About us

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We take the pain out of packaging.

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Finding the right packaging for your product can be a minefield but with us, it doesn’t have to be.  

 The Colton family have been helping customers to take control of their packaging process for over 150 years, so we know what it takes to keep your business moving. Using our expertise, we tailor a packaging supply and management solution that suits your business, so you can tick packaging off your to-do list.  



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Let’s take you back.

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Colton legacy begins in Rearsby. Our ancestors were flax dressers by trade.


William Colton took over his aunt’s retail rope and sack business.


William’s first offices were built in Belgrave Gate, Leicester.


Ropewalk and town houses built in Crafton Street, Leicester.


Upon William’s death, Caroline Colton took over the running of the business.


Caroline’s sons William, Edmund and youngest son John became partners.


World War II saw the cessation of twine manufacturing.


Having ceased manufacturing, the business had evolved into a distributorship selling wrapping papers, parcelling twines and pattern papers, mainly to the textile industry. Corrugated boxes were added


Grandson John Colton, a civil engineer, oversaw the business following his father John’s retirement.


The company began to manufacture corrugated boxes. Great grandson Jonathan Colton became managing partner.


Acquisition of Teesside branch from Contact Packaging


Great, great grand-daughter, Laura Colton, joins the business.


The partnership and Teesside company merge on 1st January.


A new warehouse is purchased at Thornaby for the Teesside branch.


Teesside branch is sold to focus on East Midlands operations. Case & Container Supply Company Limited. is acquired.


Laura’s husband Duncan joins the business.


Colton Packaging refurbishes and moves into a 55,000 square foot warehouse in Loughborough. Laura Colton becomes Managing Director following the semi-retirement of her father, Jonathan.

Get to know the process

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Step One – Consult

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Upon your initial enquiry, we’ll sit down together and discuss how we can fulfil your needs, listening to your pain points to come up with a solution that protects your product and looks good whilst doing it.


Step Two – Design

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Box design forms a vital part of our business because 97% of our products are made bespoke. Once we have agreed on a style, we then need to understand how the package will be handled to determine which board grade to use. We have CAD facilities in house to enable us to design and supply samples for approval.


Step Three – Manufacture

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Once a box has been designed and board grade specified, we oversee the manufacture of your order to ensure production is on time and fulfilled without quality issues.


Step Four – Stock and Serve

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We can stock your bespoke packaging in bulk which means you call-off smaller quantities of product on a ‘just-in-time’ basis to suit your production and packing schedule. We will replenish the stock when it reaches an agreed threshold to ensure continuity of supply.

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At Colton Packaging, we understand many businesses are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. Choosing a recyclable material for your packaging, such as corrugated, can help your business meet environmental targets.

We’re also taking steps within our own operations to increase the use of sustainable materials and reduce our carbon footprint.

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