Businessman Shahid Sheikh, managing director of Clifton Packaging Group Ltd in Meridian Business Park, Leicester, was recently made UK chairman of the Shahid Afridi Foundation to build medical facilities in remote villages in his homeland.
World-renowned cricketer Shahid Afridi chose Leicester as the UK base for a unique worldwide charity to help his Pakistan homeland.
Clifton already has its own charity foundation called TEAMS -Together Everyone Achieves More Success – which promotes community cohesion in the city and raises money for the poor.
Clifton is a classic case of a firm that started out with humble beginnings, and has since expanded to become a multi-million pound company.
It specialises in creating a variety of different packaging for foods, including their ground breaking Stand Up pouch packaging with re-closable zippers.
The firm has also recently begun developing a solution to prevent bacterial growth in food packages. Its specially developed film coatings are set to reduce bacteria by 99.8 percent.
The business, based in Braunstone, was set up in 1981 originally as a wholesaler of plain carrier and paper bags for retail outlets.
In 1985 it began working with snack food, confectionery, nut and bakery companies to create flexible packaging for their products.
Following on from its Antibac coated lidding film, to eradicate bacteria, Clifton recently launched an “Ovenable Roasting Bag” for roasting chicken. With 25% of UK shoppers’ not happy touching raw poultry, the special packaging allows consumers to put the raw chicken in the oven without touching it directly until fully cooked and ready for serving.