WELCOME TO

SWAN MILL

GROUP

Our unique product offering is curated into four distinct specialist markets.

You can use the links below to see detailed information and images for each division

AWAY FROM HOME

TABLEWARE

Paper Napkins & Tablecoverings
Dispensers & Napkins
Bespoke Napkins
Wooden cutlery & stirrers
Paper straws
Bagasse and paper plates, bowls & serving boxes
Doileys
Catering Disposables
PPE Equipment

AWAY FROM HOME

CHRISTMAS

Crackers
Napkins
Tablecoverings
Party Accessories
Tinsel

AT

HOME

Decorations
Crackers
Party Tableware & Accessories
Christmas Trees

GIFTWRAP

& CARDS

Cards, Gift Wrap & Tags
Greeting cards
Charity cards
Stationery
Gift Packaging
Advent calendars

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ABOUT US

SWANTEX. WHO WE ARE… AND WHAT WE DO

Established in 1892 Swan Mill Paper Company has grown to be a large and diversified business based around the core principles of disposables, ink on paper and party with a particular specialism in all things Christmas.

 

As both a UK manufacturer, and an importer with full in house design facilities and supported by our Hong Kong office we are able to supply a broad offer in our chosen areas of expertise.

 

  • Our Catering Away from Home division supplies our UK manufactured napkins and table coverings along with a wide range of environmentally friendly catering disposables plus Christmas crackers and party goods.
  • At Home products include our UK made Gift wrap and Tinsel, a comprehensive range of Party tableware and serving accessories, Christmas decorations and retail Christmas Crackers
  • Our three gift wrap and card companies publish greetings cards, wrap and gift packaging and supply all UK multiples, over 1000 independents and export to over 30 countries around the world.
The Group in numbers
  • We employ 250 people across the UK and Asia.
  • Our UK factories make 4 billion paper napkins a year and over 40 million metres of gift wrap.
  • We sell over 25 million crackers a year to the Catering and Retail markets
  • Our Greeting cards companies supply over 50 million cards per year

In 2008, we established Swantex Asia with a showroom in Hong Kong to source, quality control and supply our ranges of products worldwide.

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WHO WE ARE… AND WHAT WE DO

In 2015 Swan Mill Group acquired Ling Design Ltd , one of the UK’s leading greetings card publishers. They supply 30 million greetings cards to large UK retailers, independents, charities and also to over 30 countries around the world. In 2019 the Great British Card Company (GBCC) was added to SMPC’s portfolio. As another leading UK greetings card publisher GBCC adds a garden centre speciality to the group’s portfolio including a card brokerage and merchandising business called Waterwells. GBCC also specialises in humour cards and licensing which are incremental to the portfolio and offer. Both businesses are still managed separately and have a comprehensive offer of single cards, boxed Christmas cards, advent calendars, gift packaging and stationery. The Group is supported by its dedicated design studios in Bath and Gloucester allowing it to work on branded and own label programmes for customers in the UK and around the world.

SWAN MILL AND THE ENVIRONMENT

In 2018 the group launched its Swantex Green brand for products which were traditionally made of plastic. The range now includes paper straws, wooden cutlery and bagasse containers. Swantex Green products are available in retailers around the world and also through the hospitality market. Amongst recent environmental initiatives is our drive to remove many tonnes of plastic and glitter from products such as Christmas crackers and greeting cards. From 2020 all new cracker designs are glitter and plastic free. Other initiatives that the group runs across all their sites include waste reduction, energy efficiency and corporate responsibility. The group continues to expand, bring new products to market and invest in people, machinery and products in line with customer requirement and the market. Come and talk to us…

The environment and

SWANTEX GREEN

We strive to source the most environmentally sound raw materials and to be at the forefront of green product innovation. With many of our products being single-use, we aim to offer our customers the most environmentally friendly product available to meet their requirements; products that where possible, can be recycled, composted or biodegraded. We are researching the possibility of replacing single-use products with multiple -use versions which are suitable for the catering and retail industries, to further reduce the use of raw material and waste generation. Swantex Green environmentally friendly products include :

  • Paper straws

  • Wooden cutlery and stirrers

  • Bagasse Tableware

  • Bagasse Serverware

WE ONLY USE FSC PAPER IN OUR NAPKINS

All of our napkins are made from FSC paper. For our 1 and 2 ply napkins – we use 100% FSC recycled paper – the only UK maker to offer this.

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WORLD WIDE

SOURCING, QUALITY ASSURANCE & SALES

Our Swantex Asia office and showrooms In Hong Kong offers sourcing and design and a full FOB supply service for our products. We can provide the widest possible range at the best prices and quality, and our knowledgeable sourcing teams can help you find and tailor products to your requirements. Our Swantex office in Hong Kong arranges regular factory inspections and audits to ensure that our high quality standards are maintained for our customers. The Swantex Asia showrooms also provides the international buyer with the opportunity to see the full range of Swantex products and choose from the best in UK design across the disposable tableware, gift packaging, cards, Christmas decorations and Christmas crackers categories.