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Duo UK benefits from HSBC funding

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A packaging manufacturer from Manchester is moving forward with its ambitious growth plans thanks to a multi-million pound funding from HSBC UK.

The funding has enabled Duo UK, which specialises in manufacturing plastic mailing bags, to purchase new machinery for its cutting-edge factory in Manchester. The new Italian-made co-extruder will allow the business to scale up production by up to 20 per cent, as well as allowing it to increase the volume of new packaging products made from recycled materials.

Duo UK will also utilise the funding package to scale up its stock holding capacity by 30 per cent, allowing it to quickly react to fresh orders from new and existing customers in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

The manufacturer anticipates that the investment will enable it to boost turnover by 10 per cent and create 5 new jobs over the next 12 months.

Dale Brimelow, Operations Director of Duo UK, said: “We’re in a competitive market and it’s through the quality of our customer service and innovative products that we remain a market leader. Raising productivity, developing sustainable products and improving our customer’s experience through the latest technology is therefore central to our growth strategy. Now with the backing of HSBC UK, we’re poised to win new business both in the UK and overseas.”

Mark Boyle, HSBC UK’s Relationship Director for Greater Manchester, added: “Duo UK is a great example of the type of dynamic business we are delighted to support. The management team has considerable experience and knowledge of the market and is not afraid to make strategic investments. Duo UK have an ambitious vision and we look forward to supporting their expansion efforts.”