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A little about us…

Avant-Tout provides small and medium size businesses with the opportunity to compete effectively and add value to their clients by allowing them to focus on core strengths, removing administration and improving their capability. This is achieved with our four core offerings:

  • Providing management services to deliver clients’ strategies

  • Creating opportunities for clients to network across regional groups

  • Enhancing communication within the supply chain

  • Providing skills to support business growth

Let’s focus on our strengths….

It allows you to create time in your activities to plan, act and lead. Focus on the real value within the organisation.
Established in 2001, Avant-Tout brings professional services to clients in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.


A little about Debbie….


Managing Director of Avant-Tout Ltd and Co-Founder of Women in Packaging UK Ltd.

With over 25 years in the print and packaging industry, Debbie has experience in a number of senior positions and sectors.

Her working life started at Harlands of Hull, a label producer where she managed accounts using her modern languages degree to deal with both UK and French clients.

After a period at Gilchrist Brothers, working in reprographics and completing an MBA, Debbie then moved to DS Smith and became the General Manager for their Pre-Print business, working to supply blue chip FMCG customers across Europe.

In 2001 she established Avant-Tout (Management Services) Ltd, taking advantage of a niche market to provide key skills within the industry.  This focused on delivering technical capability, account management and project delivery in multi-language environments.

Avant-Tout now supports businesses through a number of services especially in improving communication and networking channels and organising major events.  Debbie is a Consultant Director of EFIA UK Ltd, Director of FTA Europe and represents EFIA on the GPMA.

With a passion for developing broader capabilities in the industry, Debbie has also co-founded Women in Packaging.  This is an initiative to connect, support and recognise female employees across the diverse packaging industry: from packaging concept through to delivery to the consumer.

She is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and is a keynote speaker on print and packaging issues.


Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 6:02am
Colleagues at Contact Originators have today bid a fond farewell, ‘adios’ and a happy retirement to David Mason, as he retires to live in the sunnier climes of Spain with his wife Helen. For the full story, visit our website at: https://t.co/NzUbYuO0C2
Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 11:56am
Congratulations to all who achieved success at the #EFIAPrintAwards2020 last night, you made it incredibly hard for the judges! Thank you to everyone who entered, and our members and our partners for your continued support, we couldn't do this without you! https://t.co/nZE1aLSu0B https://t.co/m1cTR35C33 PackagingDebbie photo



Client Management

Providing management services to deliver clients’ strategies

Project Delivery
Managing and controlling the concept to deliver process: beginning with artwork creation through to completing the finished product whilst enhancing communication through the supply chain.

Events Management

 Creating opportunities for clients to network across regional groups through managed events.

Business Translation Services

Bespoke translation suited to your clients and needs

Research & Training
Providing skills to support business growth



Clients and Partnerships – All together, as one


Print, your knowledge

Print, your knowledge

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 8:03am
On our latest blog, we explore diversity quotas in business. Do set hiring quotas empower women in the sector, or is it artificial inclusion? Plus, how do we tell the difference? Read our thoughts here: https://t.co/XWMBqZSH76 #WomenInPackaging #FemaleQuota #diversity https://t.co/8gbPpqcvUi Womeninpackuk photo
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 6:00am
Cheers to some exciting innovation! @frugalpac has launched The Frugal Bottle, a paper-based wine bottle made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food-grade liner to hold the wine. I think we’ll need to test this 😉🍷 Read more here: https://t.co/ELvZSpqeWF @Independent
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 8:02am
Bloomberg reports that gender-balanced teams tend to record a higher return on investment. Are diversity quotas - or are there deeper cultural challenges in business to address? Find out why here: https://t.co/XWMBqZSH76 #WomenInPackaging #FemaleQuota #diversity https://t.co/YiGVQ6fA3O Womeninpackuk photo
Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at 6:00am
What a wonderful acceptance speech from a well-respected member of our industry! Another huge congratulations to Paul Larkin, Technical Director at @HamiltonLabels for winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Flexo Industry Award at the recent #EFIAPrintAwards2020 👏 https://t.co/mGNxxPHYxs
Monday, November 16th, 2020 at 6:00am
Here's David Cooper, Managing Director and CEO at @FFP_Packaging accepting the Best in Show Award at this year's #EFIAPrintAwards2020. Another huge congratulations to the team for the win! https://t.co/dMZqxft7sI
Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at 8:05am
Another huge congratulations to @BOBSTglobal for winning the Gold Award at the #EFIAPrintAwards2020 in the Technical Innovation – Supplier category. Here’s Tracey Scrafton accepting the award – well done to the team! 👏 https://t.co/giWMORxDiV EFIA2 photo




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