Glossop Cartons In The News

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

January:

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:

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:

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.”

May:

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.

June:

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.”

July:

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.

If you’re interested in a particular project and would like to discuss it further, please get in touch 0161 480 3568.


Glossop Cartons Proud to Support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

There are times in business when it’s about taking stock – looking at what you’ve achieved and how you can make a difference.

At Glossop Cartons we don’t limit that to our own business actions and industry sector. As a local family run company we encourage our team to talk about issues, charitable organisations and activities we can work with and support to make a difference.

It is taking stock and being thankful that has led us to a long term collaboration with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Our support for the hospital isn’t just about paying it forward for charity – it’s also about paying back. Within the team, many of our own children have benefitted from the care and expertise provided by the excellent services of the medical teams at one of the UK’s largest and busiest facilities. During times of life changing childhood illnesses and serious riding accidents when our children were toddlers and school children, the diligence and care of nursing staff saw our families through difficult and stressful times.

Our children may have grown up – but our support and appreciation for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital continues. We are proud to have spearheaded a number of charity initiatives over the years to support the hospital, which recently saw us gifting 5,500 donation cartons to support the charity’s fundraising efforts across the whole of the North West.  Working with our materials partner Varsity Packaging who kindly donated the carton board we  provided the charity with branded collection cartons. Look around the hospital and throughout our local communities and you’ll spot our boxes capturing people’s attention- raising awareness and helping raise funds to support the hospital’s life changing work.

Penny Hamer, Senior Corporate Fundraising Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital 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.”

Vicky Every, marketing and commercial manager at Glossop Cartons, added:

“We’re proud and humbled that our donation boxes are playing such an important role in encouraging support for the hospital. And in doing our bit to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity we’re making a difference now and in the future – helping to ensure that the excellent service and care we received is there for our children’s children’s generation too.”

To find out more about our work in the community, or to discuss potential partnership opportunities, call our team on 0161 480 3568.


How We’re Tackling The Industry Skills Shortage

Earlier this year, the British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey highlighted how labour shortages have risen in the UK since the survey began in 1989. Finding 81% of manufacturers reported difficulties in finding the right staff – the joint highest amount the survey has ever seen.

Always looking for ways that we can keep up our promise of ensuring we’re positively investing in the latest technology, staff and systems, we decided to look into what impact we could make on these figures. This is where the idea of working with local secondary schools began, to support the future of the packaging industry whilst helping to prepare youngsters for the world of work.

According to Stockport JSNA the population of the Stockport area was estimated to be at 288,700 in the year 2015, with 21% of that number being under 18’s – and if you ask us, that’s a perfect place to start with our task of keeping packaging and manufacturing at the forefront of the growing demographics mind.

Our joint managing director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, is on the board of the British Printing Industries Federation, and our schools initiative supports the BPIF’s goal of promoting careers in the sector.

We believe educational partnerships are a great way of supporting  our local community, keeping youngsters fully informed on all the opportunities available to them as the make their next steps after leaving school.  Deciding on a career path can be a difficult task  and so our lovely HR and procedures manager, Jane Brocklehurst, was invited along to Marple Hall School to offer advice as part of their careers fair.

She undertook practise interviews with the students and some pupils are even due to join our team on work placements very soon – we can’t wait to welcome them in to the wonderful world of packaging and print.

Happy to have us, the school told us:

We’re committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible careers guidance, and partnerships with local employers such as Glossop Cartons help us to achieve this important goal.”

Forever looking to educate and inspire our joint MD, Jacky Sidebottom-Every said:

“Glossop Cartons’ educational partnerships are a great way to promote the industry to young people – especially those with an interest in manufacturing and engineering. I would strongly urge other companies within the packaging sector to consider launching similar schemes, which can help to address skills shortages within their own plants as well as across the wider industry.” 

 

To find out more about our work in the community, or to discuss potential educational partnership opportunities with your school, call our team on 0161 480 3568.


Glossop Cartons Proud to Sponsor Dukinfield Golf Club

We’re committed to developing talent, both within the workplace and across the local community.

Here at Glossop Cartons we’re proud to work in partnership with our community, supporting a number of local initiatives, sports groups and projects over the years.

Since 2011, we are delighted to have been one of the main sponsors of Dukinfield Golf Club, enabling them to support and inspire the next generation of golfers in the region.

A recent donation from Glossop Cartons has gone towards helping to make the May Junior Open Day a success, encouraging the younger generation to get involved in the sport and grow their talent. Alongside this, the funding has also allowed the junior golfers at the club to have new team jumpers.

Vicky Every, marketing and commercial manager, said: “Supporting our local community and charitable giving is something which we’ve embedded into our company ethos. Not only does this help us to give back to the community and get involved with local groups, it is also a great way to engage and motivate our team. I’m proud to be able to support the club to develop and inspire the next generation of talent.”

Steve Maguire, junior organiser at Dukinfield Golf Club, added: “Junior golfers are not only the future of Dukinfield Golf Club but the sport itself. Sponsors like Glossop Cartons are essential as the money they give goes straight towards supporting the juniors.

“Glossop Cartons are the main sponsors of our Junior Open Day where kids come from all over the region and have a great day with prizes and refreshments. I am very grateful for their support and I know the juniors are too. I would like to thank the Glossop Cartons team for their continued support.”

To find out more about our work in the community, or to discuss potential partnership opportunities, call our team on 0161 480 3568.


Facing Challenges and Maximising Opportunities in the Industry – An Insight from the MD

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons, explores the challenges currently facing the packaging industry and how the company maximises opportunities for the taking.

Having worked in carton manufacturing for more than 36 years, I’ve seen some significant changes; some driven by us (For example, we were one of the first in the industry to achieve BS 5750) and some imposed by external influencers.

With Brexit on the horizon, one thing’s for certain – there’s more to come!

Depending on your perspective, change offers both challenges and opportunities. At Glossop Cartons, our approach is simple; we identify, assess and plan the best route to ensure the business not only survives change but thrives on it.

Brexit

As in most sectors, Brexit remains the main topic of conversation in ours. Hopefully as 2019 progresses, the uncertainty surrounding it will start to disappear because above all we need clarity. But while Brexit is making our negotiations with European clients and suppliers a little awkward, we don’t see it as an obstacle to our plans to expand.

There could, however, be some short term disruption to the outward supply of products and inward supply of stock caused by delays around customers procedures. So we’re implementing some contingency plans designed to mitigate their impact including; increasing our holding of consumables; encouraging clients to forward order; forward-ordering raw carton board ourselves and making sure we have a good stock of machine parts to prevent any delays getting replacement parts from disrupting our day-to-day operations.

We’ve also organised bank accounts in both sterling and euros to enable us to receive payment or pay for goods in the most efficient and effective currency for any given contract.

World pulp prices

The price of wood pulp increased significantly throughout 2018 which had a knock on effect on the price of GC boards and made life financially challenging for carton converters.

We try to absorb as much of the increase as we could but there is a point at which we have to look to our clients to meet the shortfall. Clearly no-one wants to have those conversations but we’ve been fortunate because we’ve developed strong relationships with our customers over many years which has made those conversations a little easier.

Skills and recruitment

The printing and packaging sector requires a workforce with specific skills, expertise and professionalism. But it’s an ageing work force and it can be challenging to recruit – especially younger people who don’t consider it an attractive career option.

This year we are intensifying our plans to recruit, develop and train the workforce we need for the generations to come. In particular, we’re focussing in on changing young people’s perceptions about the industry to ensure the cascade of skills and knowledge from our existing workforce to the employees of the future.

We are also investing in our management team so we can both direct and deliver our ambitious growth plans. Mid last year, Wayne Fitzpatrick joined us from Mayr-Melnhof Packaging as sales director. He brings with him more than 25 years’ experience and his insight will be invaluable in helping us maximise future opportunities. His appointment has already enabled me to take a more strategic role as joint MD.

Sustainability & innovation

A common theme for our customers across all sectors is the focus on sustainability and the increasing demand for eco-friendly, low carbon footprint packaging. We’ve long been investing in this area, manufacturing products that are recyclable (and in most cases, bio-degradable). Our carton board, for example, is sourced from mills that adopt a 3:1 planting programme and farmed from accredited, managed, sustainable forests.

Customers are looking for a combination of unique packaging design and reduced pack size. We’re responding to that demand by innovating, developing and producing packaging which balances green and eco-conscious requirements with eye catching design, while always meeting relevant product safety requirements.

So as we look to the rest of 2019 and beyond, we acknowledge and are planning for the challenges ahead while welcoming the opportunities we will meet – and create – along this year’s journey.