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British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association

Brief History of the Association

The British Contract Packers Association (BCPA), as it was initially known, was formed in 2000 with the aim of promoting companies providing contract packing services. It quickly grew to around 30 members, some of whom also offered manufacturing services, with the result that the Association was renamed the British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association. The BCMPA was co-located at Sysonby Lodge in Melton Mowbray with the Institute of Packaging.

In 2003 Rodney Steel was appointed Chief Executive and the Association moved to Old Amersham in Buckinghamshire.  The BCMPA started to attract members from a wide range of industry sectors which included food, drink, beauty, chemical, pharmaceutical and general gift packing.  

Early initiatives included the launch of the first BCMPA website, participation in exhibitions and establishing strong connections with the relevant trade press. With the aim of maintaining high standards, the Association conducted audit visits to all prospective members prior to them being accepted for membership.

Now with over 150 members, the BCMPA has continued to go from strength to strength and is respected throughout the UK and internationally for providing a valued resource for brand owners, retailers, manufacturers and e-commerce companies looking for professional outsourcing partners.

We look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2020.