Innovation - Service - Integrity

We’re finding that our business is changing and developing day by day as we  respond to the requirements of our customers across all businesses of the Parsons Containers Group.  Container projects is a growth area for us at the moment with a wide and varied range of enquiries for different applications.  Our self-storage business is also at record levels of occupancy and we are adding new sites and improving old ones.  The traditional business of trading shipping containers is also developing and growing for us and we are buying increasing numbers from China while maintaining supplies of used containers for our traditional customers. 

In this newsletter are examples of current container projects and details of how we are continuing to innovate in our self-storage offer.  We have an exciting new addition to our team, we’ve been raising money for MacMillan Cancer Care and we’ve been helping a local school with an imaginative project.

Parsons welcomes Lynda Knight

Earlier this month the Parsons Containers Group was pleased to welcome Lynda Knight to the business in the role of Resourcing and Sales Manager to support the growth and expansion of the business across the UK. 
Lynda Knight is well known in the shipping container and freight industry.  She has worked with international container leasing and management company Textainer for 30 years, initially in the accounts department, followed by a period in a supporting role to the former company chairman, and 25 years selling and supplying containers to businesses like Parsons.
Ean Parsons, CEO of the Parsons Containers Group of companies, comments: “After working in partnership with Lynda at Textainer for nearly 20 years, I am delighted that she has joined the Parsons team.  The business is growing quickly and we are expanding into new markets, which offer many opportunities that we need to capitalise on.  We have been trading nationally in the UK for many years under our ContainerContainer brand and Lynda brings the expertise and resource that will help us to be much more involved in the wholesale trader market, holding stock around the UK.”
Lynda Knight adds: “I am thrilled and honoured to join the Parsons Group - a forward thinking dynamic company wanting to provide the best possible service to the customer.”

We welcome your feedback to this newsletter and any suggestions for future content. If you would like to share your thoughts, please drop a line to or call 01740 629999.
Kind regards,
Ean Parsons and the team.
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  • Farm Business Innovation 2017

Farm Business Innovation 2017

Parsons Containers is once again getting set to exhibit at Farm Business Innovation 2017 on 8th and 9th November, at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) near Birmingham.

This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase to the UK farming community the opportunities that shipping containers can present to help them become more innovative.  It’s the fifth year that Parsons has been involved with this event, which is aimed at farmers and landowners looking to diversify and become more profitable, in what remains a challenging industry.

Several members of the team will be in attendance, offering visitors a wealth of knowledge on all of Parsons Containers’ products and services, including our new and used shipping containers, converted containers, and self-storage.  We will also be showcasing our impressive new 10ft shipping container at the event.

Parsons MD Ean Parsons will be hosting a seminar on both days, where he will give an insight into the many ways in which shipping containers can be used as a versatile resource.  He will outline Parsons’ many years of experience of converting shipping containers for various applications, and will cover some of the diverse range of projects that we have delivered.  He will also offer valuable information about setting up and running a self-storage business.

If you’re going to the show, look out for us on stand number 334. If you would like to arrange an appointment in advance, get in touch on 01740 62 99 99 or email For further information about Farm Business Innovation 2017 visit:

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  • Sunderland site improvement work
  • Cold weather precautions
  • Partnership offers peace of mind

Sunderland site improvement work

Work is underway at the Sunderland U Hold the Key self-storage site to further enhance the experience there for customers.

The site has potential for 100 stores and occupancy is already growing quickly. Recent surfacing work has received positive feedback and improved the facility for customers.

Operations Manager Dean Tempest comments: “We are always looking to improve the customer experience on our self-storage sites.  The surfacing work will enable customers to access the facility with greater ease and I am sure that it will be a popular development.”

The fully accessible site offers three different sized shipping container stores - 20ft, 10ft and 8ft – to cater for a wide range of storage requirements.  The site is located under the Queen Alexandra Bridge behind the large Jewsons on Crown Road.  It is an ideal location for self-storage for residents in Sunderland and the surrounding area, as well as for business use.

To book storage at our Sunderland U Hold The Key Self-Storage site follow the link here.

Cold weather precautions

With the colder weather now upon us, U Hold The Key customers are being advised to take extra care with storage containers as the temperatures fall.

Locks can be problematic in icy weather, so customers are advised to take extra care when opening and closing them, to continue to access their stores without any problems.

While our containers are designed to survive the harshest conditions, we also recommend that customers use a product called Absorpole to prevent condensation and moisture build-up within their containers. Absorpoles take up relatively little space and can hang on the shipping container internal mounts to take the moisture out of the air and help protect the contents. They can absorb up to two litres of moisture and feature anti-leak protection.
U Hold The Key Site Manager Susan Wallace comments: “The colder weather can be problematic, but there are steps that customers can take to minimise any issues.  We have not heard many cases of shipping containers suffering from condensation issues in the 16 years, but we can supply Absorpoles to customers who want to take extra steps to protect their products and prevent condensation.  Customers who need any advice can always speak to one of our friendly team who are always happy to help.”
If you have any questions about self-storage during the winter months, you can find some key advice on our website at or contact the team direct on 0800 389 43 19.

Partnership offers peace of mind

U Hold The Key is offering self-storage customers peace of mind, thanks to a new partnership with Cheviot Insurance.

Available to both new and existing customers, the comprehensive insurance is quick and easy to arrange. To find out more or to arrange a quote follow the link here.

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  • New container conversion projects

New container conversions projects

ContainerContainer has recently completed a conversion project on behalf of a food establishment, adding to a portfolio of bespoke conversions which include everything from generator container stores to pop up exhibition stands.

The bespoke conversion of the two 10ft containers included fitting a serving hatch complete with hydraulic pistols, as well as numerous steel brackets for mounting electrics.  Having been positively received by the client, the finished products are now being utilised to serve food at a variety of events.

Mark Harrop, our container conversion co-ordinator, comments: “We have seen an increase in the number of enquiries from customers requesting quotes for bespoke container conversions in various sizes, ranging from 10ft to 40ft.  This most recent dual conversion project for a catering retailer was a tasty and rewarding challenge, and we’re delighted to have another satisfied customer.”

For more information regarding our new container conversion projects follow the link here.

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  • Online container sales on the up

Online container sales on the up

Online sales of the new ‘one trip’ container and used containers continue to build well.

Shipping containers are now well-established as high specification engineered products, incorporating strength and integrity.  Our containers, which are imported from the highest quality manufacturers in the Far East and Europe, epitomise these quality standards.

Each new ‘one trip’ container, built in the Far East, conveys a single cargo around the world from East to West before being checked and delivered by the Parsons team.  Our European-sourced containers, which arrive direct from the production line, reflect the same high standards.  Meanwhile, our re-use containers offer a great value alternative, and have proven to have a very useful second life ashore, serving businesses and individuals well for many years. 
Both the new and re-use containers are available in a wide range of the most popular sizes on the market, ranging from 6ft by 6ft (new only) to 40ft by 8ft. 

Containers Now spokesperson said: “Not only do we offer a wide range of high-quality containers, our customers enjoy a quick and simple order process meaning they can have their container delivered in five working days from confirmation of the order. These factors have contributed to our continued buoyant sales.”

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New recruits settle in

In recent months, the Parsons Containers Group has made a number of key appointments in the shape of Mark Nicol, Business Development Manager and Mark Harrop, Container Conversion Co-ordinator. Both Marks are settling in well and supporting growth of the business.

Since joining Parsons, Mark Nicol who has a strong track record in sales and marketing has started putting plans into place to build on the groups success in self-storage and container sales throughout the UK.  He previously spent 22 years in commercial roles for with leading brands including Kelloggs, GlaxoSmithKline and most recently Kerry Foods, experience which he is utilising in this strategic role.

Mark Harrop's role as Container Conversion Co-ordinator comes at a time we are seeing an increase in the number of enquiries for shipping container conversion projects. Coupled with the graphic design work of Ryan Tempest we are now able to better respond to the varied projects that come to us and assist in the creativity of designs.

Ean Parsons, MD of Parsons Containers Group, comments: “Both Mark Nicol and Mark Harrop are already proving to be excellent additions to our great team.  They are both adding real value at what is a crucial time for the business, as we aim to build on recent successes and grow our business in all parts of the UK.  The addition of Mark and Mark represents another important moment in the progress of the Parsons Containers Group of companies.”

‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ success

Parsons Containers managed to raise over £140 during a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research at the end of September.

To show their support for the nationwide fundraiser, the team got busy baking cakes and other treats to host the event, where cake was swapped for cash in support of Macmillan.

Commenting on the event, Business Manager Jane Skilbeck, said: “What better way to raise funds for a great charity like Macmillan, than with coffee and cake? Macmillan provides emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK, and we were able to share information about this with guests over a cuppa and tasty snack. The success of the event was down to everyone who took the time to bake some delicious cakes, and of course all of those people who turned up to enjoy the goodies and make a donation.”

Supporting students with conversion project

Parsons Containers was delighted to support students from SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham recently, by donating several promotional stress containers as part of a project to come up with the most imaginative use for a container.

The students were tasked with coming up with unique business concepts which they then created from the mini-shipping containers, with the finished conversions including a make-up studio and takeaway food hubs. 

Ean Parsons, MD of Parsons Containers, comments: “We are always keen to support educational initiatives like this, as it’s important that students gain valuable experience of live projects away from the classroom before they enter the world of work." 

“The students impressed with their imaginative ideas and fantastic finished products; I’m sure we’ve witnessed some successful engineers and business brains of the future.  The project was also a great opportunity to showcase the versatility of storage containers which have so many potential uses, and can provide a cost-effective and unique base from which to operate a multitude of businesses.”

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