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Pulse Flexible Packaging

Today, Wednesday 7th May, Pulse Flexible Packaging Limited acquired the assets and liabilities of Printpack Enterprises Limited from Printpack Inc. via a Management Buy Out (“MBO”).

This MBO is considered an extremely positive proposal for all stakeholders : Customers, Suppliers, Associates, Pensioners and Shareholders, and seeks to preserve all 330 jobs at both the UK locations in Bury, Lancashire and Saffron Walden, Essex. The transaction will provide a unique opportunity for a profitable and sustainable UK business while providing a longer term solution to the historic pension funding issues.

The MBO team consists of Mike Collins (to be appointed Managing Director), Sales & Marketing Director Barry Bleasdale and Finance Director Amanda Shepherd.  We are also delighted to announce the support of a new (Non-Executive) Chairman Robert Horvath who will bring a wealth of experience to the company.  Robert is an established Senior Corporate Executive whose additional strategic perspective will help guide new growth and prosperity in the business. 

Pulse Flexible Packaging Ltd is delighted to have the opportunity to serve its loyal customer base and looks forward to remaining their Flexible Packaging supplier of choice. To further enhance our capabilities and increase capacity we have embarked on the first phase of our investment strategy with the addition of a new, short run flexo press with an in line cold seal facility to be installed in the coming months. We are committed to working closely with our customers with an increased focus on Innovation and Supply Chain solutions to better serve their ever changing needs.

We will continue to trade as Printpack until Pulse Flexible Packaging is established in the marketplace.

Meet the team

Mike Collins
Managing Director


Mike has been with Printpack since 1991 with prime responsibility for the manufacturing sites in the UK. Mike has been a member of the Leadership Team for 12 years and has experience of World Class Manufacturing techniques, change management ,acquisition and site consolidations. His commercial acumen, strategic vision and strong leadership well positions him for
the role.

Barry Bleasdale
Sales and Marketing Director


Over 30 years experience in the UK Flexible Packaging Market.
Barry has worked at Printpack for the last 20 years in Sales, Sales Management and Leadership roles, serving as Sales & Marketing Director since 2003. Barry possesses an abundance of client development and relationship management experience working with many blue chip brands.

Amanda Shepherd
Finance Director


Amanda joined the business in late 2012 and is responsible for the Finance Function. A CIMA qualified accountant with 12 years board level experience, her experience has been gained across a wide spectrum of industries. Has been involved in a variety of strategic challenges including VC backed businesses, due diligence, acquisitions integrations and restructuring.

Robert Horvath
Non Exec Chairman


Commercially astute Chief Executive with impressive record of leadership in complex environments. Strategic thinker with significant and practical acquisition and disposal experience, strong negotiating skills and leadership experience. Committed to delivering shareholder value. Excellent MBO experience including 3 successful exits.