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Parsons Containers


Parsons are a long-established supplier of shipping containers for all applications by sale and hire throughout the UK. The company is one of the UK’s largest multi-discipline shipping container businesses, operating on multiple sites, including a strong presence in the north east. Under the “Parsons Containers” and “ContainerContainer” brands, the company supplies shipping containers to industries for shipping and freight and for applications including accommodation and storage. These include the self-storage industry, construction, off-shore, local government, schools and catering. 

Deal size



County Durham

Funding need

Sales and marketing and expand customer reach



With that platform, we have established a growing national customer base and a strong demand for our products and services.  I am pleased that Maven is demonstrating confidence in the business with this investment.  It will enable us to take advantage of existing opportunities and I am sure that we will repay this faith by strengthening our business in Durham and the North East.

Ean Parsons
Managing Director of Parsons Containers

Growth Journey

Parsons Containers were established in 2000 in Sedgefield, County Durham by two directors who both have long experience in the container business in supplying containers for shipping and freight as well as for storage and accommodation.

In 2001 U Hold The Key Self Storage was added to the business as one of the first container self storage businesses in the UK and has since grown to have ten sites and a thousand stores, mainly in the North East of England.

As web purchasing grew in popularity in 2007 the company set up a web trading business ContainerContainer to reach national markets with container supply.

Ean Parsons, Founder and Managing Director, has worked in the shipping container industry since 1984 and has been instrumental in the historic development of the business, running it since inception in 2000. 

The NEDCF investment will support the company’s growth plans, enhancing its digital presence online and help the business to open four new sites for its self-storage brand, ‘U Hold the Key’, in the next 12 months.

Could the North East Development Capital Fund help support your growth journey?

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