It seems only days since we looked back on 2018, yet here we are reviewing 2019!
The year for us was planned as consolidation on 2018 and 2017, but has turned out to be one of some growth. We will have exceeded the sales of 2018 by some 15% and returned a 4% improvement against Budget. This has been down to a massive effort from the staff who have not only worked long hours, but stepped up to help however and whenever they could. This resulted in October being our best ever sales Month, a 10% increase on our previous best set in 2014. November also exceeded many previous Months, as our 5th best Month, while the year should prove to be our second best ever in terms of sales.
We will have received around 5,500 orders from nearly 400 individual customers, with over 500,000,000 labels being produced.
Alongside thanking the staff, we also pass our thanks to all of our customers, much of the growth this year has been from our existing customer base and we thank you for your loyalty, also our suppliers for their continued support, backing and help, and also hospitality at several events this year.
We have already started our next line of capital investment and will be receiving delivery of a new re-winder in early 2020, this the start of a proposed 18 - 24 Month program. We must thank our Board, shareholders and all at Pemberstone - https://www.pemberstone.com/ - for their backing and support of not only this investment, but more generally over the year.
Alongside the hard work and long hours, we have also enjoyed some other activity, our training days at cutter suppliers, Kocker and Beck, were both informative and enjoyable, while the visit of the Treat Truck (ice cream "van") in the heat of the Summer was most welcome. We also "enjoyed" or "endured" the go-cart based quiz afternoon, depending on your view! This year we have also "sponsored" a Christmas Tree at the Lichfield Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival, Jane and Rachel enjoyed an afternoon out to both "dress" the tree, and wonder around the wonderful building while also seeing the other trees in the festival.
Our support of the Re:Cycle Lichfield project was recognised as we won the Business Contribution to Volunteering award at the Support Staffordshire Star Awards night. On behalf of Re:Cycle Lichfield, we again hosted the feed stop on their sportive cycle ride, which saw over 200 riders call in... not all at once!, and we were most pleased to welcome several friendly faces from suppliers, customers and competitors among them.