Shipping containers are a necessary commodity for any company that imports or exports goods, machinery and equipent. A leading supplier of the very same has just expanded its team, with two senior appointments.

Cleveland Containers, which is based in Stockton, has appointed Amy Quinn as Head of Sales and Matthew Hawkins as Financial Controller.

The recent appointments follow a record-breaking year for the firm, in which its turnover increased by 73 per cent.

Managing director Johnathan Bulmer said: “Having Amy and Matthew in these roles will improve overall operations across all departments, allow us to provide a better service to our customers and support the introduction of new systems which will help the team work more efficiently.”

Amy will take the reins following the promotion of her predecessor to director, to oversee day-to-day activities of the sales team, develop strategies and work closely with Cleveland Containers’ customer database.

She said: “I’m keen to help develop the business by identifying opportunities and building even better relationships with our new and existing customers, ensuring we continue to be the leading supplier of containers in the UK.”

Utilising his previous experience in the public sector and manufacturing, Matthew will be responsible for management of the firm’s finance function, implementing and improving procedures, and developing the team.

He said: “I’m looking forward to adding value, making an impact and putting processes into place to allow the finance side of the business to move forward.”

The firm has further growth plans in the pipeline and is aiming to recruit another eight to 10 members of staff in the next 12 months, including some senior positions.