Parsons Containers/U Hold The Key Expands Portable-Storage Business in Sedgefield, England

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Parsons Container, which provides portable-storage containers to self-storage operators under the U Hold The Key brand, is expanding its business in Sedgefield, County Durham, England. Founded in 2000, the company has doubled its container sales in the last two years and now has a staff of 16, according to the source.

Parsons Containers has three divisions. In addition to U Hold The Key, it rents and sells containers to a variety of other businesses. The Container Container division, launched in 2007, focuses on online sales. The company has nine locations and generates more than £1.5 million annually, the source said.

To support new growth, the company hired one employee and promoted another. Stephen Collins, who has been with the company for 10 years, was recently promoted to container-sales manager. Louise Coleman was also brought on as hire controller.

Local entrepreneur Ean Parsons founded the company as a container-hire business, but the demand for U Hold The Key led to increased sales in the self-storage industry, he told the source. Parsons has been in the container business for more than 30 years, beginning his career in the Merchant Navy. He founded Sedgefield Harriers, a community-based athletics club, in 2005 and is chairman of the Sedgefield Village Games, an organization that supports and promotes local sports. He’s currently heading a campaign to build a new track for sporting events in Sedgefield.

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