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First Choice Labels
First Choice Labels is a Yorkshire-based business which prints labels for clients across the UK – without knowing it, you’ve probably seen them on your supermarket shopping or your post. We discover more about this under-the-radar producer

First of all, could you tell us a bit about First Choice Labels?
First Choice Labels are a self-adhesive label manufacture based in North East Yorkshire. Operating from a 14,000 square foot, purpose-built factory, we manufactured over 400 million labels in 2018. Our label manufacturing capabilities allow us to produce high image quality and colour consistency, every time.

Where are you based? Why did you choose to build the business here? 
Our business is based in Redcar, Cleveland. We chose this location as it’s part of our heritage. We’re passionate about the area and supporting our local community; whether it’s employing local people, supporting local causes or hiring local independent organisations within the supply chain. With that said, our location is a prime spot for transportation links as our factory has fantastic road and rail transport links, connecting us to the rest of the UK, Europe, and the World.

Who do you make your labels for?
We make labels for a wide variety of organisations – in fact our customers vary from local eateries and artisan food makers through to global companies such as Jaguar and Mercedes. We also work with organisations such as the NHS, Ministry of Defence and all of the national supermarket chains.

Where might we see your labels being used?
Oddly enough, you probably come across a label we have produced on a daily basis, whether it’s from visiting your local supermarket or receiving parcels in the post.

What makes your business unique?
We don’t solely rely on our machinery. We employ a strong skilled workforce who not only operate the printing presses, but also carry out a significant number of quality control checks, ensuring that the labels we produce are to the highest standard. Our continued growth and development is a result of everyone within the organisation embracing our core values.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and the excellent reputation we have developed over the years. We have a large number of long-term customers, some of whom have been customers of ours since we started out 17 years ago. 

What can customers expect?
With a reputation built on quality and craftsmanship, we are able to guide customers through the process of the best materials, adhesives, and printing techniques to use. We can produce either plain or printed labels, in up to eight colours, and supplied on either rolls or sheets – whether a customer is looking for 500 labels or five million, we are able to help. 

Do you also provide the hardware for making labels?
Yes, we do. We can also supply label printers and printing software, as well as consumables such as printer ribbons. In addition to supplying printers, we are also able to set up or install label printers to any desired location. 

What was it like to welcome BBC Look North into your factory earlier this year?
It was a brilliant experience for the whole team. Not only were we able to showcase our skillset and the work we do (which we are extremely proud of) but it also helped us raise awareness of the impact of Brexit on organisations at all levels. 

Do you think your Yorkshire roots give your business an edge at all?
Yes, Yorkshire businesses take a lot of pride in the work they produce, whilst keeping the customer at the heart of everything they do. This is something that First Choice Labels continues to embrace. 

Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline?
It’s no surprise that in order to evolve and meet the growing demands of the business, we now employ 22 permanent members of staff. It has also been necessary for us to carry out internal building work, with the production of a two-story office block within the factory unit to accommodate our continued growth. We are investing in additional printing machinery and are looking to increase our work force with the addition of five members of staff. 

Unit 4, Malmo Court, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 5SQ
01642 474230 www.firstchoicelabels.co.uk. 

Published in: July 2019

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