Funding helps create jobs
McLaren invests £3m in Blue Box Design facility
New facility will allow for expansion
McLaren Packaging has invested £3 million in a new facility in Stirling for subsidiary Blue Box Design, a designer and manufacturer of presentation boxes for the luxury food and drink sector.
The 20,000 sq ft manufacturing, design and testing centre is being built on a greenfield site at Broadleys Business Park and is scheduled for completion in April 2018.
The investment, which has received Regional Selective Assistance through Scottish Enterprise, will create 18 jobs over four years.
Blue Box Design, which operates from 8,000 sq ft premises in Stirling, was acquired by McLaren Packaging in 2013 and now employs 30 staff with annual revenues of £1.4m.
Blue Box Design managing director Duncan Robertson, said: “This new facility will greatly improve ‘speed to market’ for our customers by reducing the packaging development cycle time from concept to delivery, thereby delivering production efficiencies and cost savings.
“It will expand our production capacity significantly, enable us to retain highly skilled staff and create new skilled jobs in Central Scotland for young people through the creation of a design and new product development centre of excellence for the luxury packaging sector.
“We see tremendous long-term value in a facility centrally-located within Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, close to the major operations of the whisky and food industries.”
Donald McLaren, managing director, McLaren Packaging, said: “Our overall aim is to increase McLaren Packaging’s turnover to £20 million by 2020 and this facility will make a strong contribution to achieving that goal.”