James Ross Consulting

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by James Ross Consulting'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 James Ross Consulting is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Director Duncan Tilley
Director Ross Collins
Established in 1993, James Ross Consulting International
is an experienced, global provider of specialist packaging
consulting and technical support solutions. Clients are
worldwide and cover many and varied industry sectors. The
business has around 30 staff and operates from offices in the
UK, the USA and Australia; to ensure a balance of local and
global knowledge and resources. Directors Ross Collins and
Duncan Tilley tell The Parliamentary Review more about the
business’s specialist skills and international expansion.
Our focus is on how our clients use packaging, in terms of how it is developed,
supplied, used and increasingly, disposed of. This process entails the analysis of
packing line efficiencies, distribution, logistics performance, cost, sustainability
impact and packaging structure. We have a hands-on management style that has
helped us to both secure and retain a client base covering many of the world’s
leading and most innovative companies. We have recruited our dedicated team
from across a spectrum of industries and specialisms, enabling us to provide a
wide range of capabilities, together with in-depth knowledge to our clients.
Over the past ten years we have developed our own internal programming
capabilities, which have increasingly become integral to our range of offerings.
This provides us with the ability to manipulate large data sources and has placed
the business in a unique position as specialists in the supply chain cost analysis
field. For example, our PackDevPro system has helped us deliver over $30 million
in cost savings to clients in just the past three years.
»Directors: RossCollins and
Duncan Tilley
»Established in 1993
»Based in Buckingham
»Services: Packaging
»No. of employees: 30
»Owns offices in the USA and
James Ross Consulting
Highlighting best practice
Our sustainability tracking software,
Greenshare, also allows us to
measure a client’s impact, in terms
of packaging waste, on each of
the markets they serve. If we can
expand these services, we can benefit
hundreds of new organisations across
the globe.
Operating in an evolving sector
The packaging sector is undergoing
something of a revolution at
this present time. The growth
in e-commerce has meant that
packaging must now survive as part
of a supply chain that is radically
different from the traditional store
or retail-based models. Sustainability
and the need to respond to concerns
around packaging waste generally,
and plastic in particular, are also
driving change across the spectrum.
In addition to these two global drivers,
we also have an evolving supply chain
model, with more push for local
production, especially in terms of
food, which is encouraging many of
our multinational clients to reassess
their supply chain operations and cost
The current volatility in China,
who, like India, recently banned
the import of waste materials, has
also created challenges for us and
the sector as a whole. The rise of
robotics and AI will create further
opportunities – particularly in linking
the packaging cycle, from design
optimisation through to production
automation and automated supply
models. Developing packaging that
can be delivered by drone may not be
the science fiction we once thought
it was. On top of these systemic
challenges, we also face the added
The UK office at Maids
Moreton House
The packaging
sector is
something of
a revolution at
this present
uncertainty that surrounds Brexit and
the UK’s trading future.
As an organisation, we are well
positioned to help our clients
address these challenges and we
are expanding our teams in North
America and Asia Pacific to help
build capacity. We are also looking
to broaden our consultancy skill base
by recruiting the next generation of
staff, to work alongside our senior
consultants. This will enable them
to gain experience working with
our clients and allow us to maintain
our growth and leadership in this
increasingly important global sector.
Expanding our reach and
Our clients also continue to evolve,
looking at the systems and structures
that best enable them to leverage
their capabilities, while ensuring they
have the agility to respond to local
market opportunities. Clients utilise
our resources to conduct comparative
analysis and benchmarking programs
across markets and regions globally.
Increasingly, we are being asked to
provide supplementary resources to
help validate and qualify potential
changes in packaging usage for the
Looking ahead, e-commerce will
become increasingly dominant as a
product delivery method. We also
hope to see the introduction of more
rigorous legislation with regards to
packaging waste and materials choice.
The recycling and waste recovery
structures that are currently in place
are simply not fit for purpose.
We support calls for the creation
of some form of subsidy scheme,
which will be needed if the industry
is to invest in the technologies
required for a properly functional
circular economy. The science and
engineering solutions needed to
recover plastics and most other
packaging materials are known, but
governments across the globe must
co-ordinate and invest in order to
allow their implementation on a far
wider scale.
As a business, we remain optimistic
about the future. The emergence
of new supply chain opportunities
and innovative ways of working
are offering huge opportunities for
current and new clients alike.
James Ross Consulting is at the
forefront of these changes, and
we will continue to help our clients
reduce their costs, reduce their
packaging footprint and improve
margins. We look forward to the next
25 years as we begin to offer these
services to a new and wider range of
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This article was sponsored by James Ross Consulting. 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