FAQs

How do I get started ?
Contact Allan Glen at the SPA office in Kilmarnock and complete an application form:-

UK Sheet Plant Association
24 Grange Street
Kilmarnock Ayrshire
Tel - 01563 570 518
Fax - 01563 572 728
Email - office@sheetplantuk.com
What is Five Star Accreditation?
Five Star Accreditation is a best practice initiative where Sheet Plants are audited to ensure they embrace high ethical standards, strive for best practice, take pride in the Sheet Plant sector, engender trust and co-operation between Sheet Plants and support continuous improvement.Audited Sheet Plants will need to demonstrate they apply these principles even handedly across five key areas -

Customer Relations
Employee Relations
Health & Safety / Environment
Quality / Hygiene
Supplier Relations
Who issues the Five Star Accreditation ?
Five Star Accreditation is an initiative of the UK Sheet Plant Association and is a standard recognised by the UK Packaging Industry, and by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) in the USA and the Federation Du Cartonage in France. The Standard is now administered by the National Packaging Council.
Who can qualify for this award?
Any sheet plant in the UK can apply for membership of the Sheet Plant Association and for accreditation under the Five Star Standard.
How do I become accredited ?
Accreditation is by external, third party audit during which you demonstrate that you have satisfied the indicators of the Five Star Standard.
What are the benefits of being Five Star Accredited ?
Five Star accredited sheet plants differentiate themselves from other non accredited suppliers of corrugated packaging.

You have exclusive use of the NPC Five Star emblem on stationery, promotional materials, vehicles etc.

You are included in the ‘Five Star Accredited’ section of the SPA website and NPC & SPA membership list.

Identifies potential quality partners for involvement in FirstPak projects.

Enables negotiation of reduced insurance premiums by demonstrating best practice in Health and Safety under the standard.

The largest benefit is to your business, as these are all excellent disciplines that a modern best practice company should be adopting anyway.