1. 2016 Creativepool Annual Shortlist Nominee – That would be us!

    We haven’t been on Creativepool long, so imagine our surprise this morning when we found out we have made the shortlist for, not just one, but two of our packaging projects.

    There’s some tough competition with approx 30 other people on the shortlist. Certain spots will get judged by the judging panel themselves, while one project will get voted through a channel called ‘The People’s Choice.’

    If you’re interested in helping us get through to the next round, or indeed win, you can click on this link here, scroll through the shortlisted entries and vote for either our Rapha project, or our Hard Graft project.

    Thank you. Team Progress.


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  2. Rebus Hinged Lid Boxes

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    Rebus has become the UK’s premier creator of finely crafted signet rings in today’s market. They have a very strong heritage (most of which can be read about right HERE) that includes decades of commitment to ensuring they are the absolute best at what they do. Therefore, it was important for us to reflect their company ethos of providing beautiful end products when creating their final packaging piece.

    Using Winter & Co. Corvon paper on both the outer and inner of this box, we foil blocked their logo in one place to the face. A card cog was riveted to the hinged lid, and then a satin ribbon was used to wrap around the box and secure the closure. An EVA foam insert was fitted inside which had recesses to hold a signet ring, candle and a capsule in place securely.

    If you love watching production videos and are interested in the processes of how these wonderful pieces of jewellery are made, we definitely recommend checking out their Facebook page. You could always stop by and check ours out, too. You know… just if you’re passing through and all.

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  3. Schofields Packaging

    Schofield Xmas Box

    This box and lid set that we recently produced for Schofield Watch Co. looks amazing with the inserts inside. The colours and papers used for this piece of packaging were Wicotex Lite 38013 light blue, with the lid being covered in Corvon Shimmer Powder 834 Ice Black. The lids were then foil blocked in one position using a bronze colour to compliment the classic look of the papers.

    If you haven’t already read the story behind Schofield Watches, you should take a look at this link right here and read just how this company began.

    “There are few global watch brands that can say they operate out of a bucolic village in the West Sussex countryside. But then there are few watchmakers that can also boast ‘ukulele maker’ under their skillset. However, such is the visionary nature of Giles Ellis’s pioneering watch brand, Schofield, that the horological rule book is being quietly re-written, from a leafy corner of the English countryside. What began as a personal quest to find a watch that fitted his exacting personal taste has evolved into an international operation that has carved out a curious niche in the competitive world of watch-making.”

    For someone who states quite openly ‘All my life I’ve been someone who likes things to be just right’, we’re honoured that Giles Ellis chose to use Progress for his packaging needs.

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  4. Coming Soon…


    A change is as good as a rest. Look what we’re finally working on. It’s been ten years since it last happened for us, so we’re allowed to be excited by the thought of different fonts, new stationery and an image overhaul. It’s rebrand time!

    #WeDontAgeWeEvolve #CoversUpTheWrinkles

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  5. Maltman Whisky Boxes



    We seem to attract a lot of whisky lovers, here at Progress. I must admit, I quite fancy a tipple of it now and again. These wooden boxes we produced for Maltman, however, are so pretty to look at, I’m not sure I’d feel right touching the whisky inside. It would sit proudly on my shelf like a fine ornament forever. Okay, maybe not forever, but at least a week. Let’s be honest, life is hectic for all of us and come Friday, I for one am definitely a ‘let’s open all the best alcohol we own and celebrate our survival skills’ kind of girl… but I digress.

    When you look on Maltman’s website, their ‘about us’ section makes one very clear statement about who they are and what they produce: “The philosophy is simple: Strive for perfection, as only the best will do.”

    A company with such a bold philosophy isn’t going to settle for anything that can be bought off the shelf, nor anything too mainstream. The packaging they chose to create for their vintage cask whisky had to have a refined aesthetic appeal to it – for obvious reasons.

    Over to us. We produced these wooden veneered boxes using three different stains to the outer: cherry, beechwood and walnut. With gold screen-printing to the lids to enhance the richness and quality of the packaging, the boxes were then fitted with a suede lined insert for the bottles to sit snugly into. The finishing touch was a ribbon tie which was also fitted to hold a certificate in place.

    If you love these as much as we do, feel free to let us know.

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  6. Unmade Bags

    In an overview of Unmade’s brand on Bibliotheque’s website they said “Unmade is at the forefront of a new textile revolution – reinventing the knitwear industry using cutting edge technology to produce unique one-offs by means of mass production.”

    We were lucky enough to be involved in a project where modern design and individuality were just a couple of the key factors. Progress thrives on producing something a bit different to the norm, and the packaging designed by Bibliotheque for Unmade was exactly that.

    “The indentity emphasises Unmade’s collaborative mission. Their philosophy is that no garment is complete until it has been personalised. Their approach is to partner with other designers and by collaborating, they allow the customer to make a unique product by means of digital manipulation. When the design is finished, it is sent directly to a knitting machine, transforming the design into an exclusive made-to-order garment. We echoed this process by creating a flexible motif within the logotype. The diagonal crossbar of the E is combined with an opposing stroke to represent the intervention of the collaborating designer. This device is then used across the identity as an expressive visual component.”

    We produced some E-Flute brown corrugated folding boxes with a one-colour screen-print to the top, along with Kraft paper carriers which had reinforced, punched handles and were foil-blocked black gloss. These were then die cut to allow the insertion of customised ribbons. For an extra finishing touch, we also produced white tissue paper, which was flexo-printed one colour black.

    This is another example of what can be achieved when good design is mixed with quality materials.unmade_bag_2




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  7. Happy New Year!

    Well, we’ve been back in the office for almost a full week and we’re still standing, so that’s something. 2016 is already looking busy, and even though a few of us in the office are suffering the side effects of the dreaded January detox (cue booing and hissing), we’re ready for it.

    Feel free to drop us an email on sales@progresspkg.co.uk or call us directly on 01484 608600 if you’re starting your new year working on new designs or if you have any upcoming packaging projects that you need help with.

    2016 Progress

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  8. 2015 is almost over, but what a year it’s been.

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    Twelve months. 365 days. That’s a lot of hours and even more minutes (please don’t ask us to do the math… it’s Monday and we are still recovering from our Christmas party at the weekend.) It has been another great year for all of us at Progress Packaging. We never know who we are going to forge relationships with or what products we are going to have the privilege of producing, but 2015 has definitely been one to remember.

    We have, once again, been lucky enough to work for and with some amazing companies, including Ralph & Russo, Hard Graft, Miller Harris, Wolfburn Whisky, Tom Dixon, Pro-Blo, All Star Lanes, Clogau, Art Basel, etc, and produced some quality pieces, some of which are shown above.

    Progress Packaging won a Creative Impact award from The Examiner Business Awards, which was a nice recognition for us, not only because of all of our hard work, but it was also a chance to be included in helping celebrate businesses local to us in the north. 2015 saw a huge office refurb here at the mill. Out with the old views and in with a new workspace that is bright, modern and more user friendly for everyone. Then there was the surprising return of a member of staff no one thought they’d see again after five years of living away. Some say she spent time on an island with Leonardo DiCaprio. Others say she’s been living the secret life of Batgirl. Who knows?

    But our year is almost finished with our offices closing on Wednesday 23rd December. As much as we’re looking forward to spending Christmas with our families, we’re also excited about diving into 2016 which will see a totally new rebrand here at Progress. Lots to look forward to!

    To all those who we have worked with over the last twelve months, thank you for continuing to choose Progress and for a brilliant 2015. We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and an even better new year. We’ll see you on the 4th January.

    Simon, Fran, Liam, Gill, Adele, Vicki and Darcy the dog.

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  9. Miller Harris

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    “Let your gift shine the brightest this season.” That’s what Miller Harris wanted to achieve with this piece of packaging when they asked us to help them produce some bespoke boxes for their STARS votive candles.

    Made from 1500micron black lined board, these boxes were covered on the outside with 4-colour process, matt laminated sheets, as well as being foil blocked two colours. A 1000micron black lined platform was also inserted to hold the three candles in place.

    Now the only question left to ask is… are you a rock star, a wild star or a super star?

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  10. Ginger Pig

    Ginger Pig

    While Simon was out and about in London this week, he stopped by at one of the Ginger Pig stores to take a look at the card tubes we produced for them. These were made as part of their Christmas gift range to house their embroided aprons (which you can link through to buy right here). These card tubes were made from recycled stock and finished off with a foil-blocked finish. Simple and classy works, and this piece of packaging for Ginger Pig is no exception. Their in-store display, which also includes their preserves and pickles, looks great.

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