What do Sport and Packaging have in common, you may ask? Well, both can change lives for the better in their own right. So, when the opportunity arose for us to support a local Taekwondo Club, James Welsh Schools of Taekwondo, in their mission to make a big change beyond our shores, we jumped at the opportunity to do so.

The Club host an annual local Taekwondo competition in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, to encourage all its students to experience a competitive environment but within a familiar and friendly setting. All proceeds raised are donated to a charity of choice; this year, the event supported the UNICEF Children of Ukraine Charity – a worthy cause in anyone’s eyes.

With over 100 students from 6 clubs, spanning from Northampton to Huddersfield, a lot of action and medals where always going to be on the agenda. Events included Speed Kicking, traditional Patterns, Sparring and team events. Needless to say, the competition was a big success. The atmosphere was electric at times, with a competitors engaged in their pursuit of a Gold Medal, and parents and spectators roaring them on to push themselves that little bit further.

And right in the thick of it all was our very own Compliance Manager, Shaine Gill-Ohrt, and his daughter Sapphaire Gill-Ohrt (lower right-hand side), who both managed to win a Gold Medal each; Shaine also adding a Bronze to his tally on the day. Shaine (40) and Sapphaire (10) have been active in Taekwondo for almost 4 years – crazy thought when we cast our mind back to our Chairman, Mehrdad Toofanian, having held her in his arms as a tiny baby. Oh, how time flies…

Overall, the Charity Event was a resounding success, with all competitors walking away with great stories to tell, incredible pride and most importantly, a medal for their efforts – a great memento and a fantastic incentive to keep pushing. Better still, no serious injuries were sustained by any of the competitors.

And, of course, then there was the minor formality of the funds raised for charity…

Well, we are pleased to say that James Welsh Schools of Taekwondo, with the help Skymark Packaging International Ltd have managed to raise a truly superb grand total of £1,080, all of which was donated to Charity. Does anyone else get a warm fuzzy feeling at the thought of this…?

Our special thanks to James Welsh, Colin Boxshall and all the volunteers who have given up their time to make this event a truly memorable occasion and for giving Skymark Packaging International Ltd. the opportunity to be a part of it.

Managing Director John Turner will once again take on the 26.2 mile London Marathon in October 2022 in support of The HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity.

John ran the 26.2 miles for the first time five years ago in support of his best friend Chris, who lost his life after suffering a severe stroke. This time, John will do it in honour of his sister-in-law Ann, who recently passed away following a heart attack.

In the years between I have lost more friends and family unexpectedly where Cholesterol could have played a part, its time we could say it didn’t because we all know about it. Please, if you can support me in bringing awareness and money to fund this vital work and campaign for better treatment. 

John Turner – Managing Director

HEART UK work to prevent premature deaths from high cholesterol a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. The money raised will help the charity continue their vital work, raising awareness of the risks of high cholesterol, providing much-needed help, advice and support to those diagnosed and campaigning for people to get the best care and treatment.

Very Proud of Daniel Bates, who this week collected a distinction in his exam results for his written, oral and practical examinations and passes through his Engineering apprenticeship with flying colours.

This is testament to his dedication, perseverance and hardwork, Well Done Dan.

Thanks to Mark Sanderson, Andy Nicholls, Pawel Wolf and Ben Glover-Poole and all of the engineering team who supported Daniel through this last 3 years.

Pictured here with Mark Coome and Wayne Shipley, who kept his nerves steady and his confidence high during the past few months as he reached crunch time.

Massive thank you also to Stephen Cotton at Heta Engineering for helping Daniel through.

Dan is our 3rd Next Generation Multi Skilled Engineer who studied and learnt with us whilst also working and gaining the valuable practical experience. We already have 4 more on the Skymark conveyor belt and can’t wait to share their success in the coming years.

What is Engineering?

Engineering is the application of science and maths to design, build, and maintain machinery, structures, and other items we use in our day to day lives. If you enjoy being hands on and you’re looking for a career with prospects, Engineering may be the perfect path for you.

Open to all ages, the apprenticeship programme is widely regarded as the best way to enter the industry, offering an accredited qualification, valuable work experience, and an opportunity to show your worth to an established company.

HETA has a long-term track record of successfully training apprentices in the Humber region, setting the foundations for thousands of prosperous careers in engineering & manufacturing across the globe. The reason we’ve survived and thrived for so long is because we put your education first, utilising only the best instructors, facilities, teaching methods, and equipment to ensure you have the greatest chance of success.

Kudos to customer services team member Lucy Morris and her daughter who raised funds for Mind walking 100 miles in October

Mental health: your psychological, emotional and social well-being

It impacts every area of your life.

Having positive mental health allows you to effectively deal with the daily stressors of life, communicate well with others, make healthy decisions and live life to its fullest.

….sometimes, struggles with mental health can make it seem like achieving a healthy mental state is impossible.

It’s charities like MIND that provide the help and support when it’s needed!

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Skymark Packaging International Ltd Proudly Sponsors Rising Tennis Star Macy Denney-Richards

In the world of sports, every so often, a young talent emerges that captures our attention and admiration. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Skymark Packaging International Ltd is sponsoring one such talent – Macy Denney-Richards, a promising young tennis player who has been making waves in the tennis world.

Macy’s journey began in the UK at the tender age of 7. Even at such a young age, her dedication to the sport was evident. Over the years, her hard work and talent have paid off in the form of multiple victories at local tournaments and national championships. In 2021, Macy took a significant step in her career by moving to Spain to train full time, demonstrating her commitment to reaching the pinnacle of her sport.

We at Skymark Packaging International Ltd are immensely proud to support Macy on her journey. Our decision to sponsor Macy was driven by her unwavering dedication, her impressive achievements, and her potential to reach even greater heights in the world of tennis. We believe in investing in the future, and Macy represents a bright and promising future in tennis.

Our sponsorship is more than just financial support. It’s a testament to our belief in Macy’s talent and potential. It’s a commitment to being a part of her journey, cheering her on every step of the way, and celebrating her victories. We are not just sponsoring a promising athlete; we are investing in a vision of success, determination, and excellence that Macy embodies.

As we look to the future, we are excited about what lies ahead for Macy. We believe that with her talent, dedication, and our support, she will continue to make her mark in the tennis world. We are proud to stand with Macy and look forward to being a part of her journey towards becoming a tennis legend.

Stay tuned for updates on Macy’s progress and achievements. Here’s to a successful partnership and an exciting journey ahead!