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NEWS: Sandland Packaging on the way to Carbon Net Zero with Turning The Black Country Green
We're delighted to announce our membership of Turning The Black Country Green (TTBCG) - an organisation helping forward thinking businesses through the stages of becoming CARBON NEUTRAL certified to PAS2060 : CARBON NEUTRAL and then onto CARBON NET ZERO.

To achieve this we have committed to measure and reduce our CO2e emissions which contribute to the global climate crisis affecting everyone. We are currently in the process of calculating our Carbon Emissions boundary across scope 1, 2 & 3, with a target of achieving PAS2060 Carbon Neutral certification in Q1 of 2022.

Martin Hickman, Managing Director, confirmed, “Improving sustainability across the business is vitally important to us – we all have to play our part in tackling the effects of climate change. We started with our tree planning initiative and are now taking the first steps towards becoming Carbon Net Zero. It’s good for us, good for our customers and good for the planet.”

As a member of TTBCG, we will measure our CO2e emissions to GHG Protocol standard and working with our supply chain, staff and customers look to achieve Net Zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of the UK backstop. This is on top of existing initiatives including tree planting with One Tree Planted and providing chain of custody with FSC certification.
NEWS: We're switching to renewable energy
As part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment we're thrilled to confirm we're switching to a 100% renewable energy tariff from April 2022 with Haven Power. Their responsibly sourced, biomass electricity costs no more than conventional power, yet produces 86% less carbon than coal-generated power. A real reduction in our carbon footprint.

5 fun facts about…Kai Harper
Kai has recently started his apprenticeship with Sandland Packaging and is really enjoying it! His interest in design, technology and engineering means he gets a lot out of running the machines, particularly the new fully automated stitching and gluing machine. He also appreciates how much support he’s getting from his colleagues in this new role.    

We asked Kai Harper for 5 fun facts:  

I’m looking forward to… finishing my qualification as a Manufacturing Operative in the next 12 months, then hopefully becoming a full-time member of the Sandland team. I’m also looking forward to going away for my 18th birthday with family and friends.    

My favourite film/game/book is…favourite game is Call of Duty and I like action movies like Fast and Furious with much-missed Paul Walker.    

I’m not too keen on...not doing anything. I don’t like being unproductive.    

I really like… riding my motorbike and going out with my mates.    

In my spare time…I go to the gym – everyday if I can.
NEWS: Sandland packaging takes next step in ambitious growth plan with latest investment
Sandland Packaging has taken the next step in its growth plans with investment in a Midas MD Ultra Fully-Automatic Stitcher/Gluer – the only one of its kind in the UK. With a running speed of 5,000 per hour, it is set to transform production at the busy plant, replacing existing machinery and significantly improving turnaround times. Read more details about the Midas MD Ultra Fully-Automatice Sticher/Gluer on our Products page. 

Martin Hickman, Managing Director, confirmed, “As a growing business, we’re always focused on improving our capability for our customers. This new investment, the first of its kind in the UK, automates stitching and gluing making us more efficient. The bottom line is that our customers will get their packaging faster.”

The investment includes automated box strapping to ensure well-presented packaging with more boxes on a pallet.   This deal follows Sandland Packaging leasing a 30,000 sq ft second site in November to cope with increased demand, investing in a new CRM system and undertaking recruitment for a number of new apprentices. This supports an ambitious growth plan to deliver increased sales of 25% over the next 3 years.
5 fun facts about…Matt Hall
At Sandland for two years, Matt has built on his sales experience and is now a Business Development Manager generating new business and assisting existing customers with their enquiries. Matt really enjoys his role at Sandland. When he’s not at work, he’s pounding the pavements in his pursuit of boxing glory!  

We asked Matt for 5 fun facts:  

I’m looking forward to…seeing what the future holds for both myself and the company as a whole. Considering the business is over 35 years old, the two years I have been here is just a small snippet but it has grown and progressed so much within two years I am excited to see what the future lies and how far we can go.  

My favourite film/game/book is…Film - Anything with Kevin Hart in. I love a good comedy; Game - I enjoy a good poker night with the lads! Book - with boxing I run a hell of a lot so I listen to a lot of Ross Edgley Audiobooks and also David Goggins for motivation.  

I’m not too keen on...TV Soaps, lazy people and excuses.  

I really like… any sport. I am extremely competitive whether it’s a round of golf with my brother or a kickabout with my lads. I also like spending quality time with my close friends and family  

In my spare time… I also box and currently have had other 60 bouts.  
Sandland Packaging takes advantage of new apprentice scheme
The Express & Star have featured our latest recruitment news of taking on 16-year-old Kai Harper on the Lean Manufacturing Operative L2 Apprenticeship. Kai will be learning how to operate new hi-tech equipment.

Click here to read the full story

NEWS: Sandland Packaging expands into second site to cope with increased demand
Sandland Packaging has signed the lease on a second site to cope with increased demand. The 30,000 square feet site is designed to improve efficiencies and workflow through the plant. Principally it will house Sandland’s growing stock and serve facility.

“As orders continue to grow across multiple lines so we need to evolve our manufacturing footprint. Our new stock and serve facility is 300% larger than the existing one and gives us the space and efficiency we need to deliver for our customers,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

This in line with company growth forecasts and in keeping with plans for investment and recruitment plans for early 2021. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging achieves FSC® certification
Sandland Packaging has improved its environmental credentials by achieving Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification. This reassures customers that their packaging materials follow a chain of custody back to a responsibly managed source.

“It was an obvious move for Sandland Packaging. We have supplied FSC materials for years so the certification was a simple matter. Our customers are increasingly asking for environmentally friendly options and providing evidence that we source sustainable materials was an obvious step,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

Achieving FSC certification is part of a wider strategy to showcase the company’s environmental credentials which include helping customers to phase out single-use plastic where appropriate. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging plants trees with One Tree Planted
Sandland Packaging has continued its campaign to improve the environment by planting one tree for every five orders manufactured. This is through One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global re-forestation. As an environmental charity, their mission is to make it simple for individuals and businesses to help the environment by planting trees.  

“We know the environment is a major concern not just for our customers, but for everyone. We want to make an impact and by planting trees we know we’re directly helping the environment,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

Environmental initiatives like this are part of a wider environmental strategy including achieving FSC status and helping customers phase out single use plastic where appropriate.

Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging shows quality with successful ISO 9001 audit
Sandland Packaging has successfully passed its most recent audit for the quality standard ISO 9001 which it has held since 2016. This shows their commitment to the highest quality standards particularly important when supplying such a huge range of bespoke corrugated packaging products.

“We know our customers depend on us to provide exceptional quality corrugated packaging every time. At Sandland Packaging, we specialise in providing a bespoke service – any box any size – which means we have to make sure we provide exceptional quality whatever shape, size or box requirement our customers have. Passing our latest ISO 9001 audit shows our customers we take quality seriously,” said Martin Hickman, Managing Director.

A commitment to quality is part of a wider improvement strategy including achieving FSC status and helping customers design cost-effective and efficient packaging to meet their needs. Sandland Packaging are the leading manufacturer of bespoke corrugated packaging in the West Midlands.
NEWS: Sandland Packaging under new ownership following £5.5million FDC and IGF investment
Sandland Packaging under new ownership following £5.5million FDC and IGF investment  
  • Black Country-based cardboard packaging supplier under new ownership
  • Founder exits majority shareholding with management team taking ownership
  • Deal supported by £2.6 million investment from Frontier Development Capital and £2.9M working capital from Independent Growth Finance.
Sandland Packaging is under new ownership following a £5.5 million investment from Frontier Development Capital (FDC) and Independent Growth Finance (IGF)  

The Buy-In Management Buyout (BIMBO) will see Andy Sandland, the founder and majority shareholder of Sandland Packaging exit the Bilston-based business. The management team will be led by husband and wife team Martin and Jo Hickman, Andy Batha also joins the management team as Sales Director with Robin Welch, formerly of GI Solutions Limited (Now Go Inspire) joining the board as Chairman.  

Sandland Packaging was established over 30 years ago and specialises in the production of cardboard packaging for customers across the UK. The firm operates a complete service, including packaging design, manufacture and delivery through its fleet of lorries.  

The company has seen strong growth in recent years as the advantages of cardboard as a sustainable packaging solution are increasingly recognised – it is estimated that 84% of cardboard is currently recycled in the UK.  

Robin Welch, Chairman of Sandland Packaging, said:   “This change of ownership marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Sandland Packaging. We are planning to build on the solid foundations laid by the previous owner and founder, while pursuing emerging opportunities in the cardboard packaging sector driven by the rise in product shipping and the growing appeal of cardboard as a sustainable packaging option.   The funding from FDC and IGF has been instrumental in providing the capital needed to complete the transaction and we look forward to working with both parties, we plan to expand Sandland’s service and products for new and existing customers.”  

Frontier Development Capital is a national fund manager supporting businesses with growth capital investments of up to £7 million.  

Simon Kelsall, Investment Director at Frontier Development Capital, said:   “As a leading national supplier of cardboard boxes, Sandland Packaging is well-positioned for future growth. The firm’s experienced management team has the ability to provide a full service offering to its customers from product design through to delivery.  This, combined with a reputation for on time fulfilment, have been important factors in building its strong customer base and industry stature. The funding package FDC has provided, supports both new and existing management in taking ownership of the firm. We look forward to working with the team over the coming years to deliver the opportunities ahead of them.”  

Paul Edmeades, ABL Director at Independent Growth Finance said:   “We are delighted to be working alongside the new management team in what is a highly successful business. Our revolving and term facilities will give the business a strong financial platform to focus on future growth.”  

Frontier Development Capital was advised by The Wilkes partnership LLP, Newco by Lodders Solicitors and IGF by Shoosmiths. Mazars provided financial due diligence on the deal. The vendors were advised by Pippa Hawkes of BSN Chartered Accountants. 
NEWS: GDPR Updates
Sandland updates its privacy policy to ensure we are working to the very latest GDPR guidance. For more information go to