Performance Awards 

These categories reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement.

Entrants must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership. To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2021 to 1 May 2022).

Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year

This category recognizes companies providing contract manufacturing, packing, fulfilment & logistics services in the UK who have delivered the best overall performance in the year under review.

Judges will be looking for evidence of strong financial performance, forward-thinking business strategy including meeting the demand for full end-to-end service, production excellence and top-quality customer support.

Note: judges will require financial results for the year under review to assess the company’s performance. Please note that these figures are used for judging purposes only and are treated as being strictly confidential; they are not for publication.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

The CSR Initiative award covers a wide range of projects within businesses, from small-scale to major schemes. For investment, entrants must also highlight what equipment was installed and by what manufacturer.

Please note: this category is intended to recognize company CSR projects and is not open to new packs. For new pack innovations with strong sustainability credentials, please see Resource Efficient Pack. Please also note that this category is not only open for environmental projects and strategies.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Design Team of the Year

We’re on the lookout for a design team that fully understands how designing for a circular economy will benefit the challenges facing the UK.

Open to both design agencies and in-house design teams based in the UK, this category rewards consistently outstanding creative output combined with commitment to addressing the sustainability challenges facing the packaging sector. Judges will consider the design output from a circular economy standpoint, how the team addressed sustainability in their design strategy in terms of a cradle to cradle thinking, clarity of brand communication and, most importantly, how the consumer was engaged in the process of returning the packaging to the recycling and reuse process.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Development Team of the Year

This category is open exclusively to packaging development teams at brands and retailers and is designed to reward the team that has shown consistent innovation and quality in the packaging that they specify. Judges will be looking for innovative and original structural and graphic design plus intelligent choices around materials. Entrants will be required to submit five packs that launched in the year under review and that best illustrate their work.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Entrepreneurial Business of the Year

Like the flagship Packaging Company category, this award recognises smaller packaging suppliers that have combined outstanding financial, business and production performance. To win you need to submit a summary highlighting the company’s performance and key developments during the year. The winning entry needs to demonstrate that it is showing flair and imagination in its market – it needs to show that it’s punching above its weight.

To qualify, entrants must have had an annual turnover of less than £70m during the year under review and must provide the company’s full report and accounts.

Note: judges will require financial results for the year under review to assess the company’s performance. Please note that these figures are used for judging purposes only and are treated as being strictly confidential; they are not for publication.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Investment Project of the Year

This award will honor the investment or installation project which has had the greatest impact on a company or the wider market. entrants must highlight how the project changed their business / market in which it operates and evidence of ROI. For investment, entrants must also include what equipment was installed, including names of manufacturers

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Unlike the other awards, the winner is chosen by the Packaging News editorial team, who will take into consideration achievements across a career or outstanding achievements. This award is free to enter.

Note: If you would like to nominate someone for this category, please email phil.chadwick@emap.com


This category is now closed

Packaging Company of the Year

The ultimate accolade in the packaging industry recognises the packaging manufacturer that has best combined outstanding financial, business and production performance over the year under review.

Entry for this year’s category requires a summary highlighting the company's performance and key developments during the year, along with the submission of supporting evidence such as letters of commendation from customers or sample work.

Note: judges will require financial results for the year under review to assess the company’s performance.Please note that these figures are used for judging purposes only and are treated as being strictly confidential; they are not for publication.

£ 168.00 +VAT (20%)

Rising Star Award

Packaging is a hotbed of emerging talent, be it in manufacturing, technology, design or any of the other areas that form the packaging supply chain.

This award recognises individuals in the first five years of their professional lives who, whatever they do, are making a real difference to the company they work for. Businesses are invited to nominate people within their own company or in companies they deal with.