Company is successful in catering deal

A NORTH Shields business has secured a major deal to supply councils across the north east with food packaging and catering disposables.

GM Packaging (UK) Ltd has been awarded the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) framework agreement for the supply of catering disposables for the second time following a bidding process in November.

The two-year deal will see the company, based at the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, provide NEPO members – which include local authorities, schools, colleges, charities and universities throughout the north east – with catering packaging and disposables, from coffee cups and food containers to tableware and hygiene products.

GM Packaging has regained the contract having previously held it for four years.

Graham Montague, the company’s managing director, said: “It is particularly rewarding to be awarded the contract for another two years.”

NEPO says the competitive pricing achieved means its members can expect to save more than £24,000 per year.

Laura Hood, NEPO procurement officer, said: “We are looking forward to a successful partnership with GM Packaging throughout the duration of this framework.”

The NEPO member organisations participating in the tender were Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton, and Sunderland.