UK’s Paper-based Industries Celebrate Successes at the Paper Industry Gold Awards

11 May 2022

On Wednesday 11th May representatives of the UK’s Paper-based Industries gathered on the House of Lords Terrace for the first ever Paper Industry Gold Awards.   The awards were organised by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) in partnership with the Paper Gold Medal Association.

Well over 100 people attended the Paper Industry Gold Awards 2022 from across industry, as well as key political stakeholders, to celebrate the achievements of the industry and recognise the exceptional work of individuals and companies within it. The awards culminated in the presentation of the Paper Gold Medal which is a lifetime achievement award for service above and beyond the norm in the UK’s Paper-based Industries. 

There were over 40 entries across the seven categories: The Recycling Award; The Net Zero Award; The Sustainable Innovation Award; The Skills Award; The Community Engagement Award; The Health and Safety Award, and The Paper Gold Medal. The judging panel were most impressed with the wide selection of outstanding applications. 

CPI Director General, Andrew Large said: 

“CPI is delighted to have held the first ever Paper Industry Gold Awards at the House of Lords in partnership with the Paper Gold Medal Association. After years in lockdown it was good to meet with so many representatives of the Paper-based Industries face to face in an iconic location. 

The Paper Industry Gold Awards showcased excellence within the industry.  The awards were an opportunity to reflect upon the many achievements of the industry in recent years and the essential role that the industry has to play in the UK economy. 

The awards demonstrate the work being done to innovate and ensure a sustainable future for the industry, protecting and creating jobs in the UK. Further to this they show the role that businesses in the sector play in their communities.

Thank you to all those who entered the awards – there was a wide range of impressive entries, and it was difficult to choose the winners due to the high quality of applications. The UK’s Paper-based Industries have much to be proud of and it was great to have the opportunity to celebrate this.” 

The list of winners in each category are listed below: 

Paper Gold Medallists 
John Swift 
Geof Nuttall

Community Engagement Award       
Winner - The Cardboard Box Company 
Highly Commended – James Cropper PLC

Recycling Award                                       
Winner- DS Smith Recycling 
Highly Commended - Essity UK Ltd

Sustainable Innovation Award               
Joint Winner - Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook
Joint Winner - CorrBoard UK Ltd  

Net Zero Award                                    
Winner – Kimberly-Clark Ltd,
Highly Commended - Impress Print Services Ltd

Health and Safety Award             
Winner- Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK Ltd 
Highly Commended - Logson Group 

Skills Award                                        
Winner- Palm Paper Ltd 
Highly Commended – Saica Paper UK Ltd


Contact for further information
Holly Whitbread | [email protected] | 01793 889612

Notes to Editors
CPI is the leading trade association representing the UK’s Paper-based Industries, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers, and collectors of paper for recycling.

CPI represents an industry with an aggregate annual turnover of £12 billion, with 56,000 direct and a further 93,000 indirect employees.

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