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Charity begins where corrugated is made!

Our Coalville site will be donating toys to Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville.  This was suggested by a wellbeing group member to ensure donations were kept in the heart of the community where they work. The Marlene Reid Centre supports local families each Christmas with its Toy Appeal to collect brand new books, games, toys and gifts for local children, receiving support at the centre, who may not otherwise receive presents at Christmas. Our Larkhall colleagues will donating to St Ninian’s Food Bank, Larkhall, for the vulnerable and less fortunate. Donations can include tinned dinners, stewing steak, minced beef, curry, chilli, hot dogs, meatballs, and tinned vegetables which can be accessed by those struggling to pay for food. And finally, our Preston colleagues are supporting Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, Lancashire, which helps to distribute Christmas gifts to children who may not otherwise receive a present.   Once again, the charity asks that donations are unwrapped, brand new and can include selection boxes, sweets, board games, books, and toys. Dominic Drew, Managing Director, Board24 commented; “It’s fantastic to see our teams pulling together to support those less fortunate in communities where our sites are located, and we thank them sincerely for their generosity and hard work in planning and executing these campaigns. “In addition, should any of our visitors or suppliers wish to make donations, or other local businesses wish to use our facilities as drop off points, the donations would be gratefully and warmly received by our teams, and the charities that they have chosen to support.” Closing date for all donations at each site is 8th December.

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Corrugated and the circular economy

This definition shows that corrugated as a packaging material supports this and is playing a pivotal part in helping the UK, Europe and beyond to be more sustainable and provide choices that support the circular economy principles. Recycling success The success of how corrugated is pushing forward the recycling element of the industry is evident. In a statistic provided by FEFCO the amount of recycled material found in corrugated has steadily risen from 73% to 89% in the last 20 years. This makes it one of the greenest packaging materials available and perfect for supporting businesses who wish to elevate their sustainability credentials and support the wider circular economy wherever possible. So, if you’re wondering what else makes it part of the circular economy here are a few facts (Source: FEFCO) Reasons why corrugated is circular 1. Bio-based and renewable: Paper used for corrugated packaging is almost exclusively made from natural resources, and any new fibres are obtained from sustainably managed forests. 2. Easy to recycle: Packaging manufacturers are increasingly using recycled fibres, which now account for 88% of raw material. 3. Prevents food waste: Production processes that kill microbes give corrugated packaging unique hygiene levels that prevent the cross-contamination and spoilage of fresh produce. 4. Adding value after use: Recycling paper as a secondary raw material today benefits every stakeholder along the supply chain. 5. Eco-design built in: In addition to saving time, energy, and money, corrugated packaging can be easily shaped for cost-efficient logistics and storage. 6. The real Circular Economy champion: As a circular packaging material, corrugated packaging is recyclable, biodegradable and based on renewable resources. Building sustainable communities Looking at the wider picture and how the corrugated industry integrates into the wider UK economy, not just it’s circular one, there is much to be proud of. Perhaps one of the most appealing elements of the UK corrugated sector is that it is not just dominated by global multinationals. It’s a representation of over 660 member businesses (Source: FEFCO) many of which provide employment, growth, and prosperity for people in the local communities where their manufacturing operations are located. This means that its people are often brand advocates and work hard to foster strong relationships with businesses as they look for new ways to package products that are sustainable and easily recyclable for end users whether that is in a corporate or domestic setting. Coupled with the skills of sheet plant design teams who are adept at creating packaging solutions that are material efficient, remove the need for single use packaging materials and deliver unrivalled performance, it’s easy to see why corrugated not only supports the circular economy principles but is also shaping it for many businesses. Dominic Drew, Group Managing Director, Board24 commented; “Corrugated has always been a hugely popular packaging material however there has been a definite shift in demand as more businesses seek sustainable, recyclable options. “With a variety of board grades available that supports all elements of the market from luxury gift packaging to heavy duty supply chain solutions, the team at Board24 is on hand to advise on the most suitable board grade for all our customer’s needs.” To read more about the circular economy of cardboard click here: https://www.fefco.org/benefits-corrugated

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A brief history of Board24

It all began in 1985 when Larkhall had a corrugator installed – at that time it was owned and operated by another corrugated producer. This site then changed hands a further two times before it was finally acquired by well known name Mondi Board in 2001. Prior to that in 1999 Mondi had acquired both the Preston and Coalville sites. Preston had been established since 1995 and Coalville first opened its doors in 1987. Between 2001 and 2008 all three sites operated under the Mondi Board group until Logson purchased them on 21st April 2008. Just a year later, the first Casemaker was installed in Coalville, heralding the start of a new business division, Cases24. Further casemakers were installed in 2010 and 2012 with Casemaker 4 being the latest addition in 2017. Since April 2008 considerable investment has been made with a further corrugator being installed at Preston alongside other with other machinery installations and upgrades across the group. Dominic Drew, Group Managing Director, Board24 commented; “I was delighted to assume responsibility for the group when Richard McBride, a well-regarded industry professional retired, and since then the business has continued to prosper and retain its position as one of the leading sheet feeders in the UK supporting some of the UK’s best known and most well-respected sheet plants. “Investment in our future continues and in November 2022 build began on a new site, Eurocentral, in Motherwell to which our Scottish operations will transfer to in their entirety early in 2024. “We have also invested heavily in our people, with a new senior leadership team now established and several training and apprenticeship opportunities created to ensure the business continues to thrive and has a clear succession plan for generations to come.”

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Recycle Week celebrates 20 years

16th to 22nd October 2023 is Recycle Week the nation’s annual celebration of recycling and it’s 20th anniversary. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Recycling Hunt’ focusing on items that can be recycled in our homes but are commonly missed. Indeed, some of these are items that we also use in the workplace, so it’s worth having a hunt round the office as well and providing recycling facilities for everyday items such as milk bottles, drinks cans and food packaging.

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Introducing our Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team co-ordinates our operations across all three Board24 sites; Coalville, Preston and Larkhall. Having decades of industry experience between them, the team are responsible for not only the day-to-day operations, but also shaping the strategic future of the business, the part it plays in the industry, and also in the Logson Group.

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Supporting grass roots football

The day job might be about manufacturing corrugated board and cases, but we’re also committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate. As a result, we are delighted to announce three new sponsorship agreements for grassroots junior football clubs close to where our three sites, Coalville, Preston and Larkhall are located. All have been suggested by our team members who have children playing in the teams and understand first hand the huge impact sponsorship can have on helping such teams and clubs prosper and continue to provide this valuable community asset.

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Working with The Printing Charity

We are delighted to be working with The Printing Charity, the only dedicated charity for people in the print sector. We’ve found it complements our in-house Employee Assistance Programme and our commitment to wellbeing and mental health.

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Meet the Team – Jade Earnshaw

As our teams continue to grow at all three Board24 sites, it’s important that we continue to provide a HR service for everyone. To that end, and as we continue to invest in the team of the future through our robust apprenticeship programme, we were delighted to welcome HR apprentice, Jade Earnshaw to the business a few months ago.

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Launch of our wellbeing commitment

On the back of our colleague survey at the end of last year we are pleased to announce the launch of our wellbeing commitment. Created with the wellbeing of colleagues as the central focus, we have taken steps to provide additional support to our team members ranging from mental health to financial advice and support from trusted third-party providers.

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