Geoffrey Robinson MP and Growth Hub MD Craig Humphrey recently visited Coventry-based Kite Packaging. They spent the morning with Kite managing partner Gavin Ashe touring the site, meeting employees and getting an overview of the business. They were notably impressed by the company’s set-up and the success of Kite Packaging.
Kite Packaging was founded in 2001 as a true employee-owned business, and has worked by the motto “Customer satisfaction matters so much more when you own the business”. In 2016, Kite was named by the London Stock Exchange asone of the "Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain" in its annual report. Throughout its 15-year history, the Group has seen significant growth and has a strong regional branch network across the UK, in the Midlands, Rotherham, Swindon, Letchworth, Sittingbourne and Portsmouth, as well as an Environmental Compliance business and leading e-commerce website.
The visitors were interested to learn the story behind Kite Packaging and how it had grown to become one of the UK’s leading packaging suppliers. The employee ownership philosophy was something that caught their attention and after having a tour of the building and warehouse operation, they were said to be "full of praise".
Since opening in 2001, Kite Packaging has always had a base in Coventry and has more than doubled its property footprint. 2016 was another year of significant growth, and Kite Packaging received many prestigious industry awards.