Introducing the new Sales Manager at Glossop Cartons

Continuing the investment in its future growth, Glossop Cartons appointed Matthew Clarke as Sales Manager earlier this year.

Matt brings 10 years experience in the packaging sector with a proven record of managing accounts worth £20 million for Mayr-Malnof Packaging and worked there alongside Glossop Cartons’ Managing Director, Wayne Fitzpatrick. Matt will work closely with Wayne and sit on the senior management team to review the sales strategy that is going to support the ongoing growth of Glossop Cartons.

Matt’s remit is to grow the independent business sector that Glossop Cartons has established over its 35 years, maximising on the good progress Wayne made around stock holding and shorter lead times during his time as Sales Director.

Said Matt: “This opportunity to join Glossop Cartons is an exciting step in my career. The style of business based on good service and quality really appeals to me. I know from experience that people definitely buy from people in this industry, so those relationships and service levels are hugely important. Equally, I was attracted by the huge potential at Glossop Cartons and their future growth. I think the opportunity suits my skill sets and capabilities well and I will be looking to marry the relationship side of the business with growth on a corporate level.”

Added Wayne: “I worked with Matthew at Mayr-Melnof Packaging and he has always impressed. I am delighted that he has joined the senior management team here at Glossop Cartons. His experience at Meyr-Melnof Packaging, where he managed key accounts across the UK, Spain and France, and previously at Saica Group will be a great asset to our team. I look forward to working with Matt to redefine our sales strategy to support profitable growth and the continued expansion of Glossop Cartons.”

If you would like to work for a forward-thinking, value-led company that invests in its staff, then please keep an eye on our website for vacancies as we would love to hear from you. Please email a covering letter alongside your CV to and keep checking our Vacancies page for news on our upcoming roles.

Introducing Glossop Cartons’ new Managing Director, Wayne Fitzpatrick

After last month’s management buyout, we took the opportunity to discover more about Glossop Cartons’ new Managing Director, Wayne Fitzpatrick, and his plans for the future.

Wayne joined Glossop Cartons just under three years ago, initially as Sales Director, before working his way up to General Manager, and more recently, to the role of Managing Director. Wayne has worked across several of our key accounts, which span the food and drink, household, automotive, pharmaceutical and personal care sectors. Many of our customers will already be familiar with Wayne, but if you’re not, here’s your chance to get to know him…

Where did you work prior to joining Glossop Cartons?

I’ve worked in a number of roles within the printing industry, starting as a YTS Apprentice straight from school. After completing my apprenticeship in carton converting, I worked in structural design, reprographics and sales roles and gained a lot of experience on the factory floor which I think helped me progress into the management side, as I was able to understand the challenges and structures from both sides.

Before joining Glossop Cartons, I was Sales Director and Managing Director at the UK site of my previous company, which was part of an international packaging group, Mayr Melnholf Group.

How has the print industry changed since you began working in it?

The basics of the industry have remained much the same, but utilising technology for agility and speed are the main changes. What would take four hours in the past, now takes 30 minutes. Information can be transferred in seconds rather than hours, so it’s really helped companies advance.

Generally speaking, the advice I received as a young apprentice still remains true – stay flexible, be willing to learn and be committed.

How did the management buy-out come about?

It is something that the previous management team, Jacky Sidebottom-Every (the former Managing Director), Brian Sidebottom and myself talked about after I had been with the company for a period of time and we felt the business relationship was working for all parties.

We then started investigating the various possibilities and here we are.

What’s your day-to-day working life like?

Given the transition following the management buyout, my daily work is rapidly changing from what it was before, so I am adapting to that at the moment.

I really like the fact that every day is different. We have such a diverse customer base that no two days are the same, which keeps each day fresh and new.

What are you most looking forward to as manager of Glossop Cartons?

We are working with the wider team to identify areas of improvement and putting projects and measures in place to address these topics.

I’d also like to further develop and empower the team to help move the business forward – I firmly believe that investing in the people who work here is the best use of our resources, which is evident from the way we are upskilling and fastracking members of staff to ensure we have a more rounded and experienced workforce.

What advice did Jacky give to you?

Lots, but the main advice and guidance have been to look after the company’s money like it’s your own, and to be prepared to challenge decisions that you don’t necessarily agree with.

What is the best thing about working at Glossop Cartons?

The people. At Glossop Cartons there is a great mix of personalities, experience and enthusiasm, and I couldn’t wish for a better team of people to work with.

What changes do you anticipate seeing within the print industry in the next few years?

I feel we will see more price pressure from material suppliers as well as increased labour costs.

As an industry, we need to work hard to protect ourselves and promote the benefits of our product. And of course, the financial hangover of Covid could damage some companies. We’ve been lucky that we’ve been able to work throughout the pandemic and multiple lockdowns and, given that Greater Manchester was under additional restrictions from July last year, the team have done so well to remain committed, enthusiastic and diligent during what was – and continues to be – a very tough time.

What do you see next for Glossop Cartons?

2021 will be a year of transition so we will be working hard to support our existing customer base whilst focusing on maximising the efficiency of our supply chain. We are also working towards achieving a zero-landfill target by the end of this year. We already recycle 95% of our waste products, so we’re well on track, but we’re always looking to do better as a business and look after the environment.

We will start planning for 2022 during the second half of 2021, and we’ll be looking at widening our product offering, breaking into new sectors, and working towards becoming even more sustainable than we were this year.

Glossop Cartons is the UK’s leading manufacturer of carton board packaging products to businesses across the UK. By investing in the latest packaging technology and machinery, we can deliver innovative packaging solutions that protect and help sell your product. Call us on 0161 480 3568 or email to discover how we can help your business.

Challenges with Skills Shortages and Vacancies in Key Roles

With research suggesting that the cost of replacing an individual employee can range from one-half to two times the employee’s annual salary¹, the cost of attracting and retaining staff is a cause for concern across many industries.

At Glossop Cartons, we have felt the same strain, with vacancies for Cut & Crease Operators and Assistants, and Gluer Operators advertised since September 2020 remaining unfilled.

With a great team at the forefront of what we do, we were looking to strengthen the workforce with like-minded staff – smart, dependable, open and honest workers who are passionate about what they do and driven by success.

Despite numerous CVs from multiple agencies, finding the right people for these positions was near impossible, and after moving to a three-shift operation in January, not filling the vacancy threatened to undermine the full potential of our production and operation.

So, a decision was made to upskill our workforce and make internal moves to fill one of the Cut & Crease vacancies, and also to invest further in staff training in order for us to shape our existing team to help fill the Gluer Operator positions.

It can take years to completely tutor someone through the process to become a fully competent gluer, so appointing someone in-house seemed like the most practical decision as they would already be familiar with the company, the team and our processes and procedures. They would also be much more familiar with the role’s requirements which would be a major advantage – to them and to us.

So we were very pleased to begin a fastrack training course for three members of staff to be trained as Gluing Machine Minders as part of Glossop Cartons’ succession planning strategy. Paul Wright is partway through his training, whilst Tony Wright and Ciaran Chadwick have just begun their training and are progressing very well under the supervision of our Gluer Trainer, Gavin Jones, and Supervisor, Gary Waterhouse.

It is hoped that the training will ensure all trainees will be up to speed within 12 months, and there are plans to place more apprentices in fastrack schemes later in the year.

Managing Director, Wayne Fitzpatrick, commented: “Succession planning is key to our success and future, and we hope to build on the back of Paul’s training by upskilling other members of the team too. Who knows, all being well, Paul could be training new staff members himself soon.”


Fastrack Case Study

With a noticeable skill shortage in the sector, many companies are now rejecting the traditional recruitment agencies for in-house training and upskilling, and Glossop Cartons is no exception.

Paul Wright joined Glossop Cartons in July 2015 as a Manufacturing Assistant. He impressed the senior team and his line manager, Glyneth Renshaw, with his drive and passion to learn new skills, and stood out as an ideal candidate for further training to enhance his skills to enable him to progress his career with Glossop Cartons.

With an objective to train Paul to become a fully competent Gluing Machine Minder within 18 months, Paul passed the first stage with ease, meaning he can now operate all machinery. The next stage is to provide him with more training and on-the-job experience to increase his speeds and output.

After upgrading his technical skills, Paul now operates the glueing machines with considerable confidence and pushed himself very hard to learn this skilled role, earning himself a well-deserved pay rise.

Paul will continue with the training scheme, which will further his skills and competence with the machinery, and he will receive another pay rise on completion of the training in January 2022.

Says Glyneth, “Speed is not the focus or priority during the training period as this will come with time. The focus is on safety and the quality and stability of the production line.

“We are all very proud of Paul. He has really pushed himself and demonstrated huge amounts of hard work and determination in order to progress his career. His success is very much deserved, and I look forward to watching him progress over the coming years.”

Clare Beswick, Head of HR said, “Here at Glossop Cartons, we firmly believe that our team is our greatest asset, and whilst we want to promote internally, we’re always on the lookout for new superheroes to start with us, as our business grows.”

If you would like to work for a forward-thinking, value-led company that invests in its staff, then please keep an eye on our website for vacancies as we would love to hear from you. Please email a covering letter alongside your CV to





Glossop Cartons Announces Management Buy-Out

Glossop Cartons has announced the successful completion of its management buy-out by former sales director, Wayne Fitzpatrick.

As managing director, Fitzpatrick will head up the new management team, which comprises David Bartlett as head of operations, Simon Boden as head of supply chain and business improvement, Clare Beswick as head of HR and Matthew Clarke as head of sales.

Last year, Glossop Cartons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products, achieved a turnover of £11.5 million and the new management team has developed a sustainable growth strategy for the business going forward.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who joined Glossop Cartons in 2018, said: “We have nearly four generations of success on which to build and I’m genuinely looking forward to the prospect of leading the business forward in its next phase of its development. Innovation, quality and service are the cornerstones of Glossop Cartons and it will be an exciting and rewarding journey for ourselves, our staff and customers as we build on this strong market position.”

Former joint managing directors Jacky Sidebottom-Every and Brian Sidebottom will continue as consultants to the business. Sidebottom-Every said: “This buy-out is the next chapter for Glossop Cartons and it is an incredible opportunity for a stellar management team to further develop the business and take it to the next level.

“We’d like to thank Wayne for buying the company – we are delighted that it will remain independent and managed with the same values that have stood it in great stead for the last 39 years.”

The new management team would like to thank Brian, Jacky Jill and Vicky and all the staff at Glossop Cartons for their continued hard work in creating a great company ethos and welcoming workforce, and are very much looking forward to the new chapter ahead.

If you would like more information about our product range or company, or have a product which is in need of retail or display packaging and would like to discuss the options please get in touch on 0161 480 3568.

Better Together with Glossop Cartons

February is the month of love and here at Glossop Cartons, we’ve been thinking about how we can show our appreciation for our fantastic customers and have a little fun too.

And we thought what better way than the traditional love letter? So here goes:

‘Ahem’.  *clears throat*

Dear Customer,

We’ve been together a long time and although we sometimes get on each other’s nerves and make mistakes (no one’s perfect…. who knew?) we know that deep down, we’re still a great partnership. You’re the ying to our yang, the Wise to our Morecambe, the Ben to our Jerry! You get the idea 😊

But wow, this last year has tested our relationship more than most, hasn’t it? We haven’t been able to spend as much time together as we’d like and we’ve both been distracted and stressed out (a global pandemic will do that to a business!) but despite it, all we just wanted to let you know how much you mean to us.

Maybe we don’t say it as often as we should, but we truly appreciate your business, your loyalty, and your patience, especially in the current confusing and constantly changing climate. For our part we’re are always thinking of ways to support you and make your life easier, creating the products and services you tell us you need.  We’ll keep listening, so please, keep talking.

With buds on some plants, longer days (the sun rises at 7.17 am and sets at a heady 17.13 pm on Valentine’s Day) and the vaccination programme well underway, better times are ahead, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Love from the team at Glossop Cartons