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Tubes on the Catwalk

We are honored to have supplied the cardboard tubes that have created the catwalk installation at the Bowes Museum for the its current exhibition:
Catwalking - Fashion through the lens of Chris-Moore

We were involved from the beginning with the design stage of the installation and are proud of the visual effect our tubes have created. One of the challenges was working out the logistics of delivering 4m long tubes onto the first floor of a country house!

2 of our staff attended the opening night of the exhibition and report that it offers a fascinating perspective on the work of one of the 20th century's greatest fashion photographers - well worth a visit.


Keighley College Best Academic Achievement Award 2018

Congratulations to Nathan Buckle for winning the Keighley College Academic Achievement Award whilst studying for his BTEC Level 3 in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering. Nathan is our Continuous Improvement Leader and is studying for the BTEC qualification as part of his development programme at Stell.

Nathan was presented the award by Harry Gration at the Keighley Business Awards gala dinner.


Photo's From Denise's retirement present trip to the Isle of Man TT Races 


ISO 9001 – 2015 transition successful!

We’re pleased to announce we’ve successfully made the transition to the latest ISO 9001 standard – the 2015 standard. Our transition has been approved following an audit from our external assessors - Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.

The new 2015 standard has some significant changes compared with the 2008 standard and these are all aimed at helping the business improve the aspects of our quality that are most critical to our customers. We’re proud of our quality record and excited by the opportunities for improvement that the new standard will help us identify.

Our updated certificate can be downloaded by following the link on the home page.


Denise completes 50 years’ service!

On 15 August 2017 Denise Butcher completed an astonishing 50 Years’ service with Stells – a fantastic achievement for which we all congratulate her. Denise has been a stalwart of our ‘cottage industry’ machines: cutting, snecking, assembling and packing smaller cardboard tubes. Fortunately, much has changed in the last 50 years, including the £30.50 a week wage she earned back in 1967!

Denise plans to retire in October and enjoy attending the 2018 Isle of Man TT race, for which the Company has given her tickets.

Well done Denise, we wish you a well-deserved and happy retirement!



Stell Cardboard tubes buys Holmes Mann’s Tube Division

Stell Cardboard Tubes (Keighley) and Holmes Mann & Co. Ltd (Bradford) have signed a historic agreement that will allow both companies to invest in and grow their core businesses.

Stell Cardboard Tubes has bought Holmes Mann’s Cardboard Tube division and the two companies have signed a supply contract giving Holmes Mann strategic access to Stell’s unrivalled cardboard tube expertise.

The deal allows Stell to expand its cardboard tube business and, with access to Stell’s range, it strengthens Holmes Mann’s packaging product portfolio.

All employees of Holmes Mann’s Cardboard Tube Division have transferred to Stell.

Richard Guest, MD of Stell Cardboard Tubes – “We’re excited by the opportunities this deal creates: increased investment in our production; increased presence in our home northern markets allowing better service to both existing customers and former Holmes Mann customers.”

Barny Holmes, MD of Holmes Mann – “This deal simplifies our business and allows us to concentrate on what we’re great at: providing our customers with a tailored and bespoke range of quality packaging materials”

Stell Cardboard tubes buys Holmes Mann’s Tube Division

Stell Stars on Emmerdale!

On Tuesday our cardboard tubes took a starring role in Nicola’s lucky escape from the fire on Emmerdale. Thanks to our tubes, Nicola wasn’t badly hurt by falling scaffolding poles but suffered a few light knocks from our tubes – made to look like metal scaffolding poles!

Does anyone else have any novel uses for cardboard tubes? Contact us at – we’d love to hear from you!