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Jutexpo Welcomes New Graduate

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Jutexpo, the UK’s leading re-usable bag company, has appointed a new graduate to support its expansion into international markets and increase its presence in the Scottish marketplace.

With Scottish Enterprise support, Jutexpo is identifying key areas to create a globally competitive company. Funded by Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of Scottish Enterprise, with recruitment facilitated by Talent Scotland, Manon Doucet joins Jutexpo in a market development role and will be based in the company’s new office in Alloa.

Manon, a graduate from Napier University, Edinburgh, with an MSc in Marketing, will be helping Jutexpo to develop business in Europe and Scotland. The expansion comes in advance of the introduction of the Scottish plastic bag tax, which is set to be introduced during 2013 following a period of public consultation.

Sam Turner, compliance director at Jutexpo, said: “Scottish Enterprise has been a key partner in our expansion plans, providing financial support and introducing us to other enterprise agencies like SDI and Talent Scotland. SDI is currently helping us with our international market development and has put up the funding for us to hire our first graduate in Scotland.

“The company is growing in Scotland so it has been great to add Manon to our team. With her language skills and marketing expertise, Manon is already proving to be a valuable asset to the company and will be a key player as we grow our client footprint both domestically and abroad. The introduction of a plastic bag tax also offers a very unique growth opportunity for Jutexpo in Scotland.”

Scottish Enterprise works closely with high-growth companies looking to develop new products, be innovative and expand into new markets.

John Penman, account manager at Scottish Enterprise, said: “At Scottish Enterprise our main focus is to identify and exploit opportunities for economic growth by supporting Scottish companies. Our goal is to create a world-class business environment which will attract new investment and boostScotland’s overall economic performance.

“We have been concentrating on Jutexpo’s marketing strategy, international development and financial support over the last year. This is a very exciting time for the business and we are all looking forward to seeing what new opportunities will arise for them.”

Sarah Thomson, international senior manager at SDI, said: “SDI works closely with Talent Scotlandand the Graduate Placement Team which was designed to give companies access to the skills and knowledge of Scotland’s finest graduates. The programme is a great platform for graduates to find a job and attend classes to develop their business skills.

“It’s really encouraging to see companies like Jutexpo investing in skills and training and providing employment opportunities for graduates in Scotland.”

Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, has welcomed the new office and praised Jutexpo for expanding into the Scottish market.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Jutexpo to Alloa.  The company is clearly a business which is going places - with contracts to supply branded bags to leading retailers among many other companies.  

“Clackmannanshire has a lot to offer and it is great to see such an ambitious and successful company decide to locate here.”