About Us

5 Generation Family Business

W. MacCarthy & Sons is a 5th Generation family run business established in 1880 and has been manufacturing cardboard packaging for 143 years. We specialise in manufacturing paper over board presentation boxes and also wire stitched boxesWe manufacture all of our packaging in our London based factory, sometimes outsourcing mainly printing from various local printers to meet your specifications. Materials are sourced through British companies and quite a lot of the materials we use are actually manufactured in the UK. 

Our founder William (Liam) MacCarthy learnt the box trade working with his wife’s family business and then started out on his own from his kitchen at his house in Camberwell. Little did he know the company would still be thriving 4 family generations after him. Liam was a prominent figure in the London based Irish community helping many Irish families find work and settle in London. He also donated a cup to be awarded to the winners of the All Ireland Hurling Final. The Liam MacCarthy Cup is still awarded every year to the winners. If you would like to find out more about Liam MacCarthy and our family history in packaging please look on our blog here.

We are still a London based company with a few previous home in our Capital City. Peckham, Bermondsey and now based in Woolwich. If you want to come to see us manufacturing bespoke packaging then just let us know and you can come to see our traditional manufacturing techniques and our interesting machinery.

Currently there are two generations of MacCarthy’s working at the company whether that be in the office, factory or in the delivery van! Many other staff members have over 20 years of experience working for this family run business so our dedication, knowledge and skill will enable us to give you the best advice possible. 

Company History

Some photos of our family history in packaging

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A five generation family run business manufacturing packaging in London since 1880

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