Swanline Secure Top Industry Award


FESPA UK Association members, Swanline - the leading trade supplier of specialist printed packaging and point-of-sale displays - have been crowned SME of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards.

It was a red letter day for the Staffordshire-based company, when, in the glamorous setting of Park Lane's London Hilton, they took the award for packaging companies that turn over £5-10m.
Managing Director, Nick Kirby, was on hand to collect the award, and said: "It's a fantastic achievement and one that I'd like to dedicate to each and every member of our team at Swanline, without whom none of this would have been possible. To win one award and be highly commended in another category is phenomenal for us. We are still very much a family business and to be recognised in front of so many people who have done so much for packaging is an honour. The companies shortlisted for this award were very strong, so we must be doing something right!"

The judges were impressed with the way in which realised its investment plan in people, technology, machinery and software throughout 2014. In particular, the judges were pleased with a "bold investment in digital print."

Some of Swanline's biggest achievements this year have included:

  • World-class digital adoption for the packaging market.

  • A change in industry perception thanks to new technology.

  • 12% sales increase for the total business, and doubling of capacity.

  • 15 new, permanent staff, accelerating speed to market.

  • The ability to offer brand owners, through a range of converters (national and multi-national) a greater choice and flexibility not previously available.

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