Who We Are

Curtis packaging are one of the UK's leading companies providing high quality printed folding boxboard packaging specialising in the retail, beauty & luxury market sectors.

“Finishing touches” our innovative sample pack which demonstrates many of the finishes & added features that top brands look for has received immense feedback from Design Agencies, Brand owners & visitors to the Packaging Innovations exhibitions. This has encouraged us to evolve this into an opportunity to help students that are working towards a position within the exciting market we work in. Click here to go to the Finishing Touches section & use the online version or order a sample pack.

We are offering two Bursaries, each of £500. The first will focus on the construction of the packaging & the second on graphics & the use of finishes. Entries for both categories must be received by 16th February 18. These will be reviewed & short list of three for each category by our panel of Judges (shown in the next section) who have kindly offered their support to this initiative. The winners will be notified by Friday 15th March 2018

The Bursary

We are strong advocates for investing in the future and what better place to start than embarking on a search to find the next graphic designer the luxury beauty brands are fighting over or the constructional designer that blows away the team at a highly competitive sales pitch with their innovative designs.

We are offering two Curtis Centre of Excellence Bursaries of £500 each. One focusing on constructional design of packaging, the second on graphic design. Along with their £500 cheque the winner will have the chance to see behind the scenes of the countless disciplines behind the production of a printed carton with a tour of our manufacturing facilities. You will also get to meet the panel of judges that chose your submission to beat the competition. Last but not least our team will take your winning submission and create this for you to take away…. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your designs come to life.

Your pitch is to be received by Friday February 16th 2018. Please refer to the how to enter section for full details on how to enter. These will be reviewed then three from each category will then proceed to the judging panel stage. The judges will choose one winner from each category, the winners will be announced by Friday 15th March 2018.

The Brief

Constructional Design Bursary

Create a Christmas gift set to be pitched within the beauty or luxury food markets. This gift will be made up of two complimentary products and must be constructed using carton board window material ( acetate ) can also be incorporated. The maximum size of the gift is to be 300 x 250 x 80mm.

Special consideration should be given to how the products will be housed within this pack, fitments should be considered and where possible using heavy duty carton board or corrugated material and how this will transit through ecommerce or during transit into store.

The objective of this gift is to create interest and intrigue with massive shelf appeal

Graphic Design Bursary

Design a Christmas gift pack within the beauty or luxury food markets. Packaging is the first thing the potential customer interacts with, the use of graphics, colour, finishing touches such as embossing or foiling should be considered to create a real wow factor inviting customers to pick the gift off the shelf.

A full set of visuals of the set will be required as a minimum entry, we would recommend supporting examples of how you envisage your pack to work.

How to Enter & FAQ's

Below is a list of frequently asked questions relating to the bursary packaging competition.

How do I enter & submit my entry?

To enter you need to email steve.mallett[at]curtispackaging.co.uk with the title Bursary. More details will then be provided as to how you submit your entry.

Where can I upload my video?

Please upload your video to any free video sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo so you can provide it as a link.

What industries can I choose from for my packaging?

You have the option of designing packaging for either the beauty or luxury food markets.

Is a video required?

A video isn't required but could be beneficial to explain your idea.

Useful Tools

Upon registering your interest into the Curtis Centre of Excellence Bursary your will receive a Curtis duo pack outlining some information about us and what we do along with our finishing touches pack.

Finishing Touches

Our award winning finishing touches pack is at your full disposal. This innovative pack championed by designers, brand owners and packaging technologists, walks you through the extra ‘finishing touches ‘ to give your pack a real unique selling point whilst outlining the impact of this finish from cost, environmental impact to wow factor and transit.

Please follow the link to use our online finishing touches pack or order a pack to aid your submission.

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Coming soon to the section below will be file templates for our most common types of packaging, included in a zip file with a document explaining how to change the dimensions of the file to the size you need.

The Judges

Mel has a wealth of experience on both graphic design & colour. A regular visitor to Curtis for TBS supporting on press passes.

Melina Eastwood

The Bodyshop International

The studio used by Curtis, providing innovative constructive packaging solutions for many of the UK's leading retail companies. Including digital prototyping.

Joanne Williams

3D creative

Providing the largest range of hot stamping foils in the UK, offering increased visual impact & shelf appeal.

Paul Hornby


World leaders on paper & carton board, focusing on offering the packaging market with sustainable materials.

Devlin Osbourne