Plastic cutlery ban in England from 1 October

Plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene will be banned in England from 1 October 2023. We take a closer look at the rules.

Running a Business

What is Extended Producer Responsibility?

Extended Producer Responsibility puts the responsibility for recycling packaging materials back onto the manufacturer or importer. It will come into effect this year and cost UK businesses an additional £1.4bn in compliance fees

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The importance of custom and sustainable packaging when growing your brand

Packaging is more than just a pretty face. It’s a brand-builder that sends would be customers clear signals about the things your business stands for. Ambitious brands must get it right or risk being outpaced by the competition

Legal advice

Plastic Packaging Tax – what does it mean for my small business?

From April 2022, businesses will be liable to pay Plastic Packaging Tax. We explore what it is and whether it will affect you


The most appealing part of a product’s packaging revealed

What matters most about packaging? According to new research, colour and imagery are the most appealing to consumers.


Five benefits of printed cartons for packaging

Printed packaging is an effective way to communicate the appearance, quality and other qualities of a product. Sometimes, print design also helps establish the personality of the product and the brand.

Export & Import

How to choose the right plastic containers for your product

It pays to take a little time and plan what type of packaging will be best suited for your product. Here are a few things to consider.

Business management

How does your business boost sales with sustainable packaging?

Here, we discuss the benefits of moving to sustainable packaging, and outline some practical ways for you to embrace the green revolution.


Choosing the right product packaging and labelling

Here's how good presentation of your product can be a marketing tool as of itself.

Export & Import

How to get your packaging right for distribution

James Hardy of Alibaba.com reveals what you need to know before packaging your product in preparation for shipping.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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