The MOST Influential PEOPLE in Leicestershire 2016

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Clifton Packaging Group, established 1981

Shahid Sheikh, MD Clifton Packaging

Clifton Packaging was named Company of the Year at the 2016 Leicester Mercury Business Awards-high praise indeed.

It is overseen by Shahid Sheikh, a dedicated family man who, while making a success in business, has also made a success of his own life.

He is a past chairman of the Leicestershire Institute of Directors, a board member and cultural ambassador to Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has an OBE, and is someone who has been named as one of the most influential Pakistanis in Britain.

He has a sports management business – among others – and chairs a charity set up by cricket hero Shahid Afridi to help build medical facilities in remote villages in Pakistan.

The dad-of-three from Oadby runs the business with brothers Zed and Tahir and Shane D’souza and Jay Lakhani.

The family launched Clifton Packaging in 1981, and the big break came in 2001 when Burton Biscuits called upon them to make resealable, four-sided, stand-up packs for their Jammie Dofgers.

Today it designs, develops and makes every conceivable plastic, flexible packaging you could think of.

From squeezable, stand-up baby food pouches, to pourable cooking mix pouches for Renshaw, from crisp packets for Cofresh to shaped kids’ treat packs.

Clifton Packaging Group, established 1981