Toni’s 26 mile Stonehenge Trek on behalf of Alzheimer’s

I decided that I wanted to take on a challenge in honour of my Nan who passed away from Alzheimer’s last year and at the same time, raise some money for a good cause. My Nan was such a positive role model for me and choosing a difficult challenge seemed like a good idea! I even managed to convince my good friend Debbie to join me. I know that Alzheimer’s has an impact on a lot of families and I was really pleased to be able to raise funds for the charity.
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The trek was beautiful, diverse and demanding and the last few miles were definitely not helped by the wind and the rain! We conquered the hills and kept going until 11 hours later, we completed the distance. However, we walked the furthest distance either of us has ever attempted and I still can’t believe we managed it. We trained twice a week and did our best to prepare in the months running up to the trek on the 3rd of September and it all paid off.

David, Deborah and the FC Cartons team were as supportive as ever and with their sponsorship and that of my family and friends, I managed to raise a final total of £632.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 30th September FC Cartons hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £500 for cancer support! A real team effort was made to get baking and all of the tasty treats looked fantastic displayed on FC’s kraft stands, trays and boxes. It turns out that ‘Chunk’ makes a smashing salted caramel brownie! We were overwhelmed to see so many friendly faces at the coffee morning, and the generous donations made by all. The raffle, where we had some great prizes up for grabs, was exceptionally popular with staff. Gareth Northover from Despatch won a meal for two, kindly donated by The Castle Inn in Castle Donington. With plenty of cakes to go round, we made sure all the guests and staff left with a box of goodies to take home. On behalf of FC Cartons I would like to thank everyone for baking, attending and donating in support of Macmillan.

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Introducing Alice Sisson

September 2014 marked the beginning of my degree at Loughborough University having completed A Levels in Art (A*), Textiles (A), and Law (B). Six weeks into my textile design course, I found myself transferring to a graphics based programme after discovering textile design was not for me. From a young age I have always been passionate about art, design and creativity but my experience in the field of graphics was somewhat limited.

Highly conscious of this, and insistent on obtaining a degree from Loughborough (ranked 2nd in the UK for Art & Design), I threw myself whole heartedly into every brief and learning opportunity to understand techniques many of my fellow students had grasped from preparatory foundation courses and so on – a welcomed challenge.

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The industrial placement constitutes my third year of the BA Hons degree in Visual Communication and Illustration. The course offers highly stimulating project briefs, designed to equip a young designer with fundamental knowledge, skills and theories to perform within the industry. My first two years have been spent exploring typography, web design, photography, illustration and art theories just to name a few topics. An independent learning style allows masses of capacity where high quality and diverse outcomes are derived from the same brief – it is rather fascinating to observe individual peers develop their work so drastically differently from one another yet originate from the same starting point.

During my second year I found myself engrossed within the realm of packaging design. I was thrilled to secure a placement with FC Cartons as it is a brilliant opportunity to gain a highly valuable learning experience within a packaging environment. My role as a ‘packaging innovation’ intern will comprise largely of in-depth research into commercial business, ergonomic, technological and inventive concepts which could enhance the performance of a package, eventually deliverable by FC Cartons. Our Kongsberg CAD Table will enable me to produce bespoke pieces and test their suitability as an innovative product through meticulous examination, observation and on-going development.

Since starting at FC Cartons in July, I have begun a variety of projects which have provoked thoughts of additional pathways my career could take upon graduation, such as branding, marketing and business operations. FC Cartons largely supply clients in the food and beverage sector which has inspired my research into new packaging concepts and food identity in correspondence to ever changing consumer desires and requirements.

As the year progresses I am looking forward to venturing onto new projects, furthering my research and committing to FC Cartons with my creative input. Undoubtedly, my knowledge will benefit profoundly from working with industry experts within a family run business which I hope to utilise in the final year of my degree.

Fish ‘n’ Chip team building lunch at FC Cartons

As it was the end of the week and everyone had been working so hard, we thought we’d treat the team to lunch. Normally we’d have an Indian theme, but for a change decided to go for traditional Friday Fish ‘n’ Chips.

Daniel from ‘Mobile Fish & Chips’ arrived in our car park at 11.00am sharp, got his fryer fired up and promptly started serving up piping hot fish ‘n’ chips at 11.45am!

The lunchtime treat was very well received and we got some lovely comments from the team: “A smashing treat”; “I’ve never worked anywhere where I’ve got fish and chips for lunch”; “Good fish ‘n’ chips piping hot!”; “Can we do it every Friday”? To top it all, Daniel was even using cardboard trays, (I feared they might be polystyrene) but we were more than happy to see nested trays being used! Next time? An Italian theme perhaps, anybody for pizza?

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Katy & Jody’s Cup Cake Day

(With some help from their friends) Raised £175.25

We held a cupcake sale in support of the Alzheimers Society and also in memory of Our Nan (and Great Nana Lily) who passed away last year suffering from Alzheimers. My daughters Katy and Jody were very excited to do this and they became stall holders after school and sold lots of home made cakes to friends, family and neighbours. Everyone helped with the baking and we raised £175.25. The staff at fc cartons were very generous with their donation for the cakes that I brought in for break times. The wonderful cupcake boxes were also kindly donated by fc cartons and this made sure that no-one left with less than 6 cakes! A good time was had by all.

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In-house competition for the Euros

We ran a competition on score predictions and top goal scorers – the group stages saw the girls doing really well in the top 4 places, it didn’t remain that way as the competition progressed, the game knowledge and expertise triumphed and the girlie approach broke down! Not dissimilar to the England team.

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Chunk…Production Coordinator

Promotion within fc…

I am really pleased to announce the promotion of Liam “Chunk” Finch to Production Coordinator. Many of you have probably had conversations with Chunk whilst he was in his despatch role.

Over the last few years, not only has Chunk demonstrated and embraced the fc’s values, but he has also developed the skills required to deliver all the tasks associated with the efficient running of the day to day production facility here at fc.

As we have continued to invest in new machinery the team has grown, the need for this role became apparent and I had no hesitation in offering Chunk this thoroughly deserved promotion.

The new role allows me to plan shifts with the peace of mind that Chunk will make sure that production will run as planned and give customers the finished goods on time.

Liam says “I believe that Chunk will continue to mature and develop the role further and we take this opportunity to wish him every success in his new role”

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Client Testimonials

During the last quarter here are a few of the very positive comments we have received.

“The fc cartons site is a credit to a well-organized and united group of individuals. We witnessed a culture which is driven to be the best in their field and the site standards were excellent.”

“fc cartons had a real understanding of how to deliver this project, they were prompt, organised and helpful and I look forward to working with them again in the future.”

“May I take this opportunity to say thank you for your help on this urgent order and say that you have given me First Class customer service every step of the way.”

“Thanks Toni and please also thank Liam and the rest of the guys on my behalf.”

Welcome Aboard

We extend a warm welcome to two new additions who have recently joined us.

JAMES DEWIS – Machine Operator


James joined us in May he had previously worked for a carton finisher for 5 years running a variety of gluing machines. He is settling in really well and says “it is a lot more professional due to the BRC Standards that are followed rigorously. In my previous employment work was self passed with no real QC checks”. James lives in Hinckley, Leicestershire with wife Nicole who he married last year. I have 2 children, a boy of 16 and a girl of 13 plus 2 step-sons aged 17 and 14. James goes on to say…. “both children play football so this takes up a lot of time. I go to the gym and occasionally play 6-a-side football with my son. We all support Leicester City the Premiership Champions! My wife and I like to go out to a lot of gigs, being a couple of old rockers”.

HARRIET GAMBLE – Administrator


Harriet has been with us for only for a short period of time but has already settled really well into the fc team. She came from The Green Café in Greenwich, London where she was head waffle maker! Harriet has a boyfriend called Freddie (The f in fc!) in her spare time she loves going to see musicals and plays when in London with Freddie and spending time with her friends. Since going to Uni she has also taken up running and playing tennis with her best friend Lauren.