While Barnstaple has been rocked by the closure of three high-profile manufacturers from the town in the past 12 months, there has been a host of good new stories emanating from local firm Atlas Packaging during that time.
Atlas specialises in the manufacture of corrugated cardboard packaging for clients across a breadth of sectors. The £15 million turnover business has gone from strength to strength as it marks its 30th anniversary this month.
At the beginning of the year, it invested over £2 million in new state-of-the-art packaging technology, which can produce 18,000 boxes per hour.
The technology incorporates gloss print and finishing techniques, so that the boxes produced can be used for both transit and point-of-sale-displays.
Atlas is now one of the largest specialist plants in the country, with clients including Interflora, B&Q, John Lewis, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda.
"We have developed great working relationships, in particular with food manufacturers," said managing director Jason Sharman.
"We have grown with them exponentially, as the face of packaging has changed.
"Corrugated materials are a far more popular choice than plastic, due to [their] recyclable possibilities."
The business has a six-strong structural design team within its workforce, helping the business generate new clients leads by "wakening" them to the possibilities of the packaging material.
"They genuinely love to think out of the box when it comes to packaging," said Jason.
"They really enjoy pushing the boundaries with design and stretching the possibilities of cardboard to its limits."
A recent achievement was a hexagonal display box for Interflora which won an industry award for its design.
Meanwhile waterproof coated board means has seen Atlas make "significant in-roads" into the horticultural sector.
Jason, who has worked in the business for 20 years, now heads a team of 111 staff, with Atlas founder Adrian Gamble now the company chairman.
Jason is a strong believer in creating the right working environment to keeps staff motivated, with facilities designed to keep spirits at optimum level.
"Happy people equal productive people," he says.
Creative team-members helped paint a mural of the Banstaple skyline in the factory.
A colour by numbers guide meant that everyone who wished to, whether blessed with artistic flair or not, could make a contribution.
"We polled all of the staff to find out what they would most like to see while they work," he said."It was a true team effort and reflects the great teamwork that has helped to turn Atlas Packaging into the successful business it is today."
As a keep-fit enthusiast, he also encourages staff to combine fitness training with charitable challenges.
"We participate in a huge number of fundraising fitness events and I encourage all employees to get involved," he said.
"It's a great way to get to know staff on a personal level and to work as a team on a level playing field."
Jason is also planning to draft in a health and fitness consultant to create individual training programmes for employees keen to shape up.