Mockridge Labels & Nameplates

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Mockridge Labels & Nameplates'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 Mockridge Labels & Nameplates 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
ThomasMichael Mockridge
Cluster of labels
Based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, Mockridge
are a manufacturer of labels and nameplates in a wide range
of different metals and plastics which are seen on everyday
consumer items. Where these labels can be found ranges from
an aluminium rating plate on a simple electric motor to a stainless
steel or plastic nameplate on a piece of kitchenware or hospital
equipment, all the way through to prestigious nameplates
for motor vehicles, railway trains and aircraft. Discussing the
company in greater detail, as well as the challenges they face,
is the company’s Managing Director, Mike Mockridge, who has
been at the fore of this industry for many years.
What we produce
In the UK, the term “label” can be equally applied to everything from a paper label
on a bottle of shampoo to a domed nameplate on an expensive motor vehicle, or
even on a touch panel on a piece of expensive hospital equipment. In the USA,
however, the term “nameplate” is used to distinguish between normal labels,
prestige identification and decorative identity badges, as well as plaques in metals
and plastics seen on expensive pieces of capital equipment. We do a lot of business
in the USA from our office in Tampa, Florida, and it is for this reason we added the
word “Nameplates” into our company name some years ago.
We produce a wide range of tailored identification products, such as plastic and
metal labels and decals, nameplates and data plates, panel fronts and overlays, and
polyurethane domed identification badges, among others.
»Managing Director:
ThomasMichael Mockridge
»Based in Ashton-under-Lyne,
Greater Manchester
»Founded in 1966
»Services: Manufacture
of bespoke labels and
nameplates in metals and
»No. of employees: 50
»Very high retention rate
»High Google ranking
Mockridge Labels &
Nameplates Ltd
Highlighting best practice
We employ a wide range of processes
including anodised aluminium,
chemically etched brass or stainless
steel, screen printed, digitally
printed, sub-surface labels and
switch panels, polyurethane domed
badges, and decals. It is for this
reason we are frequently called upon
to make products for other label
and nameplate companies who lack
our capabilities and processes and
therefore opt to have us produce
such items for their customers on a
subcontract basis.
We particularly excel in the making of
domed labels (including the illustrated
Lotus, TVR, mini domed labels and
others), and we are the only label
company in the UK who manufacture
the liquid polyurethane used in this
process. This product is something we
then sell to other label companies all
over the world. It’s as a result of this
that I employed industrial chemists and
have invested heavily in the necessary
plant and equipment to carry out
the manufacturing of “water clear”
doming grade polyurethane to the
quality we require – something we
could not find elsewhere.
What sets us apart
In addition to our expertise, what sets
us apart is the history of our company:
I’ve been running this company for
over half of a century, in which time
we have worked on many interesting
projects and have accumulated
enormous experience in the process.
What also distinguishes us from many
of our competitors is the breadth of
processes and products we have on
offer. This is useful for subcontract
work and is especially valued when –
as is often the case – a company is in
a rush to complete a project. This rush
is often caused by the fact that, in the
course of a product’s creation, labels
tend to be an afterthought, something
often assumed to be easily procured.
It’s therefore a breath of relief when a
company like ours is at hand because
we will help with all stages of this
What’s more, we can do this in a time
frame that many of our competitors
cannot, which is especially appreciated
for those manufacturers who left
it until too late. The extent of our
success in providing ease and quality
of service is reflected in how much
of our business is repeat or via
recommendation. It’s also reflected in
Mockridge being on the first page of
Google when searching for our line
Distinctive, too, is the fact that I am
the only European to be appointed
as chairman of the Speciality Graphic
Imaging Association, based in the
USA – which testifies to our being at
the fore of all developments within
Light box (top), etching
(middle) and digital
We are
called upon to
make products
for other label
and nameplate
who lack our
and processes
Difficulties along the way
The long history of our business means
that, although we have a wealth of
experience in all areas, we’ve also
had to adapt to the always changing
circumstances of the modern economy
– not least of which being the digital
revolution. Digital methods of label
production have required from us a great
deal of investment in new equipment
and equally required that we update
our skills and expertise accordingly.
Although this is a disadvantage
in one sense, digital methods are
vastly superior in terms of the speed,
efficiency and quality of theresults.
Politically speaking, much is said about
Brexit being potentially harmful to UK
businesses trading with the world,
with some even saying, “We are all
doomed.” Speaking personally, I do
not share these fears. We have been
exporting to customers all over the
world for a long time, most of which
has taken place outside of EU channels
of bureaucracy; indeed, I actually
prefer trading along the lines of the
World Trade Organization, as EU
bureaucracy is far more burdensome
than its alternative.
Much of the fear about Brexit, I
believe, comes from politicians
who have never exported a thing
in their lives – and it’s on this basis
of ignorance that they believe UK
businesses will suffer calamitously from
leaving the European Union. To make a
historical comparison, it’s worth noting
how damaging it might have been for
us to not join the euro currency – we
now know that this was not true.
What the future holds for us
Based on current figures, we have every
reason to expect yet more growth
– and, with this, more employees.
Every few months over the last year
we have added additional employees,
and we expect this trend to continue.
Ultimately, it’s because of our
adaptability and our solid foundation
of skills and experience that we can
continue to expand like this. As far as
we’re concerned, we have little other
than positive projections for thefuture.
Based on
current figures,
we have every
reason to expect
yet more
Anodising (top left),
screen print (top right),
doming (middle), and
amada (bottom)

This article was sponsored by Mockridge Labels & Nameplates. 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 Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy