Festive Funds Update

In December, we announced that we would be giving the money we would usually have spent on Christmas cards and gifts for our clients and suppliers to several local charities instead.

True to our word, we donated to each of the following:

Francis House Children’s Hospice – https://www.francishouse.org.uk/

Based in Didsbury, Francis House provides clinical care and physical, emotional and psychological support to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.  It is a lifeline to more than 500 families from across Greater Manchester including Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale, Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

Willow Wood Hospice https://www.willowwood.info/

Willow Wood Hospice is an adult Hospice providing specialist palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, including both cancer and non-cancer diagnosis. It provides care completely free of charge and puts it patients, families and their carers at the centre of everything it does.

The Wellspring https://thewellspring.co.uk/

The Wellspring provides referrals into housing and proactively engages with people at risk of becoming homeless. It provides health services, referrals to specialist services, showers and clean clothing, blankets and sleeping bags and free food and drink as well as educational courses, computer courses, art classes and other activities such as football and walking.

Stockport & District Mind – https://www.stockportmind.org.uk/

Stockport & District Mind is an independent adult mental health charity that promotes mental health and well-being in the community. Services include support for carers of adults with mental health problems, isolation and social engagement service, drop-in sessions and other group activities.

The pandemic means the need for grassroots organisations like these is greater than ever, but restrictions on activities meant they can’t fundraise as they normally would and the financial pressure on them is growing. We’ll think you’ll agree that they deserve our support so they can continue to help ill and vulnerable groups in our local communities.

We hope to raise some more funds for them during the year so watch this space for more details.

A Glowing Review for Glossop Cartons

Almost 12 months ago, Glossop Cartons welcomed Simon Boden on board as our Business Improvement Manager, tackling issues that other managers and directors don’t have time to do.  In that time, he’s faced challenges he’d never dreamed of and has done a fantastic job too, bringing with him years of experience and professionalism in business improvement.

Simon and Joint Managing Director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, spoke recently to printbusiness.co.uk about Simon’s progress and how Glossop Cartons has transformed since the company started in 1982. In the article, Jacky remembers working late into the evenings over the family dining table, and how the first month’s revenue was just £282!

The article looks at Glossop Cartons’ growth, mentioning the move to new premises in Stockport and the upcoming closure of the original Glossop site, as well as the changes and observations Simon has made to the Glossop Cartons team and factory floor to streamline production and increase turnaround times.

To read the full article, head to printbusiness.co.uk

Merry Christmas from Glossop Cartons

2020 has been like nothing any of us have ever experienced, but by talking to each other and working together, we’ve found our way through.

We want to thank you sincerely for all your help, cooperation, and patience throughout the year, especially when the going got tough – which it did a few times! Thankfully, 2021 looks much brighter and we look forward to getting back to normal, or at least a new normal we can be happy with.

We hope you understand that this year, we’ve decided to give the money we would usually spend on gifts for our suppliers and clients to a number of local charities who provide vital services to local children and adults. At a time when the need for them is greater than ever, these hard-working organisations are experiencing real financial hardship because they haven’t been able to fundraise as they normally would.

Instead, we look forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when we can meet up and express our gratitude face-to-face, and of course, we look forward to working with you in 2021.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Glossop Cartons

Glossop Cartons will be closing for Christmas at 1pm on Tuesday, December 22nd and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday, January 4th, 2021.

Thank you for your ongoing custom and support – we look forward to working with you again next year.

Pet products expected to go from strength to strength this Christmas

British people and their pets; we just love them – sometimes more than humans!

A quick online search of ‘pet Christmas presents’ reveals that some of us spend a lot more thought (and money) on our than we do on some of our nearest and dearest at Christmas. From personalised Christmas boxes and reindeer antler hats for dogs, through to fleece-lined hamster hammocks and sunflower mirrors for parrots, retailers across the board have realised that as valued members of our family, our pets are increasingly part of our festive gifting.

Research by Cox and Cox in 2019, found that UK pet owners spent an average of £25 per animal on Christmas treats and gifts. Reptiles were the least likely to find something under the tree (only 12% get a treat) while 82% of dogs receive a present.[1]

Although this Christmas will be unlike any other, with spending overall expected to be squeezed, it’s still thought that UK pet owners will spend in the region of £1 billion on gifts for their furry and feathered friends.

Pet gift preferences

According to a survey by Direct Line Pet Insurance, food and treats are the most popular presents from ‘Santa Paws’ to pets, with over two fifths (45%) of owners saying it’s their preferred gift choice, followed closely by toys (43%).  More than a quarter of owners celebrating Christmas prepare a pet stocking for Christmas morning and around eleven per cent share the build-up to Christmas by getting their pets a dog, cat, or horse-specific advent calendar.[2]

Other popular pet products include:

  • Dog jackets and jumpers
  • Pet fancy dress
  • Luxury collars
  • Cat teaser wands
  • Festive animal hideaways
  • Dog monitors
  • Personalised treat jars – and treats!
  • Pet beer
  • Climbing towers
  • Toys
  • Shampoo

Of course this year online shopping is going to represent a greater proportion of retail than ever before which means that product packaging must not only be engaging to the consumer and hold the product securely in place, it must also withstand the challenges of transit and delivery. Bear in mind too, the drive towards more sustainable packaging options especially among millennials – the group that spends most on their pets.

Purrfect packaging

Glossop Cartons is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products and we offer a bespoke design service so whatever the size or shape of your pet-related product, we can create, print and produce the perfect packaging for you.

Our product range includes:

  • Printed and plain cartons
  • Sleeves and wallets
  • Blister Pack Cards
  • Skin Pack Cards
  • Counter shop and shelf displays
  • Header and hanging cards

If you need help getting your pet products to market, message me directly as I would love to help.

Off now to pack my 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 5 horse’s Christmas stockings! 



[1] http://www.overthecounter.news/news/christmas-spending-on-pets-to-top-900-million-this-christmas.html#:~:text=New%20research%20claims%20that%2075,pets%20over%20the%20festive%20period.
[2] https://www.directlinegroup.co.uk/en/news/brand-news/2017/p1-billion-spent-on-giving-pets-the-puff-fect-christmas.html


Bouncing Back: Brexit Boosts British Manufacturing

While the details of any Brexit deal are yet to be finalised, at the time of writing, commercial contracts are already starting to come back to the UK from overseas. And that is good news indeed.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, joint Managing Director at Glossop Cartons, shares a positive business story that has arisen directly out of the post-Brexit trading environment and notes how the symbiotic nature of business enables us to thrive in times of great uncertainty and change.

Recognising the Benefits of British Suppliers

Glossop Cartons recently secured a new contract with an existing client (an engineering component manufacturer) who wanted shorter lead times to bring product packaging previously sourced from the Far East (via Europe) back to Britain. The business owners’ rationale was that by using a British supplier they would enjoy the following benefits:

– Greater control over the supply chain

– Shorter lead times and better service for customers

– Lower unit costs – avoiding both tariffs and potentially costly delays

But perhaps most importantly they were passionate about supporting another British manufacturing business.

Gaining Competitive Advantage

Whether you are in favour of Brexit or not, the benefits of partnering with other British businesses as we look to build a post-pandemic recovery are clear and now any cost advantage of buying overseas has been eroded, we can focus on playing to our strengths. As a sector we have a wealth of world-leading expertise and a proven reputation for innovation.  We’re agile and adaptable, giving businesses that buy from us a significant competitive advantage.

Harnessing the Best of UK Manufacturing Innovation

A recent article in ‘The Manufacturer’ sets out why the North West is particularly well-placed for the challenges ahead and describes how it has become ‘a beacon for investment, innovation and influence’. You can read it here.

Our Service

A family business, Glossop Cartons has been at the leading edge of the packaging industry for almost 40 years and innovation has certainly been at the heart of our success. As our clients adapt in line with their customers’ demands for increasingly sustainable, efficient and user-friendly packaging – so do we.

Last year, for instance, we invested in the UK’s first Brausse Forza 900 C3, a 900mm wide automatic folder-gluer with an advanced control system and user interface, that can handle 800gsm of solid board and enables us to create bespoke, client-specific box shapes.

Our extensive product range comprises cartons, sleeves, wallets, blister pack cards, skin pack cards, countertop and shelf displays, header and hanging cards.

If you need help with your packaging requirements, please call: 0161 480 3568 or email jacky@glossopcartons.com.