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NORWICH SIGNS AND GRAPHICS FIRM EXPANDS SERVICES WITH A NEW FLAT-BED CNC ROUTER

Norwich-based signs and graphics franchise, Signs Express (Norwich), has purchased a new flat-bed router following a five-figure loan from HSBC and additional support from the New Anglia Growth Hub, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Suffolk County Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Small Grants Scheme and Complete CNC Solutions. 

 

The new machine, a CNC (computer numerical control) router, is designed for cutting and machining hard materials like composites, wood, steel and plastics. With a 4 metre by 2 metre bed, it can handle large single jobs or many smaller jobs with ease. This investment will allow the business to create a greater range of signage in house, thereby providing an improved service for customers at an increasingly competitive price and save on bought-in costs.

 

The CNC router has also enabled Signs Express (Norwich) to create a new job, bringing the total workforce to seven employees. The business is looking for this recent investment to complement an increase in turnover by a minimum of 25% in the first 12 months.

 

The purchase of this new machine was supported by HSBC, as well as the New Anglia Growth Hub, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Suffolk County Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Small Grants Scheme and Complete CNC Solutions. The HSBC finance comes from its £400 million fund to support SME’s across East Anglia.

 

Ken Venables, franchise owner at Signs Express (Norwich), said:

“We’re thrilled we have been able to widen our services, thanks to our new CNC router. We used to outsource our larger signage requirements, which limited the amount of work we could take on. With the support of HSBC and our other funding partners, we have been able to bring this service in house and provide a greater range of products and services for our customers.”

 

Sarah Black, HSBC Area Director for Norfolk, said:

“We’re delighted to have worked alongside Signs Express Norwich’s funding partners to help in the purchase of this new routing machine. We’re always looking to support British businesses like Signs Express Norwich and help them realise their ambitions. We look forward to working with Ken and his team as the business continues to grow.”

 

HSBC’s Relationship Manager in Norfolk, Ray Minns, led the funding support for Signs Express Norwich and continues to provide guidance as the company progresses its business strategy.


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