a guide to what our team needs in order to provide a quotation for your project...

In order for our team to provide an accurate quotation for your packaging, we require information from your brand.

Below is a general guide to what we need. Without the below information we are unable to quote for your project. 

Stage 1. Quotation 
Below is an example of the core information that we need to quote.
The more detail you can provide, the more accurate and competitive our costs can be. 

  • Product Type - Carrier Bag? Box? Mailing Box? Tube? Jewellery Box? Pouch? 
  • Dimensions - We need to know dimensions for each product (width x height x length)
  • Material - Basic material spec such as paper, wood, plastic, fabric
  • Print - What is the print spec? How many colours? Foiling? 
  • Qty - Our minimum order qty is typically 5000 units or £15,000 - As much as we would like to support smaller growing brands, we cannot cover our costs on small projects. This is because of the time it takes our team to develop, test, manufacture and distribute your product. If there is potential for the qty to increase rapidly in the future, we do on occasion, make exceptions to this rule.   

Packaging Design Brief
< If you don't know this information, we offer a consultancy service for £250+ VAT which involves one of our experts creating a design document together (see example left and below) which outlines the key information and helps for stage 2. 


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Stage 2. Artwork
Once you approve our quotation, we will send over a sample confirmation which outlines any costs of sampling. We will create cutter guides for the artwork and can either supply these to your designers or you can supply us with your design and we will place the artwork. See example below. 

  • Artwork outlines the layout of the print and any specialist print applications
  • Artwork needs to be checked carefully by the client
  • If you have products that need to go inside the packaging we require a minimum of 2 copies so we can make sure the items fit inside the packaging. 

Artwork for Packaging


Stage 3. White Samples / Digitally Printed Samples
Once the artwork is approved, we will create a set of white samples or digitally printed samples. This gives you the opportunity to check the size, structure and overall look and feel including the design layout. It is not for checking print quality and finish.

This is an important stage as white samples and digitally printed samples are quick and cost effective to produce since we produce them in our dedicated sampling studio.

Pre-Production samples (Stage 4) take much longer to produce as we make them on the final machines which involves a lot of machine down time and material wastage in setting up the machines. 

Stage 4. Pre-Production Samples
We take yours comments from the artwork and the digital samples, we buy the final materials and we produce a final sample as if it were mass production. Whilst its expensive (we have to make die cutting plates and dies), takes a considerable amount of time (as we have to let inks and glues dry), it is the best way to test the final design.

Final Samples

Stage 5. Mass Production
Once the pre-production samples are signed off, production will start on your items. During the production, depending on the complexity of the job, we will send you an advance copy of your packaging for feedback. This means we have printed all the materials but have not yet assembled them. This allows you to check the final product against the pre-production sample in case a) there were any last minute changes and b) there is some material tolerances.

Once the production is complete, final file copies are sent for your approval before we load into one of our containers that are leaving on a twice weekly basis to one of our DC's.