About Mercian Labels

whoweareWhat does Mercian Labels do?

Mercian Labels™ is a multi-award winning manufacturer of custom printed self adhesive labels, cartons and security seals. Businesses choose us because we consistently deliver short lead times and superb service.

For 48 years we have been trusted by business of all sizes, from UK wide entrepreneurial business start-ups placing their first label order, to global ‘blue chip‘ companies and ‘trade‘ buyers seeking strategic partners to help them grow their businesses.

We operate from 2 manufacturing sites in the UK with 55 employees and benefit from over 9,000 business customers, exporting to over 20 countries across 6 continents.  Read about our company history here.

Our technical specialities are in digital label & carton printing and high volume variable data & barcode labels.  On 31 December 2014 we merged  our AC Labels Ltd operation in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business.

Front7Our default 3 day lead times for digitally printed labels are legendary in the UK label printing industry. You can read recent testimonials from some of our thousands of satisfied businesses who chose Mercian Labels™ as their preferred label printer.

PrintWe are also proud to hold BRC ‘AA’ grade accreditation for food labelling and UKAS certification to ISO 9001:2008.

What else does Mercian Labels do?

We also manufacture two own brand products:

gammatex logo Gammatex®™ gamma sterilization indicators undergo a simple yellow to red colour change when exposed to gamma radiation.

For use on a wide range of applications, LabelLock®™ products visibly deform if opened or interfered with clearly signalling a security breach with a warning.


Anything else you are proud of?

We are proud to be specialist labelling innovators.  We conduct significant innovative research to develop new products and technologies.  We do new product development well.

Our employees including scientists, engineers, printers, coating specialists and software engineers combine into project specific teams to tackle labelling challenges. Our major suppliers are strategic partners which we combine with our our own resources and knowledge to develop innovative products that perform.

We have an in house dedicated NPD team with a significant budget that is dedicated to R&D, initiating new products and processes, and answering custom needs. Responding to specific development requests from customers, the R&D team works closely with the end user throughout the product development process, ensuring that the end product conforms tightly to required specifications. Our flexible approach allows us to take on projects that often do not interest larger suppliers.

Innovation is key to our success and we are always looking for new projects and partners to develop new products and solutions for and with.

We value our innovations and protect our intellectual property with patents, registered trademarks and design rights as appropriate.

If you have a new product idea, a labelling problem that needs solving or a request for an R&D collaboration then please contact the NPD team leader Dr Adrian Steele.

What are your values?

Our Values Statement sets out the values we stand by as a business.  Our core values are honesty, commitment, happiness and teamwork.

“As a company, and as individuals, Mercian Labels believe that honesty, hard work and commitment in business will deliver our ambition to manufacture great products. At work we seek to balance our loyalty to the business and our families by being efficient with our time and operating as an effective team. Our approach to challenges is to tackle them with determination and enthusiasm. We recognise that balancing continual investment and profitability is essential to our long term success..”

A word cloud of responses when all staff at our 2013 Away Day were asked to choose values that represented core company values of staff at the Mercian Labels Group

A word cloud of responses when all staff at our 2013 Away Day were asked to choose values that represented core company values of staff at Mercian Labels