Award shortlistings at the double for McLaren Packaging

Award-winning drinks packaging company McLaren Packaging has been shortlisted in two categories of the Herald Scottish Family Business Awards.

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The Port-Glasgow based company has been shortlisted in the Green Family Business of the Year and the Scottish Family Business of the Year (Large) award categories in recognition of the significant development and investment made by the firm over the last year.

Following the death of company founder Jim McLaren last year, his sons Donald and Michael, Managing Director and Sales & Marketing Director respectively, have invested £3 million in the construction of a new facility in Stirling for subsidiary Blue Box Design, and consolidated its green credentials with securing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation, the global forest certification system enabling consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and recycled materials.

Commenting on the awards shortlistings, Michael McLaren said: “We’re delighted with this recognition for what has been a significant year of progress for the firm. Together with around three quarters of businesses in Scotland, we are proud to be part of the many family businesses in Scotland contributing to our local communities and to the wider economy.”

Works started earlier this month on the construction of a 20,000 sq ft manufacturing, design and testing centre on a greenfield site at Broadleys Business Park, Stirling for Blue Box Design, the specialist designer and manufacturer of bespoke presentation boxes for the UK food, drink and luxury sectors.

The investment will create an additional 18 jobs over a four-year period, comprising a combination of shop floor operators and office-based staff. Blue Box Design, which currently operates from 8,000 sq ft premises in Stirling, was acquired by McLaren Packaging in 2013 and has grown to employ 30 staff with annual revenues of £1.4m.

McLaren Packaging aims to increase its turnover to £20 million by 2020 and this facility will make a strong contribution to achieving that goal. The new facility will meet the most stringent of design and build requirements and incorporate a number of environmentally friendly features, including PV solar, electric car charging points and high insulation levels.

Earlier this year McLaren Packaging secured Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation, the global forest certification system enabling consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and recycled materials. McLaren Packaging recognises the social and economic importance of protecting the environment and is fully committed to complying with the requirements of the Environmental Protect Act 1990 and the EU Regulations 995/2010. It is the firm’s management policy to integrate environmental considerations into its decision-making process.

As part of its environmental commitment, the firm recently completed the largest solar panel installation in Inverclyde (with more than 400 panels installed at its facility in Port Glasgow) producing around 66% of its power requirements. The winners of the Herald Scottish Family Business Awards will be announced on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

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For further information please contact Michael McLaren on 01475 745246

Issued on behalf of McLaren Packaging by Liquorice Media tel 0187 738 2961 www.liquorice-media.com

Date: 29 November 2017

Notes to Editors

• Established in 1979 as an independent supplier of corrugated cases to the drinks industry, McLaren Packaging has since grown to record annual sales of over £16 million across a comprehensive range of paper-based packaging products.

• Employing over 100 people and operating across three facilities totalling 150,000 sq ft in Port Glasgow, the family-run firm supplies small, independent operators through to large multi-national organisations.

• McLaren’s core business is the supply of composite tubes, corrugate cases and divisions to the drinks industry. In 2013, it acquired Stirling-based Blue Box Design; a specialist in the design and manufacture of bespoke presentation boxes, primarily for the UK food and drink sector.

• From high-quality flexographic printing to award-winning shaped composite tubes, McLaren Packaging leads on innovation, quality and service.