“Establishing opportunities for women and younger generations is essential for the packaging industry’s expansion and for companies to capitalise on the growth of emerging markets,” said Women In PackagingUK (WIP UK) Co-Founder, Debbie Waldron Hoines, as part of a gender diversity focused panel debate on day one of Easyfairs Packaging Innovations.
The debate, chaired by Joanna Stephenson, Co Founder of WIP UK at the Industry Forum Stage, saw panellists debate strategies to promote gender diversity and youth engagement across the scientific, technical and manufacturing sectors of the UK packaging industry.
Panellists included Stephen Shortland, Managing Director of New Vision Packaging, Emma Wise, Sales and Marketing Manager at RPC and Sarah Harriman, Marketing and Communications Manager at Pulse Roll Label Products.
Debbiecontinued: “While debate has brought concerns of gender equality firmly into the industry spotlight, it’s necessary that we acknowledgethe importance of packaging-focusedcareer pathsin combattingthe industry’s growing skills gap for both men and women. We hope that our discussions will encourage companies across the print and packaging sectors to contend this current issue and prepare their businesses to embrace a more diverse future.”
Following the panel debate, WIP UK hosted a networking event at the Highline Bar, Resorts world, Birmingham NEC, where Nick Mockett, a corporate finance expert at Moorgate Capital with a specialist interest in packaging businesses, spoke about the changing landscape of the industry in terms of how it has been viewed by investors over time and the impact of M&A activity.
Established in 2014, Women In Packaging UK supports and encourages female employees in roles across all material substrates, process and packaging applications, and across the supply chain from designer to retailer within the packaging industry.
Businesses interested in sponsorship and individuals wishing to get involved can find out more information by visiting www.womeninpackaging.co.uk