Samuel Grant Packaging, the North’s largest packaging distributor, have been awarded the Queens Award for Innovation for 2018, in honour of the Samson Nano, a huge innovation in the pallet wrapping industry.

Since its launch in 2013, Samuel Grant Packaging’s Samson Nano has revolutionised the way in which pallet wrapping is both undertaken and charged for. Known particularly for its fixed price per wrapped pallet with no capex/servicing and maintenance costs, coupled with its inbuilt internet-linked reporting software, the Samson Nano provides the perfect pallet wrapping solution to suit all businesses.

The Samson Nano has positively impacted hundreds of businesses around the UK. The innovative pallet wrapping machine not only reduces maintenance costs, but it also helps to reduce unnecessary waste and CO2 emissions. One of the machine’s first clients, Taylor’s of Harrogate, showed an immense reduction in their CO2 emissions from using the machine in their first year alone.

Because the Samson Nano represents the best in modern machinery and is coupled with the high-performance Samson Nano stretchfilm, by using Samson Nano system Taylors continued to wrap the same number of pallets but reduced the film requirement from over four tonnes to less than one. This equates to a CO2 emission saving of nearly 10 tonnes.

As well as the ‘standard’ Samson Nano machine, the team at Samuel Grant Packaging are always looking for ways to improve their machines to offer the best possible service. The team have a highly proactive approach to new ideas and improvements which, coupled with their extensive expertise, allows solutions to be found for their customers’ problems. Samuel Grant Packaging have created machines that are suitable for forklifts to drive over it should there be a lack of space, as well as machines that are specifically designed to be used in cold stores.

All of the above are part of the ongoing customer service that Samson Nano clients receive, and all solutions are provided with no capex, servicing or maintenance costs; a fixed price per wrapped pallet, and completely risk-free to the businesses installing the system.

“I always ask my customers – “If I gave you a magic wand to change your current wrapping, what would you do?”” says Julia Allen, Samson Nano Specialist and Managing Director of Samuel Grant Sheffield. “This gives me the most honest feedback of what is wrong with their current wrapping which helps me devise a bespoke solution for them in conjunction with my findings from the site evaluation. Our mission is to listen, advise and deliver optimum solutions.”

Due to this innovation and ‘can do’ approach, in April of this year, it was announced that Samuel Grant Packaging were to receive the highest accolade for British companies – a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Although the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an award available to only British businesses, it is globally recognised as a mark of excellence. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is given to businesses that excel in innovation, sustainable development or international trade, and it is the highest official UK award for British companies. In winning this award, Samuel Grant Packaging joins a very select band of elite UK manufacturers.

To qualify and win, the company had to prove how the packaging industry had been impacted by the Samson Nano. The company also had to show the effect that the machine’s development had had on the local economy, and on the bottom line of the business income.


Samuel Grant Packaging have long been known as experts in packaging industry. The 4th generation packaging firm has been at the forefront of manufacturing innovation for over 125 years, and with three different branches across the North of England, Samuel Grant Packaging are the largest packaging distributor in the North.

Although Samuel Grant Packaging have been in the industry for years, they have always made innovation a priority. By putting the customers’ needs at the heart of all they do, Samuel Grant Packaging have focused on solving unique solutions and by doing so, have successfully advanced the packaging industry in ways that couldn’t have been imagined 125 years ago.

So, what does the future hold?

“We will continue to innovate,” says Andrew Grant, great-grandson of the founder and current Managing Director. “We can’t stand still. More than ever it is important for companies to push forward and move with the times. Whilst being able to display the Queens Award for Enterprise outside the building is a huge accolade for the business, we like to think it displays our commitment to future innovation as much as our success in the past.”