P & D Casemaking

1st March, 2019

You name it they pack it!

If you want a secret peek into the world of Dorset exports then look no further than P&D Casemaking.

From its Hamworthy site on the edge of Poole, the family business expertly packs hundreds of items for onward transmission across the globe.

James Robinson, Partner, PKF Francis Clark (centre) at P&D Casemaking in Dorset with (left to right) Colin Bell, Ryan Speller, Pat Bell and Chris Cutler

They can be anything from tanks and heavy machinery through to antiques, figurines and everything in-between.

And the destination can be anywhere in the world, by road, sea or air.

“I can proudly say that we’ve never been beaten. We’ve never said ‘No’ to anything,” said Patrick (Pat) Bell, 66, who founded P&D Casemaking in 1988 with the late Dave Powell (hence the P&D).

His son, Colin, 34, who now runs the business with fellow director Chris Cutler, added: “Every bit of packing is bespoke and designed by ourselves.

“It’s a competitive sector but we’re very proud of our work and the fact that so many of our clients have been with us for years.”

Apart from packing cases, other services offered by P&D Casemaking include barrier foil controlled environment packing, oxidisation and rust inhibitors, shrink wrapping and a packing service. 

Every month the three-strong team use the equivalent of an articulated lorry load of timber while each day they get through a staggering 20,000 nails.

Jobs have included the packing up of an entire business which was moving its operations from the UK to China.

The paperwork, machinery and tools comprised dozens of packing cases ranging in size from as little as 10kgs to large cases weighing 14 tonnes.

All needed to be shipped to China with either waterproof lining or barrier foil packaging.

The whole consignment was packed, secured and loaded onto HGV transport on site and shipped to China, arriving safe, sound, on time and in the same condition that it left the UK.

At the other end of the scale, P&D Casemaking has packed vases and even rare bottles of wine.

“The variety of work is huge and it’s fair to say that life is never dull,” said Colin.

P&D Casemaking has been a client of PKF Francis Clark for more than 30 years. Indeed, James Robinson, now Managing Partner of our Poole office, fondly remembers first visiting the firm during his training.

“I still love coming here and it’s staggering the volume of Dorset’s exports that go out in a P&D case,” said James.

He added: “P&D Casemaking is a great family business and it was a real privilege to help with a tax efficient plan for Pat to successfully exit and pass on control to the next generation.”

Colin said: “PKF Francis Clark has been with us every step of the way. It is very reassuring to have James and his team looking after our interests.” 

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