Planning consent opens up A66 opportunity for shipping container business

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Shipping container business the Parsons Containers Group has been granted planning consent for a major new development on the A66 between Teesside and Darlington.

The three-acre site will become the main location for the business, from where it will operate both of its key services, of container sales, and self-storage under the brand U Hold The Key.

Parsons bought the site on the westbound A66 in 2015, which at the time also included a service station and on-site workshop.

The service station was sold on and reopened, while the workshop was sold to one of the group’s suppliers, Readman Fabrications.

Planning consent is the final piece in the jigsaw for reviving the formerly busy commercial site and a major step forward in Parsons’ long-term business strategy.

Almost immediately, three existing Parsons staff will be based at the new site, but the company anticipates that the head count there will grow as demand for sales, conversions and maintenance grow.

The group’s CEO Ean Parsons “This is probably the most significant development for the Parsons Containers Group since the original foundation of the company.

“The A66 had already become a key strategic site for us and planning consent will allow us to realise our vision for the location.

“It will become an important hub within a major road network, crucially making it easy for hauliers to off-load empty containers.

“Its position will also make it a high-profile, easily accessible U Hold The Key site, ideal for customers in the Tees Valley, County Durham and throughout the North East and North Yorkshire.”

The Parsons Containers Group was founded by entrepreneur Ean in 2000 and is now one of the UK’s largest multi-discipline shipping container businesses.

All of the group’s divisions have experienced significant growth in recent years and between them, the individual companies operate across multiple sites in the North East, plus one in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Operations include shipping container sales and bespoke conversions, as well as container self-storage through the group’s U Hold The Key division.

With an annual turnover of over £6m, the company is now one of the UK’s leading suppliers of shipping containers and one of the largest self-storage companies, hosting around 1,500 stores on 11 sites.