Maintaining Standards the BRC Way!!

BRC Packaging

For the second year running East Lancashire Box Co. Ltd. has been certificated with a Grade A in the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. The rigorous audit took place over two days in the middle of April and today we received our certificate confirming we have maintained our Grade A standard!!

A few years ago when we started the process of trying to obtain certification by the standard we were unaware of quite how intense it would be. Luckily we have a great workforce, who understand the need to follow all the procedures we put in place. However, until we began our mission to become BRC certified a lot of what we did was not well documented or recorded, a vital element to the BRC standard. Therefore, we had to develop and amend a lot of our procedures, as well as making some physical alterations to site in the hope of achieving our BRC dream. Our workforce, being adaptable and diligent in all that they do, have responded perfectly to these changes taking on board and following all our amendments and alterations to their working practices helping us to meet the standard and receive a virtually flawless audit report.

For those who may be unaware, BRC (British Retailer Consortium) Global Standard is a leading safety and quality certification program used by over 20,000 suppliers in 90 countries. It guarantees standardisation of quality, safety and operational criterion and ensures that manufactures fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end customer. It has become a fundamental requirement to many of the leading retailers. The standards are developed for different product areas such as Food Safety, Consumer Products, Packaging and Packaging Material, and storage and distribution. ELB is certified under the Packaging and Packaging Material category which consists of six sections:-

1. Senior Management & Commitment and Continual Improvement.
2. Hazard and Risk Management System.
3. Technical Management System.
4. Site Standard.
5. Product & Process Control.
6. Personnel – standard for training, protective equipment and personal hygiene.

East Lancashire Box are committed to improving and developing all that goes into our end products to meet industry, retailers and consumer requirements and needs. Next up we think shall be the FSC certification. It is important to us to protect the environment and we want to make sure all our board starts life in a forest that is certified to the required standard. We shall keep you posted on the progress of this mission.

As ever, our achievements would not be possible without our dedicated team of employees who chose to undertake changes and developments to better the business with 100% commitment and enthusiasm, for this we extremely grateful.

Celebrating 25 Years of Phillip Green!!


This month Phillip Green joined the elite group of loyal employees who have dedicated 25 years continuous service to the company. He commenced his employment in May 1989 and has remained with us ever since. In honour of this achievement a small presentation took place where Peter Ingham made a short speech and presented Phillip with a special edition “25 Year Employee” ELB polo shirt and a plaque with his name on that shall be added to the small (but growing) board of employees who have been a part of the company for over a quarter of a century.

We would like to thank Phillip for his hard work and dedication. Phillip is part of the furniture at East Lancashire Box, it would not be the same place without him. He brightens up the factory every Dress-Down Friday usually wearing one of his numerous Hawaiian style shirts. He is a highly valued member of the workforce and we look forward to him hopefully remaining a part of our ELB Team for many more years to come!!

At East Lancashire Box Co. Ltd we are lucky to have such loyal and devoted employees and we are looking forward to celebrating more 25 years of service in the not too distant future. Next up is Janet Heaton, she has worked for us continuously since 1990 followed by Adele Bolton who joined us in 1994.

New website launched

We have launched our new website. East Lancs Box Company have been running since 1981. We have all the latest facilities and mod cons so we thought it was about time we focused on an update of our website to be more accessible to our clients’.

Welcome to East Lancs Box Company

East Lancashire Box Co Ltd is a privately owned family run corrugated sheet plant founded in 1981 specialising in shelf and retail ready packaging. Our product range is visible on the shelves of all the major supermarkets within the UK and abroad.