Company History

The J&C Containers team has experienced significant milestones as the business has grown, from a single person in 2002 to a team of 57 members of the team and 14 delivery lorries.

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To record our progress for the future we have recorded a brief history here as a company timeline since 2002. It’s by no means complete so we welcome any suggestions from current and former employees and clients too! Please send any omissions or suggestions thank you.

2021: June A Record Year

J&C Container achieves its biggest-ever year – recording a growth of over 30% on the previous year

2021: May Senior Leadership Team Strengthened

Josh Brown joins the business in a newly formed Head of Operations role to support the ongoing growth strategy and bringing an additional experience to the senior leadership team


2021 Flat Pack Kiosk Launched.

The company launches its new flat-pack kiosk designed for the hospitality and events industries.

2021 Expanded Workshop Facilities

Additional facilities secured on the existing New York site allow further expansion of workshops for the container conversions team and a new dedicated workshop for the Modular Buildings team.

2021 Significant Growth Planned.

The board approved plans for significant growth over the next 5 years.

2021 2,000 Hire Fleet Units

With the continued growth and success of our hire business, we now have over 2,000 units on our hire fleet

2021 Future 50 Recognition

J&C Containers receives recognition as a high-growth regional business with the ability to create jobs and outpace rivals’ growth.

2020 Planning Approval for New HQ

Planning permission for the company’s new HQ at its New York premises is granted with work starting in early 2021.

2020 Dedicated Transport Planner

Steve Cumbers is appointed to the Transport team as a dedicated transport planner, responsible for scheduling all deliveries and collections using the company’s fleet of vehicles.

2020 First Employee Retires Read more

Having been the company’s first-ever full-time employee, John Morres retires after 17 years’ service.

2020 New Artic Tractor

The first articulated crane lorry on the road increases fleet size to eleven. This bespoke lorry build will bring the movement of all 40ft containers and cabins in-house for both hire and sale. Equipped with front legs it will also be a valuable addition for site work in restricted places.

2020 State of the Art Paint Shop

With a growing business in both hire and sale, we need to keep up with the needs to paint more cabins and containers. The addition of this state-of-the-art paint shop will increase quality, reduce energy use through heat recovery and improve lead times for all departments.

2020 Hire Team Strengthened Read more

Natasha Wong joins J&C containers bringing a wealth of industry experience to further strengthen our dedicated hire team.

2019 New website goes live Read more

In May a brand new website is launched at with much-improved photography, clear navigation, and an online shopping facility making it even easier to browse and order products online.

2019 Triple Crown of ISO Accreditation

The award of the ISO 45001 certification for Health & Safety Management is added to our ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management certifications to achieve the Triple Crown.

2018 Latest lorry takes the fleet to ten

During December, a further vehicle joins the fleet, a Volvo 8×2 rigid lorry with 360 degrees operation site set-up and 65-tonne meter Hyva crane, the first in the world of this type, which takes the lorry fleet to ten vehicles.

2018 Size of the team makes company significant employer

The J&C Containers team full-time team now stands at 37 people, in addition to numerous local contractors which makes the company a significant enterprise and employer in New York.

2018 New installation team formed

An in-house installation team is established to work on modular, hire, and flat-pack sales, headed up by Pat Ames, formerly with the hire fleet maintenance team.

2018 Workshops allow for business expansion

Workshops are converted to provide more room for hire sales, the paint preparation area, and additional storage to facilitate future growth plans.

2018 Promotions

Danny Barrow was promoted to head up the dedicated Modular Division and Michelle McGuire is promoted to Hire Supervisor.

2017 ISO accreditation upgrades achieved Read more

ISO 14001 accreditation and ISO 9001 are upgraded to ISO 9001 2015 following a successful audit process.

2017 Exclusive flat-pack agreement

An exclusive agreement is signed with an overseas factory partner to produce and import flat pack cabins and containers.

2017 Promotion strengthens management team

Mark Dolman is promoted to Commercial Director to assist Mark Black with developing the business and strengthening the management team for continued strategic company growth.

2017 New appointments help business growth

Ian Stringer joins as dedicated Production Manager to develop the container conversions division and to meet continued growth, Richard Marriott is appointed as a dedicated Forklift Driver, speeding up loading and unloading.

2016 Investment made in production facilities

Investment is made in a new and more efficient heating system and improvements to the extraction system in the cabin and container paint shop

2016 New milestone for hire fleet

The number of sales units hits 1,500

2015 Business growth mirrored by further team expansion

Due to the increased volume of online sales Sam Curtis joins the sales team to assist Dave Stephenson, Lee Graham is appointed Technical Sales Assistant to assist Danny Napier and bring CAD drawing and design and development in-house and Mark Smyth is recruited to the new position of Finance Manager.

2014 Team growth with three new appointments

J&C Container appoints Danny Barrows to head up the Container Conversions Division, Mark Dolman as Hirefleet Manager and Michelle McGuire as Hire Controller.

2014 Company achieves FORS Bronze Accreditation

Portable Space is accredited with Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze for the first time, in recognition of its transport fleet’s compliance with set requirements based on the lawfulness, safety, efficiency and environmental protection.

2012 Management buy-out

Mark Black exits the day-to-day management role in the family farming business to focus solely on J&C Containers, securing finance from Handelsbanken to complete a management buy-out of the company from the family.

2012 Growing Accounts team Read more

The Accounts team doubles in size with the appointment of Jill Drake.

2012 Containers from China Read more

A major purchasing change is made to buy one-trip containers directly from Chinese factories rather than locally from UK traders.

2012 Hirefleet passes 1,000 rental unit milestone

The hirefleet passes a major milestone with 1,000 rental units.

2011 Online sales launched

J&C Container becomes one of the first ever companies to offer cabins and containers for sale online


2011 J&C Container team expands with two key appointments

Lee Potter is appointed to assist with preparing cabins and containers ready for hire; and Mark Wilby joins as welder/fabricator.

2010 Container Conversions Division established.

A specialist division for Container Conversions is created, to make shipping containers suitable for new uses.

2010 Operations team moves into bespoke modular building Read more

The sales and administration operations move out of the farm offices into a bespoke modular building at Red House Farm.

2010 New head of sales appointed

Dave Stephenson joins to develop the Sales Division.

2007 First specially-designed lorry joins the fleet

The first specially-designed 6×2 Volvo lorry is built and added to the fleet, complete with a 36-tonne metre Amco Veba crane. A second vehicle is added two years later.

2006 Sales Division established.

A dedicated sales team focuses on selling portable cabins, shipping containers and flat pack cabins.

2005 Dedicated maintenance workshop created

Farm buildings are converted into a dedicated maintenance workshop for preparing and painting the hire fleet.

2004 First full-time person employed

Malcolm Bendall joins as Maintenance Assistant, the first of many full- time people.

2003 Decision taken to invest in new steel ‘anti-vandal cabins for sale

A strategic decision is made to invest in new steel ‘anti-vandal’ cabins rather than Jackleg cabins for the hirefleet – which continues today. Specifications are continually updated in line with new technology, customer needs and environmental concerns.

2002 J&C Containers is founded

2001 Mark Black looks for

Fifty cabins and containers, together with a HIAB lorry, are purchased from a local plant hire company based nearby in Hadleigh. Initially, all tasks including deliveries are carried out by Mark Black, with part-time help from the farm maintenance team to clean and paint the cabins.