With July taking us past the halfway point of the year, we look back at our aims for 2019 and reflect on what we achieved already
We were name checked in Print Week “Can AR outgrow its gimmicky image?” when our MD, Jacky lent her opinion to the piece on growing interest in the collaboration of Print and Augmented Reality; a service we have offered our customers since 2014!
February saw us proud to announce Wayne Fitzpatrick as our new sales director. Wayne brought a wealth of experience and industry knowledge with him, 25 years to be precise! Introducing him to our team was an easy decision and we’ve definitely benefitted from the impact he has had on the team in such a short amount of time.
March saw ‘International Women’s Day’ take the forefront of conversations once again. The printing industry can often be a male dominated place; in fact BPIF figures in 2018 found women currently make up about 31% of the sector. Jacky once more was happy to speak on the subject, telling Print Week:
“Glossop Cartons is a family business I entered with my two sisters, dad and boyfriend. I didn’t stop to evaluate it as a place in which women might want to start a career – it was my blood. I never felt that my gender placed me at a disadvantage, but one change I have noticed is a significant increase in the number of women in the industry over the last 10 years and that’s great. A supportive environment both for men and women is crucial for the recruitment of young people into the sector.”
We also went on to talk to the team at Print Week about our exciting acquisition of the ‘Brausse Forza 900 C3’ an exciting piece of kit, which we were lucky enough to be the first business in the UK to take into production.
Brian Sidebottom, our joint MD spoke highly of the investment: “It’s certainly made life easier thanks to the new features. Additionally it gives us reliable faster running speeds, improved consistency, and an overall reduction in the power consumption we use. Our make ready times on the Brausses are now more in line with the Bobst ExpertFold, speeding up our output.”
We believe it is important to face issues head on, so in the hopes of tackling the skills shortage we looked to the children facing their next decisions in their education that will lead them to employment; Jane Brocklehurst our HR manager headed out to local secondary schools providing students with the opportunity for work experience placements, along with staging mock interviews and careers talks. The initiative was a huge success and we look forward to welcoming more partnerships with local schools.
We are proud to have supported The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital over many years, recently.. gifting 5,500 donation cartons. The charity is close to our hearts and by giving back we were able to support their fundraising efforts across the whole of the North West. Penny Hamer, senior corporate fundraising manager for the charity said:
“We’re incredibly thankful for Glossop Cartons’ donation box initiative. Keeping the hospital in the hearts and minds of the public, patients and staff is a crucial element of our fundraising. Glossop Cartons’ continued support in providing so many cartons plays a significant role in that. The personal links the family has with the hospital makes it even more heartfelt.”
Starting from humble beginnings, Glossop Cartons truly is a family business through and through! We were delighted when Family Business United approached us wanting to write a piece on the successes of the business over the year.
It was a fantastic opportunity for us to get chatting and reflect on the journey we’ve been on over the years.
2019 has been a busy year for us so far, with not only the above but so many more exciting happenings behind the scenes and well you know what they say… start as you mean to go on! So here’s to what’s left of the year, and without wishing it away we look forward to the future and what we’ll be reporting on once we’re ready to enter 2020!
We will also take this opportunity to thank all our customers for your continued support, we wouldn’t be where we are of course without you.