History

Potterton Cases

Both Pottertons Cases and PACS of Leicester are proud of their heritage with the companies having traded for 116 and 120 years respectively prior to merger.

Incorporated in 1896, A Potterton Ltd was named after its founder Arthur Potterton and traded as Pottertons Cases primarily manufacturing shoe display cases to supply the booming shoe and textile industry in Leicester at that time.

The company’s reputation grew over the years and became synonymous with the highest standards of craftsmanship, commissioned to make shoe cases for H.R.H. The Duchess of York’s wedding luggage in 1929.



In 1946 the company was purchased by Mr. Norman Jackson from the Potterton family. John Pickering the son in-law of Mr Jackson took over Pottertons Cases in 1957. Under John’s leadership Pottertons Cases grew in strength and reputation, diversifying into new markets, which led to a new factory and showroom being built at Coleman Road in Leicester, where the head office of PottertonPacs is situated today.
John has since retired and his son Tim Pickering, trained in the design and manufacture of leather goods, became the Managing Director.

PACS

PACS Leicester dates back to 1892, when it first began trading under B Wigley & Sons as export packers and packing case manufacturers, which was incorporated in 1941. BWS Export Packaging Services Ltd, incorporated in 1968, was originally a division of B Wigley & Sons Ltd, operating as the Export Packing arm. When this function was assumed back into the main company of B. Wigley & Sons, BWS Export Packaging Services started trading as PACS - foam and polystyrene conversion specialists.

The company has had many unusual commissions over the years but one to mention is in 1974, when the company protectively packed Hermann Goering's wartime Mercedes staff car, the engine for this was from a Messerschmitt 109 fighter plane, for container transit from the UK to the USA!

Dave Wigley, great grandson to the founder, Benjamin Wigley, has run PACS since 1987, concentrating on developing the specialist foam and polystyrene conversion part of the business, which merged with Potterton Cases in 2012.

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Although many things have changed over the past century, the foundations upon which Pottertons Cases and PACS were built remain the same; craftsmanship, quality and service. These foundations support our continued aim to ensure your products arrive on time, to the correct specification and to the agreed budget each and every time.