SOLUTIONS BUILT AROUND YOU
Protective Solutions (UK) Limited mission is to be the best for their customers. Solutions built around cost effective products and outstanding service. The requirements placed on packaging across all industries change all the time.
Our challenge is to keep one step ahead of our customers’ demands. To develop solutions that are apt for today and ample for tomorrow. Solutions that keep our customers moving forward.
PSL are stockist of packaging products which means we hold a large variety of packaging materials as stock which allows us to deliver if required same day using our dedicated transport.
PSL Unit 1 boasts 2,000ft open plan office space 8,500ft storage unit used to store non palletised stock. This unit is also used to complete Kan-ban orders or to assemble cartons with die-cut fitments.
PSL Unit 2 can accommodate 500 plus pallets and is used to store palletised packaging for customers to call-off as required. We can also offer long term storage to custom suit your requirements.
PSL manages many large contracts in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties, some of which require fully maintained Kan-ban systems that are managed on a daily basis.
OUR SPECIALISED TEAM
The packaging industry for me is the most rewarding job I have ever had. I was lucky enough to be given a chance to work for a local company in Gloucester working alongside my sales manager Mike Gilding and reporting direct to Kevin and Nevil Langston. It’s the time I spent working with them which gave me the knowledge and support I needed to develop and prosper in the packaging industry.
I stayed for several years until an opportunity came my way which would develop my design skills, working with customers and finding the solution for their packaging needs.
I left to join a true packaging merchant in Gloucester who at the time was the perfect company for me to develop my management skills. Unfortunately the company began talks with a national stockist of packaging which for me would not work with the customers I have amassed over the years in the industry.
The only option for me was to start up Protective Solutions (UK) Limited. Over the next 10 years PSL has grown into one of the largest independent stockist and suppliers of packaging materials in Gloucestershire.
PSL is driven by its staff whose dedication and commitment to its customers steers us.
I started in the packaging industry as an internal sales contact for Fist Fast packaging. Fist Fast was then taken over by National Packaging.
I was lucky to have worked alongside some of the best people in the industry and when it became time for me to leave I had progressed to Regional Commercial Manager responsible for the South West.
I joined a newly formed packaging company in Gloucester as Sales Executive and that’s where I met Des.
The company we both worked for was in talks to be sold and that’s when we decided to leave and set up Protective Solutions (UK) Limited. We rented a small unit in Stonehouse and bought a small van. After 6 weeks we had to move again as we out grew the unit, luckily before the lease was signed.
My role has changed at PSL and I now look after the finance side part time and our two beautiful daughters at home full time.
Over 25 years in the packaging industry, working for both Local and National Manufacturers and Distributors, has allowed me to develop an extensive knowledge of packaging materials, and gives me a good understanding of a customer’s expectations and responsibilities.
I joined PSL over 8 years ago and have been involved in both field and office based sales management, purchasing, project management, bespoke design, and assembling of packaging to every conceivable industry type.
A good working knowledge of bespoke packaging, corrugated and solid board, wood, tapes, postal packaging, void fill, foams, stretch, polythene and VCI materials; along with Machinery, allows me to advise and supply customers with exactly what they need. Giving improved protection and cost reductions, along with improved costs and margins for both customer and supplier.
With environmentally friendly packaging now being such a high priority for companies, many of my current projects are focused on finding alternative packaging solutions, whilst also educating and addressing people’s perceptions.
Ultimately though, it’s about providing a friendly and professional service, whilst enjoying long term relationships with both customers and suppliers.
I left School and started work at the family’s glazing business for 8 years and by the end of my employment I was in charge of the office.
I was told about a vacancy at PSL which was coming up and applied for the job as internal sales. I was interviewed by Des and started the next day.
After 12 months I was promoted to office manager. Des had an idea to sell office stationery to our customers who we already sell packaging materials too. Des could see potential in me and asked me to go out on the road and sell Office Stationery. It’s something I’d never done before and Des said if it didn't work out I could come back into the office. I was given a car and a new van was purchased (no pressure then) and we launched PSL Stationery.
The stationery side of the business has been a great success and it's been a learning curve for me as we started from the bottom with no sales.
Now I've moved up to a full Account Manager role and, with the launch of the new website, I’m going to be even busier!
I joined PSL in May 2018, having met Des and Ali over 15 years ago when I worked at Online Packaging.
I left there to have my first daughter and then moved to Cornwall, living there for 8 years.
However, I was born and brought up in Gloucestershire, and decided to move back to my home town of Dursley at the beginning of 2018.
By chance I met Des and Ali again at the local swimming pool where our children were having lessons. They invited me over to PSL, to see where they were based and what they do.
I was so impressed! The business really had grown so much over the years!
Des and Ali offered me the fantastic opportunity to work with them again, and I initially started in the office, getting to know the systems, etc.
Since then I have become an Account Manager, which I absolutely love!
We have fantastic customers and a lovely team here at PSL, and it seems like I never left the packaging industry and have worked here forever!
I'm so glad I bumped into Des and Ali again. :-)
I’ve grown up in Stroud and attended Stroud College for two years studying Beauty Therapy. I took a part time job as a cleaner to go towards my driving lessons and my first car.
After leaving college I started looking for full time employment, which was harder than what I thought it would be. I was 22 with no experience working in an office but I kept on looking.
My break came when my sister had a tag from a friend on Facebook. I called the number and spoke to Leanne who is the office manager and I was offered an interview. I was a bit apprehensive as I have had interviews and they had all gone wrong for me.
The interview went well and I was introduced to the team. Little did I know that Des was looking for a blank canvas. I was offered the job the next day.
I’ve worked at PSL for over 4 years now. With the help of Leanne, I’m now part of the internal sales team and Gary’s internal contact sourcing new products daily.
PSL is a great place to work and the time flies by.
I have always lived here in Stonehouse Gloucestershire.
I first joined PSL originally back in 2014 and then worked for the company for 5 years and progressed within the company.
However, I then decided that I would leave PSL and work for a local maintenance company as a scheduler.
When I left PSL I also found my partner who will soon be becoming my husband in 2020!
My partner was the one that encouraged me to return to PSL as all I spoke about was how much I missed it!
PSL are a hard working, friendly team that love to have fun while we work.
I grew up in North Nibley Gloucestershire, and went to KLB sixth form to study Art, Photography and English.
I had a part time retail job to get some money, and took up boxing to give me some motivation.
After I left sixth form I knew I wanted to work in an office, however found it difficult to get a job with no experience.
I went for the interview at PSL and Des took a chance and I was offered the job a day later!
I’ve loved working here as an office assistant, the rest of the team keep me busy and make sure I enjoy my day.
PSL Supporting The World's Biggest Coffee Morning...!
On Friday 27th September, PSL did our bit to help raise £75,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by proudly supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Lots of people popped along to our offices in Stonehouse between 10am and 12 noon, for some cake and a coffee. It was great fun!
We also gave out recipes for a delicious chocolate & vanilla drizzle cake and gluten-free chocolate cookies with coconut cream (yum!), as well as running a raffle to win a hamper.
Last year we raised £165 for this fantastic charity, and we're proud to say we achieved a similar result again this year.
Do come along if you can next year, and help us beat this figure in 2020.