One of the UK’s leading shipping container and self-storage businesses has made a number of strategic appointments in line with business growth, as it extends its foothold in the North East.
The Parsons Containers Group, which is headquartered in Sedgefield, County Durham and operates from 10 sites across the North East and Lincolnshire, has made four significant internal promotions to newly created roles, reflecting recent significant growth in the business and preparing for future developments.
Dean Tempest has been promoted to operations manager, having initially joined the business as an apprentice in 2007. Dean, from Wheatley Hill, has gained valuable experience in a variety of accounts and operations roles over the past decade while studying for Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) NEBOSH qualifications, and a foundation degree. He is now responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient day-to-day running of the group’s businesses, comprising Parsons Containers Ltd which sells standard and bespoke containers, U Hold The Key self-storage, and national online brands ContainerContainer and Containers Now.
Meanwhile, Steph Dewison, from Stockton-on-Tees, has been appointed as customer services manager for U Hold The Key. Steph joined Parsons Containers in 2004 and has been at the forefront of providing a high quality service to U Hold The Key customers over the past 13 years. Her promotion to customer services manager with a group-wide remit is designed to further strengthen Parsons’ management team. In addition, Jane Alderson, from Sedgefield, steps up to the role of credit control manager, reflecting her first-class experience of credit control and her significant impact on the financial success of the business over the past nine years. And Ryan Tempest, from Wheatley Hill, has been appointed as marketing technician. With a degree in graphic design, Ryan has helped to create a strong visual brand for the group since joining in 2015. His input, combined with specialist external marketing communications support, is boosting business growth.
Ean Parsons, managing director of the Parsons Containers Group, says: “As a business we are proud of our staff retention levels and our team includes a significant number of people who have been with us for many years, developing their own skills in line with changes and growth in the company. The promotions are a reflection of the hard work and positive impact that Dean, Steph, Jane and Ryan have already had on our business and I am sure that they will continue to flourish with their new roles and responsibilities.”
The move follows the recent recruitment of three apprentices who are working across Parsons’ operations. The appointments and promotions come at a time of significant expansion for Parsons, with U Hold The Key opening three new sites at Sunderland, Darlington and Mainsforth, near Ferryhill, in the last six months alone. The new sites give U Hold The Key a capacity of 1,500 stores, up from around 1,000.
Ean Parsons adds: “Following a steep growth trajectory in recent months and with ambitious plans for the future, it’s important that we have the right people in the right roles. These internal promotions highlight how we nurture individual strengths across the business, but they are just one element of our longer term business plan, which will not only offer more opportunities for existing team members, but also involve recruitment to additional key new roles.”