South Glos business tops Sunday Times Fast Track Profit Track “Ones to Watch”

Go-Pak Edenware

A catering package manufacturer based in South Gloucestershire has come top of the Sunday Times Fast Track Profit Track “Ones to Watch”.

Go-Pak Group, which counts Starbuck, Pret a Manger and Greggs as customers, offers disposable and recyclable packaging, cutlery, straws and cups to the catering, cash and carry and retail sectors.

Go-Pak UK was established in February 2009. With a head office at Yate in South Gloucestershire, the company has a major distribution centre at Sharpness, with space for 15,000 pallets.

Its products are manufactured in its factories in Vietnam before being shipped around the world, and while its traditional sales are down, thanks to the almost wholesale closure of retail food outlets, other sales have risen as it is now sourcing and selling protective face masks, gloves and aprons to help companies protect workers from Covid-19.

Almost a quarter of its UK sales (which make up 60 per cent of total sales) last year came from its Edenware range of compostable and biodegradable packaging, and the company has invested heavily in its Vietnam operations to meet demand from its expansion into America (the company also sells into continental Europe).

The company was founded in 2009 by Simon Lawley, 47. It is now led by group managing director Adam Anderson, 47. They have overseen a doubling of profits from £2.4 million in 2016 to £4.9 million in 2019. The company also counts the education sector and hospitals as customers.

Adam said: “While sustainability is at the forefront of our decision-making process, it is also true that with the current pandemic, there is also a massive place in the market for single use disposable packaging, keeping workers safe. We are a small, adaptable business and are flexible enough to quickly produce what the market needs.”