About Us

The Company

Parsons Containers is an independent privately owned business which supplies shipping containers.

Established in 2000 the group operates in a number of sectors including container trading, self-storage and container modifications.

Parsons Containers Group includes a number of well-established and well-known brands including Parsons Containers Ltd., ContainerContainer, Containers-Now and U Hold The Key Self-storage.


Our aims and Values

Our aim is to be the most dependable and innovative provider of shipping containers

Our values are service, integrity, and innovation.

Parsons Group

Parsons Containers Ltd. are an established independent supplier of shipping containers by sale and hire in the North East of England where we have supplied customers with quality container stores and applications for many years. We also supply containers and container services by our brands ContainerContainer and U Hold The Key Self Storage.

ContainerContainer is the trading name of our national container supply company. Via the ContainerContainer web site we supply containers for all applications right across the Uk by sale and by hire.

We specialise in supplying bespoke container projects and working with our customers to make their plans and designs a reality.

U Hold the Key is one of the largest and longest established container self-storage businesses in the UK with sites throughout the North East of England and alongside the A1 near Grantham.

Our History - Timeline

2021 – U Hold The Key Darlington relocated on site to form Darlington A66 U Hold The Key Self-Storage

2020 – Container sales office transferred from The Manor House Sedgefield to be based from our Darlington A66 depot.

2019 – New U hold The Key site opened in Alnwick, Northumberland.

2019 – New U Hold The Key site opened at Stockton A19, to utilise the high demand across Teesside and partner our Stockton, Portrack site.

2018 – Business continued growth with Maven Capital investment.

2017 – Company restructured for growth and Group structure established under the name Parsons Containers Group Ltd.

2017 - Container sales depot and workshop opened at Darlington A66 site

2016 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Sunderland, Crown Road.

2016 – Purchased a major new site on the A66 for a new U Hold the Key site and also for container sales and modifications

2016 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Mainsforth, Co. Durham

2015 - ContainersNow was established as an innovative web site and the first where a container could be purchased directly on-line.

2012 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Birtley, Co. Durham.

2011 - Moved company offices to the Grade II* listed Manor House in Sedgefield, Co. Durham

2008 – Bought A1 Secure Self-Storage Ltd. near Grantham, Lincolnshire and brought it under the U Hold the Key banner as a new site

2007 –Sedgefield yard and workshop operation closed due to quality issues

2007 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Thinford, Co. Durham

2007 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Middlesbrough

2007 – ContainerContainer.com established as an innovative on-line container marketing and sales site

2005 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Stockton on Tees, Cleveland

2005 - New and improved site for U Hold the Key site opened in Bishop Auckland

2005 - New and improved site for U Hold the Key site opened in Eaglescliffe

2004 – Business began expanding with venture capital investment from NEL

2004 - U Hold the Key moved from a container office into offices on Sedgefield Industrial Estate

2003 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Eaglescliffe, Cleveland

2003 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Newcastle upon Tyne at Benfield Business Park

2002 - New U Hold the Key site opened in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham

2001 - U Hold the Key was established as an innovative container self-storage business and our first storage site opened in Sedgefield, Co. Durham

2000 - Parsons Containers Ltd. was established with Ean Parsons as MD and Sedgefield yard and workshop opened

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