When accountant Mike Pickles could not find a transparent stacking box in which to store his archive records, he decided to create one himself. Leeds-based Really Useful Products now sells its range of rigid plastic boxes through retailers such as Staples, WH Smith, Ryman and Viking Direct. The containers are mostly sold to office users, but are also used in the film and television industry to transport cabling. Sales have grown 79% a year from £1.5m in 2003 to £8.8m in 2006.

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Company details
CompanyReally Useful Products
ActivityStorage box supplier
LocationWest Yorkshire
Annual sales rise over 3 years79.13%
Latest sales £000s8,826

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