrier bags.

Leading reusable bag supplier Jutexpo has relocated its Scottish office to UK Steel Enterprise’s managed workspace.

The introduction of 5p charge for single use carriers has led shoppers to look to reusable bags.

This produced a growth in business for Jutexpo which ecologically design, manufacture and print jute bags for supermarkets and charities across the UK.

The company needed larger premises and found the answer in Bellshill and now sells 50 million bags, with clients including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Dobbie’s and the Woodland Trust all buying in to bespoke branding.

Sam Turner, compliance director at Jutexpo, said: “We have seen a significant uplift in demand due to the new bag charge as it offers Scottish companies a great opportunity to boost their green initiatives and reduce the CO2 which plastic carrier production creates.

“With the increase in business, we were looking for a mid-size office and the set-up at UKSE’s business centre was the right size, fit and price. The process was so easy and everyone was extremely helpful.”

UK Steel Enterprise offers easy-in, easy-out office space for start-ups and SMEs as well as providing meeting room facilities and 24-hour access.

The Grovewood Business Centre, has 46,500 sq ft of managed office space and industrial units available to companies needing a place to start or expand.

Anne Clyde, regional manager for Scotland at UKSE, said: “Jutexpo saw an opportunity in the market and grabbed it with both hands. We look forward to watching them continue to grow.

“At UKSE, we support businesses to realise their full potential, encourage growth, create jobs and boost the local economy.”