Wiltshire start-up targets caterers

A builder-turned-catering salesman is hoping to make his mark in the catering sector by offering an innovative range of disposable packaging solutions to food operators.

Sam Hodges, the founder of Wiltshire-based Myra Disposables, is already delivering a range of products locally to schools, pubs and restaurants and wants to build on that this year by forging ties with wholesalers.

Myra’s main USP is that it offers customers a personalised packaging service, so that they can have their own names and logos on boxes.

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“We set up the business with the view of providing a reliable and affordable service to the businesses in our local area, as people were remarking on what poor service other providers were delivering,” explained Hodges.

“This is mainly due to the fact that they had spread themselves too thinly — food suppliers were trying to do everything, including disposables and chemicals. We felt as though we could specialise in catering disposables and cleaning chemicals.”

The company is operating as a mail order business in order to keep costs manageable, but has recently invested in developing its online capabilities.

“We are in the later stages of developing our website, which is based for the wholesale user as a fairly-priced platform from which to buy all their non-consumable disposable products,” he said. “It is mainly designed for the cafe and sandwich market due to the personalised branding service it is offering.”

Hodges said that he believed Myra could offer a “fresh and new outlook on supplying the thousands of caterers in the country”.

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