John Packer Ltd, a specialist music company exporting and trading globally, has chosen Wellington for its new headquarters, moving from a base in Staplegrove, near Taunton School. With 22 staff and its eyes on further expansion the business wanted modern premises and all the employees under one roof.
John Packer Musical Instruments has just been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category – the highest official UK award for British business – with the ceremony happening in its new TA21 showroom.
The core success is owed to the increased international trade of the company’s manufacturing division – bearing the name of the company founder John Packer. ‘JP Musical Instruments’ are exported worldwide to a network of more than 300 music retailers.
“The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is highly prestigious and globally recognised, so we are very proud of how the company has forged an international presence, from a humble instrument repair service forty years ago,” said Rob Hanson, Director of John Packer Ltd
“It’s also of huge personal pride to John Packer that instruments which bear his name are used so widely – by education services, all manner of bands and professional players from Taunton to Tonga, the Midwest to Moscow, Ireland to Iceland.”
With the increased fame of the brand, John Packer Ltd has successfully collaborated with other international manufacturers, such as Smith-Watkins – whom supply instruments to the Ministry of Defence, Michael Rath Trombones, Sterling Musical Instruments and Taylor Trumpets.
Mr Hanson, who has led the collaborations, said:
“Our passion and commitment to customer service and longevity are paramount to our success and growth. But we’re also keen to keep expanding our range and building on our successful design collaborations so that we can continue to serve a universal desire to make music.”