A Winning Way to End the Month for Glossop Cartons

Glossop Cartons had a big reason to celebrate at the end of June after being awarded the People’s Choice Award (North & Northern Ireland) at the Family Business of the Year!

After ‘attending’ the awards event on YouTube rather than in person, we were delighted to receive the award.

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised annually by Family Business United, the family business champions, and seek to recognise and celebrate the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.  As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United explains, “With over 5 million family businesses across the UK they really are the heart of the nation and the engine room of the UK economy.  Family businesses deserve recognition for the income they generate, jobs they provide and the wealth they create, not to mention the great work they do in the communities in which they are based.

“The People’s Choice Awards are a little bit special as they are voted for by the public and to win demonstrates the role that the business plays and the respect and support it has in the broader community too.  2020 has not been an easy year for many so it was pleasing to see a record number of votes cast in the awards this year.  Over 14,000 votes were cast and the competition was tough but winners emerged and deserve their moment in the spotlight.  All of our People’s Choice winners are great ambassadors for a sector that does so much.”

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products, Glossop Cartons began as a humble start-up in 1982, started by Joint Managing Director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every’s father.

Now a thriving industry leader holding a strong customer base of leading household names, Jacky works alongside her husband and two sisters and has helped establish the company as a thriving industry leader holding a strong customer base of leading household names.

Says Jacky, “We were thrilled to have won. After what has been a very challenging time for the economy – and everyone as a whole – it was a very welcome piece of good news for the whole team.”

Running a Packaging Company Through a Global Pandemic – An Insight From the MD

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons, explores the challenges currently facing global industries in light of the COVID-19. 

This time last year I talked about the challenges Brexit was having on the packaging industry and how it would continue to do so in the future. I don’t think any of us could have foreseen that just one year on, we’d be in the middle of a global pandemic, facing even more difficult challenges. Not just in business, but for everyone personally.

As the Government starts to lift some of the lockdown restrictions, I’ve been reflecting about the last few months and how we’ve coped at Glossop Cartons through tremendous challenges, and look to what the future holds. It would be good to hear from others in the industry for their stories and how they have managed.

2020 started very positively for us here at Glossop Cartons. We’d continued the investment in the company with a property expansion, in last half of last year. By acquiring the 2,300m2 industrial building next door to our existing 4,143m2 Stockport production units this meant we could accommodate new machinery, streamline our production process and increase the size of our onsite storage facilities. We welcomed Simon Boden to our management team, as Business Improvement Manager as we continued to look at operational efficiency, increasing production capacity and reducing customer lead times, whilst maintaining quality.

This investment and continuous improvement in the business stood us in good stead for what was to come in March with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent UK lockdown.

Glossop Cartons has continued to operate throughout the pandemic as we, like many more in our sector, are key workers, producing packaging for pharmaceuticals, personal care, food and household products. Although some of our clients saw demand fall flat for any luxury or none essential products, whilst our food, pharmaceuticals and personal care customers experienced a huge increase in demand, due to consumer spending.

The Glossop Cartons team has been magnificent, rising to the challenge of an unprecedented carton demand, often with large numbers being ordered in very short timescales. The increase in food packaging, in particular, has been very high, but the team has really met this challenge head-on and I am very proud of everyone.

The management team had to manage this high demand with changes to our operations to keep staff safe, introducing social distancing measures and more stringent cleaning regimes. Having a lot more space made this easier, but it was still a challenge to change the way we work when demand was so high.

We also had to cope with many members of staff off work either due to illness or shielding because they were in a high-risk group. This has fluctuated throughout the lockdown but it has put pressure on the working team having to cover and do many extra hours. Maybe this will become the new normal for the rest of the year as we continue to battle this virus. Other businesses will have similar challenges as they now start to return to work.

It has been very strange bringing onboard new starters throughout the pandemic, trying to manage the induction process with systems and equipment whilst still maintaining distance. It’s been a challenging time for everyone and something we could never have envisaged or planned for. But the fact that we have coped and have delivered our commitments to our customers is testament to the whole team effort and also the strength of our business processes. I think when there is a crisis businesses soon learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, as there’s nowhere to hide, giving us a learning opportunity to boot as well

Of course, many businesses have seen their marketplace decimated and the Guardian reported on the 29th May that UK manufacturers are planning tens of thousands of redundancies with slumps in orders from the on-going pandemic. So it is good to hear that some of the restrictions are now being lifted so that the country can get going again and companies can get back to work.

I think Glossop Cartons has fared well through this unprecedented situation as I know many businesses that have had to deal with a lot worse. I am hugely proud of the whole team, stepping up to the many challenges that we faced to continue to deliver the high-quality products our customers expect when they needed them most. I also know it’s not over yet, we’ve still got a lot of work to do and many more challenges to face, including Brexit, but we can do it.

I would love to hear your experiences and we can compare notes.


Glossop Cartons Make it Through to the Final Round of the Family Business of the Year Awards

In a magnificent start to 2020, Glossop Cartons have made it through to the final round of the Family Business of the Year Awards.

Glossop Cartons were nominated in the North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year Region, with past winners including JW Lees Brewery, Potter Logistics and HMG Paints.

Having been shortlisted in January, it was an even greater honour to have made it through to the final round, which culminates in a glittering awards ceremony held in London in June 2020.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons said, “We are honoured to have made it this far, especially as it’s a public vote, so we would like to thank everyone who has voted for us so far as it means a great deal.”

Says Sue Howorth from the Family Business Network, “It is a real added value benefit of entering the regional awards to gain access to the national finals and in the past we have seen a number of our regional winners go on to take a national title in London.  The gala evening is an important date in the family business calendar and we are delighted to be supporting the national awards again this year.”

You can still vote for Glossop Cartons to take home the People’s Choice award by clicking here

Voting closes on April 30, 2020.

Introducing Our New Business Improvement Manager

We are delighted to introduce our business improvement manager, Simon Boden, as we continue to invest in our management team here at Glossop Cartons.

Simon brings with him 35 years of packaging industry experience, most recently acquired as production director at Mayr Melnhof Packaging Iberica. As our business improvement manager, Simon will look to further improve operational efficiency, increase production capacity and reduce customer lead times. Alongside this, he will also be responsible for ensuring that processes are efficiency aligned with our wider strategic objectives.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, joint managing director at Glossop Cartons, said: “As the business grows, both organically and through new business, it is vital that our production operation runs as efficiently as possible in order to continue to give our customers the highest quality products within increasingly competitive lead times. We are delighted to welcome Simon to our team as our business improvement manager.”

Simon’s appointment is part of Glossop Cartons’ plan to invest in its management team to enable further growth through the acquisition of additional industry expertise. In turn, this will allow joint managing directors, Jacky Sidebottom-Every and Brian Sidebottom, to focus on the overarching corporate strategy. Boden’s appointment follows that of operations director, Dave Bartlett, who was recruited last year.

Glossop Cartons has also recently announced a property expansion of over 50% following the purchase of a new 2,300m2 industrial building to allow the team to further improve operational efficiency and facilitate investment in new manufacturing equipment.

Glossop Cartons Nominated in the People’s Choice Family Business Awards

Glossop Cartons are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Family Business of the Year Awards 2020, and now their customers, suppliers and industry contacts have the opportunity to support them in a public vote.

Nominated in the North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year Region in the prestigious Family Business United annual awards ceremony, Glossop Cartons has been entered into the People’s Choice category, with the winner being chosen by the public.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons, commented on their recent nomination: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Family Business of the Year Awards, it reflects our investment into the team, systems and innovative technology to deliver sustainable and quality packaging solutions.

“We would be honoured if our valued industry friends would vote for Glossop Cartons in the People’s Choice Family Business Union Awards.”

Voting is free of charge and is open until the 30th April 2020. Simply visit the Family Business Union website here and click ‘Vote Now’ on your chosen business.

Winners will be announced at a London-based ceremony in June 2020.

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