It was a bright sunny day when the cameras rolled at our Castle Donington facility. The film crew from Derby Business TV (DBTV) were here working with us on a project to showcase the various companies that had secured funding through Derby Enterprise Growth Fund’s Enterprise Expansion Scheme.
We applied for the grant in 2013 in a bid to help us with our growth and development. This included expanding our manufacturing facility by taking a larger unit on the Langham Park Industrial Estate whilst retaining our existing facility, as well as acquiring new specialist machinery. In addition to enabling us to double our capacity and improve our carton finishing service, the funding is set to help us create 12 new jobs.
As the crew made their rounds on the premises, they filmed our extended production facilities with the new Iberica Die-Cutter Press and the Videojet 1520 Continuous Ink Jet Printer. Neale Lewis who runs DBTV interviewed us and explained, ‘DBTV was set up to showcase the fantastic work that businesses in Derby are achieving and to bring together the local business community. fc cartons exemplifies that successful business and today’s session is intended to share their good practice and business advice to help promote the city to inward investors.’
Some of you may know that when the company was set up, we didn’t have to look too far for inspiration when it came to choosing the right name. It was Freddie and Charlie, our sons whose initials shape our corporate identity and branding.
Charlie who is now 16 years old, thoroughly enjoys his basketball and we have loved watching his progression. He joined the Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club in 2011 as a Mini (junior player) and now plays in the National League under 16′s. He’s enjoyed a fabulous season with the team this year. They emerged as champions in their league, winning their league with 19 victories and just a single defeat during the season.
We’ve lent our support to the club over the years. We were match ball sponsor on 22nd March and 4th April when the team played for a place in the play-off positions of the Division One England Basketball league.
The club is growing due to the committed coaches who inspire young players to take up the sport. Players start early – some are as young as five. They learn the game in the Mini’s section and then gradually progress on to the under 13′s, 15′s, 16′s, 18+’s, Division One and so forth. The club is associated with the Derby Basketball Academy and if you’d like to know more about them, visit www.derbytrailblazers.com
At the end of January, Gareth Northover and Jamie Cottee, two of our machine assistants, completed a three-day forklift truck training course. They put themselves forward for the training as we wanted to increase our options of licensed drivers to cover each shift and give us greater flexibility across our two units.
From left to right: Jamie Cottee and Gareth Northover with their certificates.
The three-day course took place on our premises across both our production units. The trainer, Trevor Pooley of Forklift Agency Ltd, shared his knowledge and expertise, and put Gareth and Jamie through their paces. He explained, ‘The lads were great – very keen to learn.’
Both Gareth and Jamie have now achieved the Lift Truck Operator Certificate of Basic Training and we congratulate them on their success.
Gareth has been able to put his training to good use, taking control when deliveries and collections are made. We caught up with him to see what he gained from the training. He said, ‘It was interesting to learn how to drive the forklift. It’s given me another option to help me progress and it’s something new to add to my CV.’
Jamie summed up his experience and added, ‘It was something I wanted to do and it was nice to be able to do something different from the daily routine. I’m glad I did it.’
We extend a warm welcome to a new addition who recently joined us. We get to know Tom Szablewski a little bit better.
Tom, who hails from Nottingham, has been with us for five months now. He used to work in a factory that made lampshades, where his job was to weld the wire frames. He has settled well into his new role here. He has a girlfriend of two years and when he’s not at work, you’ll find him watching films and repairing Daisy – his car!