AN Ellington businessman is packing a punch on the European stage after landing a major contract.
Ex-Royal Navy engineer Kevin Donnelly set up his It’s A Wrap business in 2002 to service and install second-hand wrapping machines for the food industry.
He quickly established a reputation for quality and reliability, and word of his professionalism reached Italy.
Now Mr Donnelly has landed a contract to be the sole UK distributor for Italian giant General System Packaging.
He said: “I’d bring second-hand machines into the workshop, strip them down, modify and rebuild them to meet the customers’ needs. The machines would leave me as good as new and my reputation reached General System Packaging in Schio in Italy.
“They liked what I was doing and approached me to supply their new machines. I’m delighted to be their sole UK distributor. It’s a great accolade for us and the business is really moving ahead.”
Now GSP (UK), which is based in Blyth, is expanding its customer base and providing machines for blue chip companies, as well as smaller operations, such as biscuit makers and bakeries.
Mr Donnelly is planning to take on staff to share his growing workload and help with maintenance contracts, supply and fix spare parts and carry out machine operator training for clients.