AYP expands sustainable packaging offering at Ni.PARK

May 9, 2022

A family firm which has opened for business on Newport Innovation Park (Ni.PARK) is branching out to offer sustainable packaging solutions for clients.

Printing company AYP Design & Print Limited grew out of space in Newport and is now exploring printing on heat sealed food pouches for a Telford food company to help reduce waste. 

The firm is also looking to engage in an agri project at Harper Adams University in Newport which offers food development and agri-tech expertise.

AYP is renowned for its print and design services and has built an excellent reputation for service and quality with commercial and domestic customers in Newport and beyond.

Now the move to Ni.PARK is enabling the business to broaden its services and contribute to a greener planet.

The company has been looking to move to larger premises for some time and the move highlights AYP’s continued commitment to Newport.

AYP is situated alongside other agri-tech businesses on the site on the outskirts of Newport and is already working with them to develop a close-knit Ni.PARK community.

Phase One of the Ni.PARK project has delivered a range of new industrial units on the site and the park is being delivered in association with Harper Adams University to support agri-tech businesses.

With a background in agriculture and a former Harper Adams University student, Managing Director Martin Hall is also keen to work with the university going forward.

Martin said: “We’re really pleased with the move which is good news for our business and the direction we’re heading in.

“The new premises is a much larger space for us to operate in and one where we can grow our services – particularly the development of sustainable packages which are becoming increasingly popular as businesses look to reduce their carbon footprints and reduce waste. 

“We want to work closely with all the businesses at Ni.PARK and support them in any way we can.

“This move has come at the right time for us and we are looking forward to the next stage of our journey.”

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, said: “AYP is another new addition to Ni.PARK and one which is looking to branch out into sustainable packaging, in addition to its core services. 

“This is an example of another local business which is underlining its commitment to Newport, has ambitions to grow and wants to build relationships with other agri-tech businesses on the Ni.PARK site as well as with Harper Adams University.

“The original concept behind NiPark was to develop an agri-tech business park of national and International repute. 

“We’re well on the way to achieving that vision through not only welcoming new International agri-tech businesses to Telford and Wrekin but also by enabling local businesses to expand and remain in the borough.”

Ni.PARK has been supported by £7.36 million of funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership under the Local Growth Fund and a further £1 million from Homes England as part of the wider Newport Innovation and Enterprise package.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

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