The Wilkins Group enjoyed much success in 2017. It started the year by launching a new digital division for the luxury packaging market and ended it with an award win. The global packaging firm – which has 500 staff across five countries – manufactures packaging for the worldwide food market and all UK supermarkets, with food taking up around 80 per cent of its orders in the UK. In fact when it comes to wholly owned independent companies; it is the largest in the country.

The firm has been at its current site, in Private Road Number 1 in Colwick, Nottinghamshire, since 2000 and employs 270 people there, printing about 800 million cartons a year.

The Wilkins Group has seen great results since investing £600,000 on a digital foiling and varnishing machine for its new digital Fuse division, enabling it to cater for the luxury packaging sectors, including cosmetics, liquor, the greeting card industry and luxury confectionery.

Justin Wilkins, 41, sales and marketing director at The Wilkins Group, said: “There has been such a buzz around Fuse, customers who have seen it have been so impressed. It is doing wonders for us as a company. “Everyone in our business will walk down an aisle and feel a sense of pride when they see a product they’ve been involved in.  “Going forward, we just want to keep innovating and helping those retailers sell their products.”

The company has also enjoyed recent success at the Midlands Family Business Awards, where it won the award for International Trade. Justin’s dad, Andre Wilkins, managing director, accepted the award. Andre and his father Ken founded the company in 1963. Today The Wilkins Group employs around 500 staff globally, including at hubs in Sri Lanka, Romania, China, India and Bangladesh.

It has occupied its 160,000sq ft. head office in Nottingham for the past decade. It also owns a 78,000sq ft. warehouse across the road, which is used for a subsidiary third party logistics business, Fusion.

Justin’s mum Ann is financial director and older brother Aron, 46, is a director who looks after systems, IT and production.

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