Brexit - Possible "No Deal" implications -

We are sure we all hold our own opinions on both "Brexit" and what may happen after 29th March, however, the possibility of a "No Deal" / "Hard Brexit" outcome is looking more likely, as this gets closer we are being advised of the possible impacts on our raw materials.

We are holding more raw material than ever, up by around 25%, as are our suppliers, who are also reviewing their transport options / routes, but they are now stating that "we encourage you to enter your orders before early March", "Delays may occur in Customs clearance procedures resulting in longer supply lead-times.." 
With this in mind we will be reviewing further our stock, with the possibility of holding more.

Of more concern, is the cost implication and how this may be passed on. In the event of a "Hard Brexit", trade could continue under World Trade Organisation terms, this may see tariffs, import fees and brokers fees, the exact fees and costs still unclear.
Even more unclear is how these costs would be charged, by their nature, these would/may occur after order/dispatch and it is likely the extra charges "would be charged through a surcharge in a separate monthly invoice".

So, it is possible, that we too would need to be passing on such an invoice once we had had the costs through.
All the more work for us, as one order of raw material may cover several jobs and customers and so we would need to allocate a % of our "surcharge invoice" according!

The latest correspondence ends -
Whilst we have diligently reviewed our processes and the potential impacts of a “No Deal” Brexit, it is not possible for us to anticipate all possible consequences of this scenario or their duration and their potential impacts on supplies to our customers. Please be assured, however, that we are striving to minimise all potential disruptions wherever possible.
We would echo this.

The above is for your information, and we will need to gain further detail from our suppliers, once they are in a position to offer such. So while we cannot state what the costs are likely to be, we can only advise that in the event of a "No Deal" / "Hard Brexit", cost may be affected, and while we do not want to cause any panic, we do need to keep you advised of what may be ahead.

As we do get further details, we will do our best to keep you advised.      

There has been, and rightly so, much in the news recently regarding food labeling, particularly regarding allergens. We have staff here who could be affected by poor information in this area and so can understand why the issues are causing concern. We also ask ourselves, "what can we do?", "could we do more?" The unfortunate reality here is that we can do little, we can advise when a barcode is too small to print/read, give out thoughts on design, font size and readability, but advising what needs to go on a particular label, that is much more difficult.

We have had "start ups" in the food and beverage sector who have expected that has we already produce, say a  "chicken salad" sandwich label for their competitor, then we know what ingredients to put on their label, this could not be further from the truth. What butter, what salad dressing, could all change the information required, and so it is down to the customer to ensure that the information is correct. We can do our best to point people in the right direction, but for us to be fully knowledgeable on the latest information on food declaration, alongside what needs to be listed on chemicals, shampoo, electrical products etc..... would just not be possible.

There are plenty of useful websites to look at - a good starting point is here  https://www.gov.uk/food-labelling-and-packaging

Should you have any questions on your food labeling, what detail you need to have printed on chemicals or the information to be listed on cosmetics, then do give us a call - 01530 515170 - and we will do our best to either advise or point you in the right direction. 

 

              

We start 2019 receiving a prize - Cutter supplier Kocher and Beck embraced the Elf on the Shelf idea and sent out a small army of Santa`s helpers, inviting customers to send in photos of what the Elf got up to. We were very happy to be picked by the Kocher & Beck Elves as the best entry! - Pictured is Chris from Kocher & Beck presenting Simon with the well received prize.   

We have started 2019 just as busy as we finished 2018, not helped by the number of customers who seemingly have run out of labels. We had a situation last week where a "trade" customers customer was about to run out, meaning that no goods would be sent out from their warehouse, this was not just any warehouse, but a high profile High Street name..... luckily we were able to assist! We do apologise to those customers who did place their orders in good time, but who`s orders are now running late, we are catching up.  

 

2018 -

As for many, the year started with a healthy January, however this was followed by several Months of lower than predicted sales for us, but as we reach the end of the year, the picture is a lot brighter. We will have exceeded our Sales for both 2016 and 2017, while we will have reached "budget" figures for each of the last six Months of the year, and are already carrying a good order intake over to January and February. 

We will have produced just short of 500,000,000 labels, spread over 5,200 orders for 320 customers! We also produced the largest order in our 35 years, one job at 223,300 liner mts, our average job is around 20,000mts! We also sent out around 6,500 quotes. 

During 2018 we said several "goodbyes" and "hellos", Mikey, Karen, Pip and Chloe all moved on to new ventures, while we welcomed Andy, Steve and Rachel to Secura.

We look now to 2019, and if the past few Months and forward order intake is anything to go by, then the year looks to be following on from the end of 2018, and so we again look forward to being busy! We have some price increases from our raw material suppliers on the horizon, while the uncertainty regarding "Brexit" seems to be never far from some customers thoughts. We will be looking to increase our "stock" in the run up to 29th March and will advise our plans should a "no deal" option look likely.   

So, to you all, Customers, Suppliers, Staff and our Board, we wish you a restful Christmas break and a successful New Year!

 

  

News of our latest investment, and largest to date, has recently appeared in the label industry publications. The Focus Proflex 13", 6 Colour, full "UV" press joins our other two Focus Proflex presses, our two Nilpeters, Bar-Graphic "blanks" press, Trojan Inkjet press, Newfoil "hot-foil" press along with a host of finishing equipment - sheeter unit, fan-folder, turret rewinders etc........

See the Labels and Labeling article here and the FlexoTech one here 

Pictured is founder of Secura Labels, David Webster, who founded the Company some 35 years ago, just a stones throw from the current factory site.

It completes a round of capital investments totaling in excess of £350,000.00 in 18 Months. To find out how these investments can help you please contact us - 01530 515170  

A massive congratulations to Tipple Tails on winning the Producers and Makers award at the White Rose Awards 2018. We would like to think our labels helped a little, but am sure its all down to the baking, just as well as the award was presented by Bake Off Runner Up KimJoy!  

We will be closing for the Christmas Holidays on the 21st December at 12.00pm, and we will re-open at 8.00am on the 2nd January 2019. 

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