Newport Pagnell firm with a message in a bottle about employee engagement

The Engage for Success Taskforce
The Engage for Success Taskforce

A company that makes milk packaging products has become one of the first businesses in the UK to be invited on to a government-backed taskforce to champion better engagement across company workforces.

Nampak Plastics, based in Interchange Park in Newport Pagnell, was the only small or medium sized enterprise (SME) chosen to attend the Engage for Success launch event today (Monday, November 12).

Each participant has been selected for their excellent practices in this area to date. Other companies include Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Banking Group and O2.

The taskforce, backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), calls for every leader and manager across the economy to play their part in getting employees engaged at work. The lack of employees engaged in their firms is estimated to result in the UK missing out on some £26billion each year.

Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said: “At Nampak, we have gone on a real employee engagement journey over the last four years which has taken our company from strength to strength, and for this to be recognised at such a high level is testament to our excellent workforce.”

In the past four years, the business has transformed levels of employee engagement through initiatives that encourage employees to contribute to the development of the organisation. Among these are award schemes and a ‘Participate Programme’ – a scheme designed to develop a new approach to leadership and management and create a sense of collaboration.

The company says fostering a culture of innovation directly contributed to the invention of Nampak’s Infini bottle, which reduced the materials used by 15 per cent while maintaining full strength.

Between 2008 and 2011, Nampak’s turnover increased by 13 per cent. In 2010, Nampak was named overall winner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development People Management Awards, along with the Employee Engagement Award.

David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, who co-chair the Task Force, said: “As the UK faces up to the challenges of recession and global competition, improving productivity and performance among the UK workforce has to be a national priority and central to our country’s growth agenda.

“Leaders at today’s launch understand the importance of employee engagement to the success of their organisations, now and in the future. Engagement is also vital for individual employees’ wellbeing. With such clear evidence about why engagement matters – for individuals, for organisations and for UK plc - there is a huge opportunity to be tapped.”

Also launched today is a national website ( which is full of case studies, tools and techniques on how to better engage employees. The website is a free to use national resource which will help leaders and managers take practical action to engage their people.