The first plastic storage box that Really Useful Products made was designed by managing director Mike Pickles. An accountant in the plastics industry, he wanted a sturdy box to hold his archive files. Today the company’s broad range can be used in the home and office. In 2007 the Yorkshire-based firm invested heavily in manufacturing capacity to meet growing demand in America. Trials in Office Depot and Staples stores in America have developed over five years into contracts to supply both chains, helping overseas sales to increase 50% a year, from £2.8m in 2007 to £6.3m in 2009.
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