In August, we had our second BRC packaging audit carried out by Paul Taylor of the Royal Society for Public Health. We are delighted to announce that we achieved the highest A grade!
After gaining our first accreditation last year, the whole team worked incredibly hard to make sure we adhered to the strict BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials issue four. The high risk certification provides our customers within the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries the reassurance that we are working to the stringent hygiene demands of the accreditation.
Paul, who carried out our previous audit was impressed with the team’s commitment and said of FC Cartons: “It’s a very positive site and everyone takes care in what they do.”
When we first met B3 Cricket’s Commercial Director, Russell Evans, through FC Cartons-sponsored Sandiacre Town Cricket Club, we discovered that our companies have more in common than just a love of the gentleman’s game.
B3 Cricket’s quality bats are handcrafted from specially selected English willow wood – the same tree that we at FC Cartons have been planting as part of our commitment to offset the company’s carbon emissions.
Every year, a team from FC Cartons plants willow trees at Poppy Wood which is part of the National Forest in Melbourne, Derbyshire, to contribute to our Carbon Neutral policy. Since the company’s founding in 2003, we have employed carbon reduction techniques in all aspects of the business, from sourcing sustainable materials, to setting up employee car share and cycle to work schemes as well as reducing our energy usage. We continually strive to reduce the environmental impact of the business as a whole, and you may recall that we even won the North West Leicestershire Green Footprints Challenge Business Award last year, in recognition of our efforts to reduce, recycle and offset our carbon footprint.
Russell, and fellow cricket enthusiasts, David Bacon and Michael Blatherwick set up B3 Cricket in August 2012. The company has grown from strength to strength, expertly handcrafting quality cricket bats that have been used by professional and amateur players around the world from their factory in Nottingham.
B3 Cricket is a great local start up company that we’re really excited to be involved with. Their bespoke bats offer something only top professional cricketers were able to own previously, and it’s great to know that our green initiative is helping to supply the raw materials the bats are made from!
On Friday, 27th September, FC Cartons held a coffee morning to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support for the second year running.
Friends, family, staff, customers, suppliers and neighbours were all invited to come along and join us for coffee and a slice of homemade cake.
Debra spent the morning serving cappuccinos and Americanos to guests, as well as cutting generous slices of Victoria sponge, chocolate cake, lemon cake, coffee and walnut cakes and cupcakes – all calorie counting was officially out of the window for the day!
A special thank you goes out to Des and Hayley of Freestyle Marketing, who donated some beautifully decorated cakes! David’s individual Victoria sponges also went down a treat with the staff. He has now been asked to supply some for the birthday of Steve, our Nesting Machine Operator…. are there no limits to our leader’s skills?!
We’d like to say a big thank you to our guests and staff who made generous donations – we raised £126.00!