Welcome Aboard

Calum Donnelly – Core Account Assistant

After living and playing rugby in New Zealand and having played semi-professional rugby in the Welsh Premiership, Calum joined the team in October 2019. New to Sales as our Core Account Assistant he is quick to learn and keen to contribute. He had also previously worked for Team fc in production before re-joining within our sales team. Calum is a rugby fanatic with a keen interest in sport.

Joel Shelley – Apprentice Gluing Machine Operator

Whilst Joel has only been with us just a few months we are delighted with his progress, Joel commented “I feel I have settled in really well – this has been made much easier as everyone has been so welcoming.” We are sure he will be a real asset to Team fc for many years to come! Joel lives locally in Melbourne. He enjoys playing and watching football and also enjoys music and going to events, only one blemish he supports Tottenham Hotspur!

Kieran Durose – Apprentice Gluing Machine Operator

Kieran has settled really well into Team fc and first impressions have been very favourable, we feel he has the ability and right attitude to make a really positive contribution to Team fc. Kieran commented “The team at fc have been very helpful and welcoming, this has been very much appreciated and I already really feel part of the team.” Kieran is single and lives locally in Alvaston and previously worked in the Derby County ticket office, he enjoys playing Five a side football and is a big Derby County fan and had the following comment to support his football allegiance “I support Derby County the only team that matters in the East Midlands!” Possibly not the best career move!

Leah Marriott – Apprentice Commercial Administrator

Leah has joined us as our Apprentice Commercial Administrator, whilst she has only been with us a short period of time, she is learning quickly and is keen to contribute. Leah has settled really well into Team fc and said “I feel very happy with all my work colleagues, who have really helped make me feel at home, this is my first Job in Admin and I can’t wait to learn more and feel that I am making a positive contribution to the business.” Leah lives locally with her mum, two cats and one dog, she is a keen fund raiser, running in a 5 kilometre charity run she raised £150.00 for Cancer Research- well done Leah – she is also a Sheffield Wednesday fan!

Team fc make further additions with three new apprentices!

We are both excited and delighted to have recruited three new apprentices, we aim to expand the scheme further as it is both very rewarding and beneficial to give these young recruits opportunities which in the long run will help enable us to have sustainable skills throughout our business and industry.

Having discussed our needs with Loughborough College and explaining the roles we had in mind which were two Gluing Machine Operators and an Apprentice Commercial Administrator. We interviewed the potential candidates over a number of weeks here at FC, this gave our potential apprentices the opportunity to see exactly what the role entailed and having given them a tour of our new 36,000 sq. ft. production hub they could see for themselves the fantastic working environment it offers all the fc Team.

All three of the candidates Kieran, Joel and Leah came across as having the potential to fit into the fc team and understand the importance of fully embracing our values and guiding principles. They were all incredibly enthusiastic and excited about getting the opportunity to learn new skills and we were delighted to find the right candidates to fit the roles.


Liam Cox Operations Director commented:

“Kieran and Joel have commenced a Level 2 Engineering Performance Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship, whilst only a few months in they are both doing very well! They are working to a framework within our capabilities and the skills and knowledge required for the role. Eager to listen and learn as well as get their hands dirty and muck in with the rest of the team on the shop floor, they have settled in very quickly. All training is in-house with our experienced operators and performance is measured at regular meetings with myself and the trainer as well as external reviews to monitor all aspects of learning and development. The thought of both Joel and Kieran doing well, completing the apprenticeship and becoming the next generation of skilled operators and being part of Team fc really excites me and can only benefit all concerned.”

Debra Woodyatt Director of Finance and Systems added:

“As our business expanded and our team grew we felt we had enough support in the office and a desire to develop new players to explore the opportunity of having an Apprentice on board.

Previously we have always supported our local school with projects and work experience.
Loughborough College advertised our vacancy and confirmed that they could deliver the support and training for the position – Level 2 Business Administration, which includes one day attendance at college to cover the IT element of the course with all other aspects of the modules being delivered in the work place.

We interviewed for the position and were delighted by the strength and number of candidates that applied, we offered the position to Leah and she joined the team in November.

We will support Leah through her apprenticeship with work place experiences that will hopefully give her an insight into the commercial world as well as the packaging industry.

As a business we feel that young people given the opportunity, bring a different aspect to the business. We benefited from this when we had Alice Sissons a graduate from Loughborough who joined us for her placement year, Alice made an impact on our branding projects with her design flare and an approach which was fresh & current. We hope that Leah can bring the same qualities as she undertakes her further education and settles into the team.”

Q & A with Team FC

Q: Are our Finishing Solutions a Creative Art, a Science or both?

A: Our Finishing Solutions have a degree of Creative Art and Science but we also utilise our innovation team’s skills as product engineers. It is a real art to achieve the perfect finishing solution and how we achieve the most economical solution for our Customers’.

The science is in the engineering, understanding the weight and combination of materials which can deliver the required strength and rigidity, the creative insight that gives them their distinctive look and intricate composition paired with the scientific knowledge required to make the art possible.

Knowing just how much pressure to apply to each single carton is imperative; all elements are completed with a precise accuracy to deliver the perfect finishing solution.

More and more of our customers’ want innovative solutions to their packaging problems and we offer the science to turn their ideas into commercial reality.