A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by CLC UK's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from CLC UK is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Managing Director PaulSimmons
Focus E-Flex printing press
In 1987, current Managing Director Paul Simmons acquired
a small printing business called Charnwood Label Craft.
Starting with basic printing equipment and a modest turnover
of £20,000, he upgraded a two-colour printing machine to a
four-colour printing machine using his technical expertise. They
began producing labels on a small core and quickly became
the only organisation able to print this specialised type of
label. Following this success, he expanded the team, began
offering increasingly complex printing solutions and in 2001,
changed the name to CLC UK Ltd. Paul tells
The Parliamentary
CLC is a friendly, customer-orientated business specialising in narrow web printing.
Having a strong work ethic and attention to detail, we have established ourselves
as one of the leading suppliers to the parking and security industry. We offer
bespoke labelling, ticketing, rolls, sheeted printing and in addition RFID and Smart
Label printing solutions.
Our competitive edge
I work alongside our sales executive, Sarah, providing a personalised service. With
a combined experience of over 50 years we provide no-obligation quotations and
are prepared to supply all the assistance you need to achieve your project. Whether
providing technical advice or dealing with your complicated printing requirements,
as a company, we aim to provide excellence from inception to the successful
»Managing Director:
»Founded in 1984
»Based in Loughborough,
»Services: Printer of labels,
tickets and rolls
»No. of employees: 13
»Suppliers to the parking and
security industry
»Purchased as Charnwood
Label Craft in 1987
Clc Uk
Highlighting best practice
completion of a project. We boast a
dedicated artwork studio run by Dawn,
who has over 35 years’ experience in
the reprographics industry.
Whether you have a full design
specification or only a rough idea, we
work with you every step of the way
through the design process. From
new design concepts through to
amendments, a strict quality procedure
is adhered to, ensuring a first-class
service and product. The combination
of exceptional customer service and
attention to detail has given us the
edge in supplying more tailored
labelling solutions than perhaps our
larger rivals can provide.
The production process involves our
team of multiskilled printing and
finishing operatives. We have three
large printing presses, which will
cover most of our customers’ printing
requirements. Our finishing operatives
make sure the products are finished
exactly to the customers’ requirements.
These can be very specific, but we are
always willing to have a go. Our waste
is fully recycled, and we possess the
Zero Labels to Landfill accreditation.
We also have a policy of promoting
from within, which has resulted in
half of our staff having been with the
company for over 18 years. High staff
retention adds to our commitment to
supply quality products and enables
us to achieve our high standards of
customer service. The company’s
turnover this year is projected to
surpass all previous years, with our
staff working hard to ensure the
company will be able to withstand the
ups and downs of an unpredictable
Investing in the future
In 2014, we purchased an e-FLEX
330 Flexo Press from Focus Label
Machinery. The decision to invest was
taken, in order to facilitate greater
efficiency for existing product lines,
especially the growing market in
RFID and NFC technology. The e-Flex
platform provides the possibility for
stepped specification levels, but it has
built-in essentials, such as high-speed
job changes, automated set-ups and
increased efficiency in all aspects
of design and operation. The open
architecture design of the print stations
enables easy loading of ink cartridges
and print cylinders, allowing our
operators to maintain uninterrupted
production. The modular design
will allow us to add further optional
equipment if required in the future.
Charnwood Brewery
labels on the product
involves our
team of
printing and
Our challenges
The recession in 2008 forced us to
become more efficient. We realised
that every purchase needed to be
scrutinised, and we have now dealt
with some significant increases
as a direct result of the 2016 EU
referendum. We order paper from a
European supplier who was invoicing
in UK pounds, but who is now
invoicing in euros, so we also have
to deal with a fluctuating currency.
Keeping fully stocked requires
meticulous planning by our production
manager and forward buying of paper
due to Brexit uncertainty.
A flood in December 2012 saw us
knee deep in water, leaving us with
one working computer. We carried on
production, though one of our presses
was scrapped. We installed flood
defences, which are a surprisingly
inexpensive and effective insurance
policy for the future.
Innovation in label design
We were approached by Bev
Fawdington of Uvamed to supply a
label for their tamper-evident rainbow
trays, which are supplied to pharmacies
and hospitals. The trays provide secure,
auditable storage for all controlled
drugs while in transit between secure
locations. They are easily accessed but
the security features make the product
safe and secure. Bev explains:
“When we were developing the new
tamper-evident version of the rainbow
trays, we needed to incorporate a
number of features into a securing
label that were not available through
mainstream label printers. The
challenge was to make our trays both
secure from tampering and accessible
in an emergency. This functionality
required that the label became a
product in itself.
“Paul worked with us from the initial
concept to add value to our product
while understanding the challenges
of the end users. Our unique label
has evolved into a product that is fit
for purpose and adds value to the
specialism for which it was designed.”
Finally, I recently visited the Elephant
Watch Camp in Samburu, Kenya and
was bowled over by the efforts of
Saba Douglas-Hamilton and her family
in the conservation of the elephant
population. I have pledged to make a
donation and encourage anyone to do
so for such an important cause.
High staff
retention adds
to our
to supply
products and
enables us to
achieve high
standards of
The Uvamed Rainbow

This article was sponsored by CLC UK. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster