Rob Stewart was just 23 when he and his wife Hilary founded Stevenage Packaging Limited. Against the odds they went on to win 4 Comet awards, growing a successful business in the heart of Stevenage. A business that has seen its revenue and profit increase in every one of those 30 years and developed a team with a collective experience of over 180 years in the packaging solutions industry.
Starting with a small number of customers back in 1989, including local family firms, Simmons Bakers and latterly Austins Funeral Directors, they have expanded to supply PLC's and several FTSE 100’s companies. In recent years they secured their largest eight figure long term contract, just one of the reasons that this family business has never made a redundancy.
Rob and Hilary's son Callum Stewart is the Director of Sales at Stevenage Packaging. He shares his parents passion, commitment to the business and love of Stevenage.
“I was born in Stevenage and live here raising my own family so I am extremely proud to be part of a successful family business employing three generations; my grandparents are still working in the business aged 79 and 89.
I'm not surprised that (in an age where many people only stay in a company for around 4 years) we have two long serving team members who have worked for the company for over twenty years since joining at 16 years old. Plus many more who have exceeded that 4 year average. Stevenage Packaging is a company that cares about people, team, suppliers, customers and the wider community in which we live and work.
Our dedication to the local community is ingrained in what we do as we understand we have a duty of care as part of Stevenage’s history.
The fact that we are 1 of only 13,342 companies still trading from the 130,650 companies incorporated in 1989 speaks volumes for how hard running a company is. My father and Founder always says the greatest prize in business is longevity"
Stevenage Packaging Chairman Sir Eric Peacock,
“This business is a self-portrait of the founders who created it. They have autographed their work with excellence.
SPL is a rare example of an entrepreneurial business focused on an exceptional customer experience, continuous innovation and creativity. The business has created a culture of excellence with a team who is totally engaged and empowered to excel.
Clarity of strategy, efficient execution and customer obsession have created an organisation that has grown consistently and what’s more is a great place to work!”
Stevenage Packaging Senior Business Manager, Emma Amondsen,
“I joined the company at 16 and had my first company car at 19. At 22, I took delivery of a brand new BMW and brought my first home. I am still inspired, enthused and excited to work here in my 20th year as Senior Business Manager and I think that this is the best opportunity in Hertfordshire and we are always looking for talented hard working local individual to join our team.”
Stevenage Packaging Customer Services Manager, Sarah Kotei,
“I am now in the my 21st year with SPL. The company has rewarded and supported me both in business and personally, far above and beyond what would be expected of any business. Our Founder upholds the company’s values as they are the true lifeblood of our organisation.
Internal growth and promotion are fully supported and encouraged, so you can constantly grow, learn and invest in your own commercial growth.
In three words I would describe the company as Unique, Ambitious and Caring”
After 30 years this established company refuses to relax on its past success, but rather strives forward. Providing the highest level of service, continuously innovating environmentally friendly packaging solutions and pushing boundaries to ensure that they will be here and successful for the next 30 years and beyond.