Paper Bag Co Joins the Rawlings Group Family!

Paper Bag Co Joins the Rawlings Group Family!

2023 has been a successful year so far for the Paper Bag Co team, with a new website on the horizon and a range of interesting projects coming up, we are looking forward to the future.

With our mission of delivering sustainable bespoke and wholesale bags packaging to some of the UK’s leading brands, we are pleased to announce that Paper Bag Co has been acquired by and will be joining Rawlings Group. 

Rawlings specialise in glass packaging supplies and have a rich heritage dating back to 1850 where they started by washing and recycling beer bottles and selling them to breweries. Today, as the largest independent glass packaging supplier in the UK, Rawlings Group prides itself on sustainability and environmentally positive packaging, a value that Paper Bag Co shares wholeheartedly.

Since our inception 18 years ago, we have grown to work with household name brands as well as many independent brands and retailers to create custom bags and packaging that are on brand and made from certified sustainable material. Our founder and Managing Director Jon Marling offered the below comment: 

“Rawlings Group was the perfect option to continue our journey on a larger platform. The Rawlings team’s ethos and purpose is very much aligned to ours and we are looking forward to developing our people and growing our positive impact synergies in the future”

“On a personal note, it has been a time of reflection for the team at Paper Bag Co. Since the first hire in 2006, the workforce has grown massively and we have developed a great team and some long-standing relationships with some of the UK’s biggest brands. With the resources and support of being part of a bigger group we will embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.”

After 18 years of operating, we look back on some of the key milestones in our journey and some of highlights so far, ranging from the launch of Cotton Bag Co to the world’s largest paper bag. 


2005 - Company founded by Jon Marling

2011 - Launched Cotton Bag Co Brand specialising in reusable bags

2014 - Achieved FSC® certification

2015 - Celebrated 10 Years of supplying quality retail and promotional bags

2015 - World’s largest paper bag 

2017 -  Relocated to new production facility in Westbury, Wiltshire

2018 - Invested in state of the art screen printing and digital printing equipment

2019 -  Worlds largest jute bag

2020 -  Achieved GOTS certification

2023 -  Joined Rawlings Group

In terms of what this means for the future, we will continue to maintain our market-leading position and strive towards our goal of delivering sustainable packaging to a range of clients across different industries. Being part of the Rawlings Group means we will be able to draw upon a range of experience from their fantastic team, and we look forward to the next chapter at Paper Bag Co.