Using our knowledge and experience, we’re helping our customers deal with the pitfalls and uncertainties of setting up production in China so they can focus on their business.
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In late 2011, an email from a friend marked “URGENT – need some help!!!” landed in Huw Johnstone’s inbox. Huw was working in China at the time, for a company, sourcing products for large high street retailers. The friend, who had taken steps to grow his business and move his manufacturing to China, was struggling to get the products he had ordered to where he needed them to be in the UK.
Huw to the rescue! With a little help from his existing connections, the order was chased down and completed, Huw supervised the loading and arranged the shipping and his friend was forever grateful.
That was the seed of GHL Sourcing…
How could Huw support the people behind the businesses who wanted to grow; those who wanted to develop new products, move their manufacturing overseas or source products in a more cost effective way?
Starting with a huge network of connections, a comprehensive portfolio of factories that could produce a huge range of products and a desire to help people just like Huw’s friend, GHL Sourcing began and the team grew rapidly.
Now, the team at GHL Sourcing help businesses all over the UK to grow their profits and their businesses with advice, guidance and support with every aspect of moving their manufacturing to China, sourcing products and developing new ideas. Using their extensive knowledge and experience, the team help clients with the pitfalls and uncertainties of setting up production in China so they can focus on growing their businesses.
The GHL Team extends over two offices, Cardiff and Xiamen. They are here to help you with every aspect of growing your product based business.
Take a look below to see who you can find where and to find out more about each of our team members
Who we are…
Cardiff and Xiamen Offices
Huw is passionate about helping UK SME’s scale up their businesses and increase their profit margins, by boosting their manufacturing processes or sourcing products more efficiently.
He is well versed in plastic manufacturing and is familiar with the different techniques that can be utilised including injection moulding, blow moulding or compression moulding.
Huw’s experience encompasses smaller, more bespoke runs as well as larger mass production. GHL Sourcing has helped to source and produce plastic injection moulded products ranging in size from clothes pegs to tool handles to much larger gardening and office products.
With experience in textiles Huw has an excellent knowledge of materials and techniques that can help to make the product you want; from car seat covers and garden furniture covers as well as sports clothing, polyester tents, gardening gloves and a range of other products.
Cardiff and Xiamen Offices
Giulia began working as part of the GHL Team in 2015 and most enjoys business trips. She loves travelling, seeing new places and meeting new people. Giulia especially likes Hong Kong because of its mix of Chinese and British culture and its potential for business opportunity.
An asset to the team, Giulia is most passionate about problem-solving and finding the right solutions for any given problem. A project being completed, especially when it is a challenging one, is what drives Giulia.
Her life motto? “Work hard and play hard.“
Outside of work, Giulia enjoys sports; specifically running and playing rugby. If Giulia owned her own product-based business she would sell handbags:
“Most women would consider a handbag one of her favourite accessories. I would aim for both the Chinese and British market, with the added idea of waterproof bags, which I’m sure would be successful in Britain. Through GHL Sourcing, I already know manufacturers with excellent quality products at good prices.”
Key Account Manager
Mark is GHL’s B2B specialist in marketing, sales, product development and strategic planning. As our Key Account Manager, Mark is passionate about partnering with our clients to support them in their product development. He works closely with all clients sharing concepts and innovative ideas, allowing them and their organisations to grow and stay ahead of industry curves.
Having worked in the textile industry for over 20 years, and more recently the toy industry, Mark has an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing practices and has worked closely with trusted suppliers, often visiting the Far East to challenge capabilities and seek new innovations.
There is no denying the value that Mark brings to the GHL team. He has what it takes to make a real difference and get the job done for our clients.
Outside of work, Mark is what you might call the ‘outdoorsy’ type. As well as a keen long-distance hill walker, he has an interest in outdoor pursuits including sailing, windsurfing and mountain biking.
With an unwavering focus on the client experience, Annie looks after GHL’s online presence.
Having worked in customer service roles for more than ten years and working in the digital space for over 5 years, Annie knows what it takes to connect with the right people in the right places.
An advocate for the positive effects of productivity on business growth, Annie supports clients and their organisations to get to where they want to be.
When Annie isn’t tapping away on her laptop, helping business owners across the UK, she can often be found working out in the gym, running around outdoors with her children or most often, drinking tea and eating biscuits.
Simon joined the GHL Team in 2016 with a huge repository of knowledge about injection moulds and plastics. Simon is an old friend of founder Huw and is as reliable as he is organised. As a Project Manager, he is most passionate about providing value to clients and their companies.
When it comes to working on projects, Simon is most passionate about being able to tackle any issues that might occur. He says:
“I enjoy being able to find solutions by really looking at the details. Sometimes it isn’t obvious at first glance but our experience and knowledge means we know where to look to find the answer.”
Simon confesses he doesn’t have one particular moment that he is proud of, but that he feels contentment with the completion of every successful GHL project, where he knows that it has been completed to the best possible standard.
Outside of working for GHL, Simon loves to travel and explore different cultures and his favourite place is London! His life motto is: “Don’t give up and don’t give in” (which comes in handy when working on those tricky projects!).
If Simon owned a product-based business, he says he would create a line of baby products!
“With the new policy in China allowing couples to have two children, the marketing around babies is getting more and more obvious. Meanwhile, I have great working relationships with manufacturers in this area.”
Jania has most recently joined the GHL Team as a Project Manager in the Xiamen office.
Despite being the newest member of the team, Jania brings 8 years of experience working in silicone manufacturing and metal work. This skill set adds huge value to many of our client projects.
Jania’s fine attention to detail sits perfectly with GHL’s company values and it goes a long way in ensuring clients’ projects are carried out efficiently, all the way through.
In keeping with the general ‘can do’ attitude of the GHL team, Jania’s life motto is:
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
Rita is originally from Guangzhou, China and started working with us in 2016. She enjoys the challenges and learning curves that the industry brings.
Our expert in lighting (LED bulbs are a speciality) who has also spearheaded several of our woodwork projects, she says:
“I’m most passionate about finding the most competitive supplier that is the perfect fit for our client. I consider my proudest moments to be when the goods are dispatched successfully and when our clients are satisfied with our work.”
Her life motto?: “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
What else can we tell you? Well, she loves to travel to Thailand for her holidays, enjoys painting in her spare time and she is a fan of old school black metal, but also loves a bit of Abba!
We asked Rita what she would sell if she owned her own product based business:
“Environmentally friendly products such as bamboo cups – we should all be aware of the damage around the environment. As a sustainable material, bamboo can do the job and is also a good sales point.”
Quality Assurance Engineer
As our Quality Assurance Engineer, Yanbin always keeps in mind that quality matters. Not only to us on behalf of our clients, but to our clients too.
An experienced quality controller, Yanbin joined GHL team in 2018.
Yanbin demonstrates a high level of professionalism and efficiency and their attention to detail is staggering.
Not only is Yanbin an asset to the GHL team, maintaining our reputation for quality manufacturing, but they also add huge value to our clients and their projects.
If you’re moving your products from A to B via the ocean, Wayne is who you need.
A highly regarded member of the GHL team, Wayne has worked in logistics for over 10 years so you’re in safe hands. His extensive network of contacts also ensures that our clients get the best deal for their consignment logistics.
We have seen a recent increase in both domestic and international air freight logistics; regardless of the size of the consignments.
Whether we are supporting the delivery of small parcels or 5ton consignments, Lin has built a fantastic network of contacts in the air freight industry enabling us to secure the best pricing for our clients.
Dealing with both our domestic (China) and international air freight, it goes without saying that our warehouse would not be as organised without Lin who is an invaluable part of our operation.