Contract Pack 2017 builds on success in 10th year3 Mar 2017
Now in its 10th year, Contract Pack has become a major component of Easyfairs Packaging Innovations at the NEC. The Contract Pack hospitality area, hosted by Rodney Steel, Emma Verkaik and Paul McKenzie, was particularly busy this year, fielding outsourcing enquiries from major brand owners, developing businesses and SMEs. Almost 6000 visitors attended the event, confirming the belief that meeting face to face is still a great way to do business. Twenty four BCMPA members exhibited, representing expertise across a wide range of industry sectors, and with 15 members having already booked for 2018, it once again confirms that this is an event that cannot be missed.
BCMPA Annual Conference 201727 Jan 2017
This years event was a refreshing development from previous years, both in its location and content. Attendees were welcomed to a new venue at the DoubleTree Hilton in Nottingham, which provided bright and modern facilities for 2017. Nearly 30 Member companies were represented and 39 delegates, agreeing that face to face networking is as vital as ever, particularly in response to issues such as negotiating in uncertain times (Richard Savage, Scotworks) and generating leads (Nick Brooks, 4CM). Further valuable contributions from Jeff Deighton (Insight Engineers) provided an in-depth review of the Members survey, and Paul McKenzie (PM Studio) on BCMPA website analysis and developments for 2017. Josh Brooks (Packaging News) guided Members as to how to provide the best content for publication, while Nicholas Mockett (Moorgate Capital) helped us understand the mergers and acquisitions market. Simon Warren (Joshua Jacob) followed with strategies to cope with disaster as an SME and Phil Tooley (RANDD UK) closed with an insight into R&D tax credits. Feedback from the delegates was extremely positive and the scene was set for a healthy year ahead for the co-packing and co-manufacturing industry.
BCMPA at Food Matters Live30 Nov 2016
Exhibiting at Food Matters Live last week was a first for the BCMPA and we came away with a very positive view of the event. Visitors’ realisation that the Association could provide the swift solution to finding accredited companies capable of handling their projects, was very much welcomed and those who had already used our service, came to say Thank You.
The event had over 600 exhibitors and featured 300 expert speakers in 80 seminar sessions. It was the third staging of this annual event at London ExCel and the visitor numbers were up by over 30% compared to last year.
Steller Packing win 'Contract Packer of the Year' 201628 Oct 2016
The UK Packaging Awards were celebrated in style last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel London by over 750 leading figures in the industry including BCMPA members.
Steller Packing Ltd won the coveted “Contract Packer of the Year” Award with the Judges commenting “Excellent business trajectory shown here with expansion in site and equipment paying off in addition to the most important investment – people.”
This is the fifth year that the BCMPA has sponsored the Award and previous winners include Expac, PrimePac Solutions and Central Pharma.
BCMPA member Clifton Packaging was Highly Commended for SME of the Year and won the Award for Investment Project of the Year.
Rodney Steel’s special guests included Chris Sturman (CEO of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation) and Peter MacLeod (Editor of SHD Logistics magazine).
PI London "The BCMPA search facility is brilliant!"23 Sep 2016
So said many visitors who came to the BCMPA stand at Packaging Innovations London to say thank you and to explain how much time it had saved them in finding the right outsourcing partner. That’s what the BCMPA is here for of course, but it was nice to be told. The feedback from the BCMPA’s exhibiting members was also very positive, probably helped by record visitor numbers of well over 4000
A unique pharma event for the UK29 Apr 2016
This year’s Making Pharmaceuticals Conference & Exhibition broke all records with 70 technical seminars and over 100 exhibitors. The outsourcing of pharmaceutical manufacturing and packing projects is an important element of the event and the BCMPA was there in force to promote the services of our members. To accommodate its dramatic growth, Making Pharmaceuticals will be moving to the Ricoh Arena Coventry in 2017.
Contract manufacturing at Making Cosmetics21 Mar 2016
The combination of a comprehensive seminar programme and an exhibition attracted top people in the personal care market. L’Oreal, Sainsburys, Body Shop, PZ Cussons, Molton Brown, Tesco, Superdrug, Boots and GSK were amongst the 836 visitors to visit this 2-day event at the Ricoh Arena Coventry. The BCMPA, supported by Association members, organised a session on contract manufacturing and also met with potential clients on the BCMPA stand.
H3i creates opportunities for our chemical members14 Mar 2016
The H3i event at the National Conference Centre Birmingham focused on technical seminars and the raw materials, ingredients, formulation and contract services used in creating household, industrial and institutional cleaning products. “It is the first time the BCMPA has taken a stand at H3i and we were very pleased with the positive response” said Rodney Steel (BCMPA Chief Executive). “In the absence of chemical shows in the UK, this could provide an excellent platform in the future for our members to exhibit.” The show returns to Birmingham on 6-7 March 2018.
NEC show attracts over 6000 visitors1 Mar 2016
The Contract Pack Show has once again reaffirmed its place in the exhibition calendar as THE place to come for companies wanting to outsource their manufacturing, packing and logistics operations. The focal point was the BCMPA Hospitality Stand which featured demonstrations of the Association’s website search facility, enabling visitors to shortlist members offering the services they need. And with over 20 BCMPA members exhibiting in the Contract Pack zone, there was plenty of opportunity for visitors to meet members face to face. The wide range of sectors represented included personal care, food, pharmaceutical, chemical together with general and luxury gift packing. Contract Pack forms part of the Easyfairs Packaging Innovations event, incorporating Empack, Ecopack and Label & Print.
Hot topics at the BCMPA Conference29 Jan 2016
The Annual Conference was hailed as the best yet, with nearly 50 delegates and an array of topics including the National Living Wage, developments in digital print and 3D printing, communication systems for large warehouse areas and a case study on the pros and cons of exhibiting in the USA. Haulwen Nicholas of Muller Dairy announced the launch of packaging training initiatives in conjunction with Chester University and there was a presentation by Peter Ward, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association. There were also focused break-out sessions for each industry sector and in particular for our pharmaceutical members with updates on the Falsified Medicines Directive and the implementation of Serialisation.
Expac win ‘Contract Packer of the Year’ 201513 Nov 2015
Expac were victorious at this year’s UK Packaging Awards held on Wednesday night at the London Hilton on Park Lane. This is the 4th year the BCMPA has sponsored this prestigious event which attracted over 700 leading figures from across the packaging supply chain. Runner-up was Glowcroft who were highly commended.
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New venue … fresh opportunities!30 Sept 2015
There’s nothing like a new venue to spark fresh enthusiasm and this was the case with Packaging Innovations’ move to Olympia. This is the 5th year that BCMPA has featured at Easyfairs’ London show and we weren’t disappointed. Visitor numbers exceeded 4,000 we were delighted so many clients from leading household brands to eCommerce start-ups were on the lookout for BCMPA members who could help them with their manufacturing, packing and logistics projects.
The extension of the Luxury Packaging section of the show certainly added value: customers attracted to purchase beautifully designed packs will need BCMPA members to collate and pack the products into them. We will definitely be back next year.
Looking ahead to Packaging Innovations in February at the NEC, the BCMPA and around 30 members will be there in force. Come and see us in the Contract Pack zone.
BCMPA Sailing Day11 Sep 2015
Two yachts took to the high seas from Lymington last Friday heading West along the Solent towards Hurst Castle and the Needles. The breeze was a gentle Force 2-3 and all 14 crew members took turns in helming, winching and navigating their way to the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth for lunch. The competitive instinct of the co-packing teams took hold for the afternoon race, although you will notice one crew member very relaxed on the foredeck!
It was a very successful day which we plan to extend to 4 or 5 boats in 2016, with ‘Team Glowcroft’, ‘Team Lemonpath’ and ‘Team Broad Oak’ amongst those keen to complete for the America’s Mug!
Visitors up nearly 30% at Making Pharmaceuticals5 May 2015
This event has aroused a lot of interest in the UK pharmaceutical industry, not least because it has filled a much-needed gap in the exhibition calendar. Visitor numbers at the second Making Pharmaceuticals grew by nearly 30% indicating that the seminar content and exhibitor profile were even more popular with the industry professionals than in its first year.
The BCMPA, as sponsors of the event, welcomed visitors to their stand and a number of BCMPA members also featured at the show.
Making Cosmetics makes its mark28 Mar 2015
This event has really established itself in the exhibition calendar with a first class seminar programme, a growing exhibitor list and a significant increase in visitor numbers. As an official supporter of Making Cosmetics, the BCMPA is pleased to have played its part in developing this much needed and very focused event which enables brand owners on the lookout for contract manufacturing/packing partners to meet BCMPA members face to face.
Contract Pack exhibition reaches 8th Year9 Mar 2015
The BCMPA hospitality stand at Contract Pack, which forms part of Easyfairs Packaging Innovations event, was busier than ever this year – all going to show that the trend towards outsourcing is growing apace.
Twenty five BCMPA members took part, representing a wide range of industry sectors including fulfilment, logistics, food, chemicals, personal care, gift packing, pharmaceuticals and more. Visitor numbers to the NEC were up 10% on the previous year, proving this has become the premier event for our industry.
BCMPA Annual Conference 201526 Jan 2015
The theme of January’s BCMPA Conference held at Nailcote Hall revolved around responsible business practices, starting off with a presentation on sustainable supply chains by Jane Bickerstaffe of INCPEN, followed by Dan Murray of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) – a code to which many BCMPA members subscribe. Linda Boyle of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority defined the staffing responsibilities for companies in the packaging sector and, as an alternative to recycling, Paul Young of DHL challenged delegates to ‘eat their packaging’ explaining how mushrooms, bamboo and straw might shape the future.
The BCMPA team of Emma Verkaik and Rodney Steel outlined the Association’s strategy for 2015, with Melissa Yearley announcing the launch of the BCMPA LinkedIn Networking Group. A major part of the BCMPA’s continued success is down to the website, in particular the search facility, and our designer Paul McKenzie revealed some impressive statistics of how traffic to the site had dramatically increased with resulting benefit to our members.
Alison Church, Event Director at Easyfairs outlined the company’s future plans and thanked all the BCMPA members who participate in the Contract Pack exhibition at Packaging Innovations.
Contract Packer of the Year 201417 Nov 2014
‘Contract Packer of the Year’ is part of The UK Packaging Awards organised by Packaging News, which took place at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane last week, attended by over 700 leading figures in the packaging industry. The ‘Contract Packer of the Year’ Award went to delighted BCMPA member Central Pharma. The Bedford based company has two 3,900sqm sites and 20 production suites with capacity for more than 150m packs per year.
Congratulations also go to our other finalists Glowcroft and Mailway.
Pictured from left: Philip Chadwick (Editor of Packaging News and The Contract Packer), Rodney Steel (BCMPA Chief Executive) Peter Frost, Lynne McConnell, Amy Berridge (all from Central Pharma), Andy Parsons (Host/Comedian)
ICSE Paris featured 6 BCMPA members13 Oct 2014
CPhI Worldwide is the premier pharmaceutical event of the year and was this time held in Paris, attracting well over 30,000 visitors. The International Contract Services Expo zone in Halls 1 & 2 featured BCMPA members Dechra, PCI, Penn, Quay, Recipharm and Trinity. “The feedback I received was extremely positive," said Rodney Steel BCMPA Chief Executive who visited the show on Day One. “With visitors coming in from 140+ countries, it is a truly international exhibition providing our members with a magnificent stage on which to promote their services.”
Packaging Innovations London6 Oct 2014
Once again a record-breaking attendance (almost 4,000) confirmed easyFairs continued success with their London show, this time enhanced with Luxury Packaging 2014. The BCMPA Hospitality Stand in the Contract Pack zone was thronged both days with visitors keen to talk to us about projects that they were looking to outsource. It was also a good opportunity for BCMPA members to meet Melissa Yearley, our new addition to the BCMPA team.
Making Pharmaceuticals 20141 May 2014
The BCMPA supported the Making Pharmaceuticals event last week at the National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham. Created to help the pharmaceutical industry address the complex demands of developing, manufacturing and packing pharmaceutical products, this new UK event exceeded expectations and will feature more prominently on the calendar next year. Exhibiting BCMPA members were Fleet Laboratories/Trinity Scientific and UDG (UniDrug Distribution Group).
Making Cosmetics 201427 Mar 2014
The Making Cosmetics show, held at the Ricoh Arena Coventry on 26-27 March, was supported by the BCMPA and eight exhibiting members: Design Plus Packaging, Fleet Laboratories, Flexible Medical Packaging, Hampshire Cosmetics, Inovia International, Orean Personal Care, Reabrook Health & Beauty and Statfold Seed Oil.
Contract Pack 2014 breaks visitor attendance record12 Mar 2014
Contract Pack 2014, part of the easyFairs Packaging Innovations event at the NEC Birmingham, and the annual showcase for the UK’s contract packing industry, had 25 BCMPA members exhibiting at this year's event alongside the BCMPA hospitality suite.
The two-day show ran from the 26th to the 27th February, and is now firmly established as a must-see event. With visitor numbers at over 6,000 for the first time, a record attendance figure up by 18% on last year, and additional features laid on by the organisers, exhibitor feedback was very positive and over two thirds have already re-booked for next year, proving once again that this is the place for brand owners and retailers to come when they are looking for professional outsourcing partners.
Contract Pack 2014 is go!24 Feb 2014
Contract Pack 2014, part of the easyFairs Packaging Innovations event at the NEC Birmingham, is the premier showcase for the UK's contract packing industry, aimed at clients looking to outsource all or part of their packing, manufacturing or logistics operations.
The BCMPA will be there hosting the hospitality pavilion and supporting 25 exhibiting members for the duration of the show, which runs on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February.
New search feature enhances Members' profiles6 Jan 2014
Shortlisting of BCMPA members via our search tool has been further improved by the addition of relevant industry accreditations. This facility allows any and all of the listed accreditations to be selected to help identify outsourcing partners with appropriate expertise. As with other filters, Accreditations can be selected on their own or in combination with other criteria.
Accreditations held by members are displayed at the foot of their profile pages, along with their other details. Do let us know what you think of these new enhancements - we welcome your feedback.
David Patterson joins BCMPA Management Team8 Nov 2013
We are delighted to welcome David Patterson, MD of Chester Medical Solutions, to the BCMPA Management Team. Chester Medical have been members since 2006, and with Pharmaceutical/Medical being such an important sector within the Association, we welcome David’s experience and input. He held brand management roles at Rank Xerox and Kraft Foods, before joining Chester Medical in 1994. He is also a Director of Quay Pharmaceuticals, who joined the BCMPA in January 2013.
BCMPA launches new UK Contract Packers Map24 Oct 2013
The BCMPA has launched their new UK Contract Packers Map as a feature of the website. All 120 members are flagged on the map enabling brand owners to locate contract manufacturers or packers in their area. By clicking on a flag, the identity of the packer pops up and by clicking again, the client is then linked to the BCMPA member’s profile page which provides information on the services provided by the company and full contact details. Further search refinements by industry sector will be introduced to the Map shortly.
“It’s an exciting new initiative which will be welcomed by clients looking for outsourcing partners in their locality” says Rodney Steel, BCMPA chief Executive. “We launched a major upgrade to the BCMPA website back in the Summer and further developments are planned for 2014.”
BCMPA members at CPhI/ICSE24 Oct 2013
The BCMPA's main interest in Frankfurt’s massive pharmaceutical show CPhI was the International Contract Services Expo (ICSE) where seasoned BCMPA exhibitors included Packaging Coordinators Inc (formerly AndersonBrecon), Dechra Manufacturing, Trinity Scientific (part of the DDD/Fleet Laboratories Group) and Quay Pharmaceuticals (with support from Chester Medical). Rodney Steel was also in attendance and noted that: “CPhI is a great networking event and I am sure the visit will result in new members joining the BCMPA”.
Contract Pack Feature at easyFairs' London show1-2 Oct 2013
The BCMPA and seven of our members exhibited in the Contract Pack Feature at Packaging Innovations London on 1st and 2nd of October at the Business Design Centre Islington. The annual event was well attended with visitor numbers up by 18% compared to 2012.
The Contract Pack Feature included Alexir Co-Packers, Design Plus Packaging, Evolvepack, Hampshire Cosmetics, Mailway Packaging Solutions, PrimePac Solutions and Steller Packing.
The focus now will be on the larger sister show at the NEC Birmingham next February where over 30 BCMPA members will be exhibiting.
BCMPA Annual Conference3 Jul 2013
One of the highlights of the BCMPA calendar, the Annual Conference provided a unique networking opportunity for BCMPA members across all sectors to get together and discuss the many exciting developments in the contract packing industry. The event featured 6 guest speakers including Simon Oxley of Marks & Spencer, Joanna Griffiths of BRC Global Standards, plus two very thought-provoking interactive business strategy sessions. There was also a hands-on workshop organised by LinkedIn to enable members to brush up on their B2B social media skills, and time for relaxation too, with David Woodhead of Selden Research winning the Golf Tournament on Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course.
New BCMPA website launch1 Jun 2013
With the outsourcing of packing and manufacturing projects growing at a prodigious rate, the launch of the new BCMPA website in June fulfils an essential need for clients and contract packers to have a means of finding one another.
The new site provides visitors with the ability to refine their search and by ticking just a few key tick boxes on the dropdown menus, they can create their own shortlist of potential outsourcing partners. Every member has their own profile page with a summary of their capabilities, full contact details and a link to their own website.
Another really valuable feature of the new BCMPA website is the online Enquiry Form. This provides clients with an easy way to enter their project details online, with helpful pop-ups to ensure they give the BCMPA the key information required. This can then be circulated to members and those with the appropriate facilities for the project would normally respond within 24 to 48 hours. It’s a free service.
Other features of the new site include definitions, exhibition calendar and news, all of which provide a valuable resource for the packaging industry.
Exhibitors Marketing Training Day23 May 2013
This half-day training was designed as a hands-on session to enable BCMPA exhibitors to learn how to maximise the many free marketing tools that easyFairs provide for their CONTRACT PACK/PACKAGING INNOVATIONS exhibitions. The shows have enjoyed year-on-year increases in visitor numbers, but the more that can be done to promote the exhibitions and attract potential customers, the better.
“It definitely met its objectives” said Debbie Hayler of March Foods. Paul Price of Lemonpath said “This workshop was exactly what we needed to ensure that we meet new potential clients at the next show.”
The day was organised at the BCMPA’s headquarters in Old Amersham in conjunction with easyFairs, who also sponsored the event. In addition to hosting the CONTRACT PACK zone at London this October, the BCMPA is anticipating over 30 exhibiting members at the NEC in February 2014.
Medtec UK1-2 May 2013
Medtec UK, held this year at Olympia London, is the UK's leading event for medical device manufacturers and featured BCMPA member Riverside Medical Packaging Ltd. Feedback from Neil Riddolls, sales director of the Derby based company, was very positive.
There were over 100 exhibitors in all and the show is scheduled for the same London venue on 14-15 May 2014.
Making Cosmetics12-13 Mar 2013
Making Cosmetics, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, focused on personal care and associated markets enabling visitors to get up to date information about the sourcing, manufacturing and outsourcing of Cosmetics & Toiletries, and taking products from concept to consumer.
The event consisted of 74 exhibitors and a very comprehensive seminar programme, attracting 930 visitors over the two days. BCMPA members Fleet Laboratories and Hampshire Cosmetics both had stands.
The BCMPA stand not only attracted visitors looking for potential outsourcing partners, but also contract manufacturing companies applying for membership of the Association, two of whom are now members.
easyFairs CONTRACT PACK 201327-28 Feb 2013
February saw 5093 visitors at the NEC Birmingham, a 12% increase on the previous year, with 30 BCMPA members taking part. Two-thirds of the Association’s exhibitors have already booked for 2014, proving yet again that this is the place for brand owners and retailers to come when they are looking for professional outsourcing partners.
One of the key messages on this year’s BCMPA Hospitality Stand was to emphasise to visitors that there is a lot more to the Contract Packing Industry than just packing. “Members’ services encompass a broad spectrum of operations from pack design, formulation and filling right through to services such as warehousing distribution and fulfilment” said Rodney Steel, BCMPA chief executive.
“We had an unprecedented number of enquiries for membership” said Emma Verkaik, who is responsible for the BCMPA’s new membership development. “There are some very competent contract packing companies out there who now have the mind-set to be more pro-active in promoting themselves. We can definitely help them” she added.
The CONTRACT PACK exhibition is the flagship event for the UK contract packing industry, having been launched in 2008 as a BCMPA/easyFairs initiative and forming part of the easyFairs PACKAGING INNOVATIONS portfolio.