Meet Sharon, our new Finance Manager
A warm welcome to Sharon Ward, our new Finance Manager who has recently joined the team here at Belmont.
What were your first impressions of Belmont Packaging?
Sharon told us she was really impressed when she was given a tour of Belmont Packaging by Gareth Rollo the Commercial Manager. She added that the whole site was very clean and organised well. Sharon then met Kate Hulley, the business owner, and said she was taken back by her strong work ethic and vision for the future of the company.
Sharon said she was inspired by Kate and the passion she could tell the whole company had.
How do you like to spend your free time?
If Sharon isn’t working and completing her daily tasks as a Finance Manager, you will find her outside walking with her German Shepard Nico.
Sharon is a keen outdoorsy and active person, who likes to keep fit and healthy. Sharon enjoys regular organised walks with friends, followed by a refreshing drink at the pub afterward.
What change will customers notice most now you joined the team?
Sharon has already got big ambitions to make her mark at the company, she adds “ My first aim is to get settled into the company and then start to look at areas within the Finance system that I can make improvements on. I have also started a list of special projects that I want to instigate where I feel we can grow the business especially in the area of Boxed-Up, our E-commerce sector"
Sharon's arrival will aid in further uniting all departments across Belmont, as previously the finance function at Belmont Packaging was done remotely.
We can now offer an internal and external point of contact for our customers, which will speed up response time and decision making.
Operating our finance department in-house will allow us to dive deeper into the finance team's role and benefit the business growth with clear financial predictions for investments such as new machinery and new innovative ways of packaging for our e-commerce business Boxed-Up.
We asked Sharon which part of the business does she feel has the most potential?
Sharon claimed that “The E-commerce area of the business has great growth potential, and the recent new machinery investment in the taping machine will allow Belmont and Boxed-Up to offer new packaging capabilities to their customers”
We are always looking to improve our business process, so we can innovate new packaging technology and ideas to meet customer demand.
The capabilities of this machine will allow a tear strip and up to two strips of double-sided tape to packaging, which gives us a greater offering to our customer base-we are very excited about the capabilities of this machine.
As you are probably aware Belmont Packaging is FSC accredited which means we source our material responsibility from sustainable forests.
The cardboard we use in our manufacturing is a minimum of 75% recycled and it is 100% recyclable after we have used it.
Being a flexographic print company means we can offer a great cost-effective way of printing and advertising.
Sharon added “ Even all the inks are all water-based, so it is very sustainable and not harmful to the environment. As time goes on plastic packaging will become less popular especially with the introduction of plastic packaging tax coming in 2022. This will be an opportunity for Belmont to come into its own with packaging solutions for our existing customers and new ones going forward”.
We asked Sharon to share one interesting fact about herself - we were blown away by her response!
Sharon proudly told us “ I was actually in a film!” Sharon was an extra in the film Best (2000) a film dedicated to the life of the iconic George Best.
Sharon played the role of a barmaid in the pub and got to meet Patsy Kensit and Jerome Flynn who played Sir Bobby Charlton.
We are very proud to welcome Sharon into the Belmont Packaging team and we all look forward to working with her.