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.
Meet the GHL Team who are here to help you with every aspect of growing your product based business.
Huw is passionate about helping UK SME’s scale up their businesses and
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.
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.”
Chinese Purchasing Manager and Office Manager.
Giulia began working as part of the GHL Team in 2015 and most enjoys business trips. She loves traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people. Guilia especially likes Hong Kong because of it’s mix of Chinese and British culture and it’s potential for business opportunity.
An asset to the team, Giulia is most passionate about problem solving and finding the find 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, Guilia enjoys sports; specifically running and playing rugby and if Guilia 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”
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.”