A strong set of financial results plus a clear commitment to the sector gave Curtis the edge in this tightly contested category.
Over the period judged, Curtis moved its entire factory from Wimbledon to Redhill to facilitate its continued growth strategy.
The relocation plan was called “Project Lock, Stock and Barrel” and Curtis identified the new site in June, procured it in September and reinforced the flooring for the secure positioning of installing a newly purchased Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 press.
Significant investment was made in creating new office space, a design studio on a mezzanine floor, LED lighting, heating and power. With the help of its 54 employees, giving up their free time, Curtis moved 95% of its production equipment over one November weekend with only three working days downtime. The new facility expanded footprint by 70% and provided the company with an improved working environment.
The strategy has paid dividends, offering more flexibility to customers in terms of smaller size print formats and shorter print runs. An added bonus for Curtis has been new business wins as a direct result of the new facility.
One judge remarked: “Curtis stands out as one of the few packaging manufacturers in the south east. An impressive performance this year and long term commitment to the industry demonstrated by their investment in a new site.”
Aegg Creative Packaging
Aegg is in its eigth year of trading with 2016 being the best in the company’s history. Turnover reached £5.3m, a 75% increase on the prior year. From a standing start, exports now comprise 11% of total revenues and Aegg now supplies to 11 countries globally, including North America, the Middle East and Australia.
Aegg products can now be seen in all major UK retailers, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi & Lidl. Aegg products are bought by many major food groups including Greencore, Hain Daniels, Unilever and Bakkavor as well as challenger brand owners such as Gü and Pots & Co. Aegg products also appear in other high street names such as Domino’s Pizza, Eat and Pret a Manger and several airlines including British Airways and Virgin.
“A very impressive and rapid rise for Aegg. You only have to look at the calibre of stores and companies utilising their products to appreciate the quality and a 75% turnover increase last year is outstanding”