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Plastic Packaging Tax

Plastic Packaging Tax Information

Although the Plastic Packaging Tax is live from the 1st April 2022, there are still some grey areas in the legislation provided by HMRC.

We are looking to get these cleared up before supplying any information that may be incorrect, inadequate or unnecessary.

The points clarified via HMRC for roll materials are:

  • If the face material is plastic, PPT is payable, unless the recycled content is 30% or higher.
  • PPT is liable at the site of last significant modification.
  • Plastic Backing/carriers – Whenever the backing carrier is unprinted, the PPT tax point will rest with the importer or UK manufacturer. If printed, the tax point moves to the printer/converter.
  • Plastic Face materials. If printed, the PPT tax point is with the printer/converter.
  • For roll materials, we assume the last significant modification will be with the printer us and therefore the printer will be liable for the PPT.
  • The liner is excluded from the weight calculations.
  • The adhesive is included in the construction weight.
  • PPT is payable once the 10 tonne threshold (in a 12 month period) is reached.
  • Registration is required once the 10 tonne threshold is reached. You must register within 30 days after you meet the criteria (criteria being 10 tonne of plastic orders placed and in the system).
  • Online service to register and pay will be available from 1st April 2022
  • PPT is payable at £200 per metric tonne
  • Requirement to show amount of PPT tax on invoices from 1 April 2022 has been postponed.

There may be further information we can supply on this once further clarification is supplied on the legislation by HMRC.

We are currently in the process of populating the materials with PPT liability and weights. Once this has been completed, we will advise of further information.

You can download this information here. Baker Materials PPT Update

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Office admin

Materials Office Administrator

We are seeking a new office administrator within our Baker Materials department in Brentwood, Essex.

Overall Description:

To carry out specific office administrative based tasks detailed below.

To provide support to the Materials teams.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Processing orders and entering them on to the MIS system
  • Distributing samples to customers
  • Arranging despatch paperwork
  • Liaising with couriers on any delays or issues
  • Assist with incoming phones calls, dealing with sales enquiries, dealing with customer enquiries
  • Working on e-shots with the PR Department
  • Dealing with internal label enquiries
  • Chasing quotations sent to customers
  • Any other Customer Service / Admin related tasks.
  • Creating Codes and Spec Sheets
  • Liaising with accounts dept
  • Batching in deliveries


Other duties relating to sales, admin and customer service when detailed by the Senior Sales Administration / Production Manager.

Main purpose of role.

  • To provide the very best level of customer service ensuring that all e-mail correspondence is dealt with accurately and efficiently.
  • To act as a key point of contact between the Sales & Admin Administrator and the Customers ensuring that detailed information is passed properly to process orders.

To apply for this role, please email your CV to

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Easter Treats

We’re Treating You!

All orders hatched despatched between Tuesday 30th March – Thursday 1st April will receive an eggs-tra treat.

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New Material BM369 WBIJ Satin White PET



We have a new water based ink jet polyester in stock with excellent cryogenic perfomance capabilities.


BM369 WBIJ Satin White PET


The film is tear resistant and has good dimensional stability when exposed to variations in temperature and humidity. The high performance coating enables good adhesion to high and low surface energy substrates

Typical Industry Sectors and Applications

BM369 is an ideal material for use within laboratories, healthcare and pharmaceautical industries for on-demand variable information labels that require to be held at extremely low temperatures.

The adhesive is a permanent modified acrylic aqueous dispersion, with very good chemical, humidity and UV resistance.

Temperature range of -196°C to +120°C


Consider BM369 WBIJ Satin White PET for cryogenic identification of plastic and glass vessels for the preservation of blood, reproductive cells and other biological materials.

Is this what you’re looking for?

If you’d like to know more, call us on 01277 281910 or email and we’ll send you samples.

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Materials factory

Materials Stock Control Operative

Materials Stock Control Operative

We are looking for a motivated individual to join our Materials department.

Working within the team, you will be assisting with the smooth running of the materials department and ensuring that accurate stock levels are maintained at all times.

This full-time role includes:

  • Loading and unloading all goods using Forklift Truck
  • Keep stock system updated at all times
  • Put away all incoming deliveries of stock in correct location
  • Conduct a full stock take each month
  • Booking in of all goods onto stock system
  • Carry out any other ad hoc tasks reasonably requested by the Management/Supervisor team
  • Maintain a tidy and well organised warehouse at all times


Skills and Experience: 

  • Knowledge of materials handling and stores environment
  • Ability to work in a busy environment while delivering targets
  • Physically fit and able to undertake manual handling duties on a day to day basis
  • Receptive to training and continuous improvement
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative, as well as be a good team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Methodical worker

What is in it for you?

  • Salary dependent on experience
  • Training and development
  • Work based pension
  • Profit related bonus after 6 months service
  • 21 Days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Wellbeing at work programme
  • Great social and team building events

How to apply:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please send your CV to

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Halloween Trick or Treats

This week in the run up to Halloween, all orders shipped to customers will include a surprise. Some will be spooky some will be sweet!

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Floor stickers

Good Stock of Floor Graphic Materials

As lockdown measures continue to be lifted, schools and businesses are planning how to reopen safely.

If you’ve been quoting for indoor floor stickers you’ll be interested to know that we have anti-slip protective laminate available. Perfect for the inside jobs.


Anti-slip Floor Matt Laminate BS7179

Anti-Slip Grade R9 | Guaranteed for 6 months indoor use

Call us for a quote 01277 281910 or email

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New Slitters at Baker Materials

Baker Labels makes £300k investment in two ASHE Slitters for materials department Baker Materials.

The ASHE Diamond and Solitaire slitters replace the previous Parklands that had run for 20 years and will add efficiency, extra safety and speed to production.

The Diamond slitter, (affectionately now named Neil) comprises of a duplex rewind section with rotary slitting and control console, a separate shaftless unwind stand and reel lift and an offload trolley. It can slit at speeds of up to 500 m per minute and has maximum web width of 1650mm.

The Solitaire slitter (now named Bruce) comprises a free-standing slitting / unwinding machine together with a separate shafted unwind stand and an offload trolley. It also has a maximum speed of 500 m per minute but with a maximum web width of 600mm.

slitter outside Bakers

Key New features:

  • Central gangways run through the presses giving operators access to observe the material and rollers at different points and manage any issues quickly.
  • A shaftless unwind that can be lowered to the height of the reel of material then lift it automatically providing a safer operation than previously as there’s less manual handling.
  • Differential winder that evens out the amount of torque/tension across the bar so multiple reels of different sizes can be slit correctly at the same time.
  • Lay down rollers that push the material down and the air out between the layers therefor reducing movement. This allows faster, more efficient winding.
  • Blade lights for clearer visibility during slitting.
  • Banana/bowed roller to enable running films without creasing.
  • Both slitters are run by digital touch screen. Initial training for operators on the new slitters has enabled the building of a bank of information to allow pre-loading of pre-set tensions that in turn allows automatic calibration of winder tension dependant on the diameter of the reel and the microns of the material.

Quote from Paul Sykes, Production Manager at Bakers

The continued challenge for us to be able to satisfy the demand from customers to provide them with a faster, even more efficient quality service was the driver behind us investing in two new slitters. The quality of the new ASHE Diamond and Solitaire slitters is fantastic and our Materials team have been working hard in training to adapt to the new kit.”


Baker Materials is the leading independent distributor of self-adhesive and non self-adhesive label materials in the UK. Offering a comprehensive range of around 450 branded and non-branded label products, they are a one-stop shop for the roll label printer. As a distributer for major brands such as  Avery Dennison, Raflatac, Lintec, DuPont, Arjobex, 3M, Manter, Smith & McLaurin, Kernow Coatings and Intercoat and with no high minimum order quantities, Baker Materials has the ability to provide customers with bespoke sizes in widths from 25mm and linear from 250m. Customers can order only what they require with zero waste and next day delivery.

As a facility for Baker Labels own label production it means they can react immediately and turn the job around quickly even if a customer needs a job on a specialist material that normally has long lead times or high minimums order quantities.

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We Wore it Pink!

As part of the Breast Cancer Now campaign, Bakers staff wore their best pink gear to work on Friday 18th October.

In addition, willing bakers contributed a huge range of cakes, biscuits and puddings that colleagues could enjoy for a donation. The event raised £248.02 for the Breast Cancer Now campaign that aims to fund research that will ensure that everyone that develops breast cancer lives and receives the support they need to live well.




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New Recycled Paper Available

BM570  is a white uncoated paper made of 100% recycled fibres, specially designed for office documentation, address labelling and other information labelling.

Suitable for inkjet, laser, flexo, offset and screen printing and available for next day delivery.

This material can be recycled in the cardboard recycling stream

Why order from Baker Materials?

  • No high MOQs
  • No long lead times
  • Slit to any width from 25mm
  • Free UK next day delivery for orders £65+ placed before 1pm
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