About Us

We innovate so that you can mail happy

Here at Lil Packaging, pioneering innovation is in our blood. You might say we’re packaging geeks. But we see ourselves as the guys who tick all your boxes. Here’s a Lil statement of what we do, and why:

“At Lil Packaging it is our mission to provide internet & mail-order businesses with a greatly improved, cost-efficient fulfilment operation so that they can ‘mail happy’. We will achieve this by delivering uniquely engineered solutions that reinvent their view of packaging, through the application of unmatched expertise in packaging design and world-class manufacturing.”

Design and manufacture runs in the family

We don’t just innovate. We design and manufacture every last mailer envelope and cardboard CD case ourselves, and keep the whole range in stock. We are Barry and Fred Lill. We gave our name to the company, and we’ve built a brilliant team around us. We’re still a family-run British packaging manufacturer, still independent, and still love what we do.

The Lil Difference

  • Seriously fast to use
  • Family, and world friendly
  • Researched sizes to fit your needs
  • Maximum protection, always
  • Consistent supply
  • British ingenuity

Lil, known as Mainline Flatpacks in the past…

Established by Roger Lill in 1983, Mainline was a leading British packaging manufacturer, initially focused on the supply of packaging to the major photo processors. It grew from supplying Kodak enlargement envelopes to being Europe’s largest manufacturer of cardboard envelopes and the foremost specialist in packaging.

  • Number of employees: 50+
  • Company Status: Privately owned family company Est. 1983
  • Head Quarters: 55,000sqft (5,100sqm) operation in Huntingdon, England
  • Accreditations: ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 and FSC (environmental)
  • Investment Programme: £1.2m (1.5m) invested over three years in latest, most efficient technology

In house capability

Design/Pre-Press/5 Colour Offset Lithographic B1 Print/Cut and Crease/Window Patch/Foiling/Gluing/Specialist Finishing/Warehouse of 2,100 pallets/Distribution

The definitive Lil tick box

  • Sizes are extensively researched so you get the snuggest fit – and
  • lowest cost mailing tariff
  • Fastest to hand-pack
  • The UK’s most protective range of cardboard postal packaging
  • Reduced return rates by up to 63% (independent stat from a global online retailer)
  • Minimised damage and reduced postage costs
  • Hot melt adhesive peel and seal closure provides the best seal – at least twice the strength of standard double-sided tape
  • Frustration-free red tear-strip opening on most items
  • Greenest brand of packaging in the market
  • Vast quantities of stock holding
  • Our products achieve 2x the standard pallet volume

Everything we do is tried, tested and perfected through extensive research with the world’s largest online retailers. It’s the reason we’ve the most operationally cost-effective range of cardboard postal packaging on the market.

Our People

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